Rivergate Community Church

4737 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203-4533
503-285-3138

Sunday Service
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Tuesdays at 11:30am
RCC Women’s Group
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• Tuesdays Noon to 1:00pm
Prayer Group
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• Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Feeding the Hungry - Volunteer
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Weekly Message


June 24, 2018

compassionHappy First Week of Summer!!! We are delighted to have you join us as we worship the Lord this afternoon.

The forecast for today is hot – 86 degrees or so. Depending on where you live 86 degrees doesn't sound that hot – for those in the desert southwest. For those in Alaska it is too hot to imagine. The difference is our perspective.

Our spiritual life is just the same. I had a wise person tell me years ago that the only small problems are someone else's. When you are having the problem it is big to you. You are the one having to deal with the challenges based on your previous experience – your relationship with the Lord – and the strength of your faith. Let us be more understanding and supportive to each other as we face our own set of problems. May our perspective be that of one who stands ready to help one another without judging.

Standing with you,

Pastor Carren


June 17, 2018

CloudsGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We have come to worship the Lord and to hear His Word.

Happy Father's Day! This is a day that our country sets aside to honor fathers. Some here had a wonderful dad – like our family did. Others never knew their father or had struggles with him. Some of you have lost your father, and so there is sadness in your hearts.

All of us here have a loving Heavenly Father – no matter what type of earthly father we may have had. It is God who created us, who called us and who has chosen us to carry on His work. As we take a moment today to honor fathers, may we also say a word of thanks to God our Father. It is because of His great love that we have hope, peace and joy in our lives.

Remembering with you,

Pastor Carren


June 10, 2018

Stop And Smell the RosesWelcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are delighted to have you join with us as we worship the Lord this afternoon.

It is Rose Festival time in Portland. Sandy and I were remembering all the events we went to through the years. We used to get up early and head down to watch the parade. We have gone to the rose gardens to see all the beautiful flowers. We have toured the Navy ships that came to town. We went to the air show that was part of the celebration. It is a great time of year to celebrate this beautiful part of the world where we live.

As Christians there are festivals and observances that we are called to remember as well – Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost are the big celebrations that help us remember God's purposes and plan. Those special occasions bring us together, but may we remember that each day we are called to Love God and Love One Another!

Remembering with you,

Pastor Carren


June 3, 2018

Lords TableGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. It is a great day to come and praise the Lord!

Another month has begun – hard to believe that June is here. On this first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating the Lord's Table. We invite you to take some time before the service to reflect on your life and relationship with the Lord. Where have you stumbled? What do you wish you could take back either in words or actions? The Lord is here this afternoon – speak to Him – confess – and then listen for His voice.

Our lives are so busy with noise that it can be difficult to hear the Lord. We have music or the TV going in our homes and cars most of the time. We have such full schedules that we are on the run trying to get one more thing done on our “to do list”. Where can we find time to sit and listen? May our hearts be hungry for the Lord's voice each and every day of our lives. It may mean an earlier start to our day, or that we stay up a bit longer to just sit in His presence. I promise you that any time you give to the Lord will be a gift and blessing to your days. He will restore you in ways beyond your imagination.

May we all give the Lord the gift of our time.

Listening for His voice with you,

Pastor Carren


May 27, 2018

memorial dayHappy Memorial Day Weekend! We are so glad to have you join us as we gather to worship the Lord this afternoon.

Memorial Day is a time to remember – those who have fallen. As we went to the cemeteries this week to decorate the graves of our precious loved ones, I was struck by the beauty of all the flags that were placed above each marker of someone who served our country. It was a moving moment to think of all the sacrifices others have made for us. May we each take time this weekend to remember and to thank those who gave so much for all of us.

It is a wonderful reminder as well to remember all that Jesus has given for us. He gave His life for each one of us – the ultimate sacrifice – to set us free from the power of sin and death. May we find new life today and thank the Lord for the precious gift we have received.

Remembering with you,

Pastor Carren


May 20, 2018

RainbowWelcome to Rivergate Community Church. It is a great day to come and worship the Lord!

This week we saw again the power and majesty of creation with the volcano explosion in Hawaii. It was beautiful and frightening at the same time. May our hearts go out to all those who have lost their homes and for all those who live in fear of what might happen next. Those images of the ash cloud billowing out of the crater brought back the photos that all of us have seen of Mt. St. Helens exploding exactly 38 years earlier. For those of us who lived through that time it was eerily similar to see those photos on the news this week. None of us lost our homes, but the volcano certainly impacted all of our lives.

At times it is probably a good thing that we are reminded of the power and majesty of creation. We certainly see the beauty all around us right now with the flowers and shrubs all in bloom. With the beauty we also have to remember the fury and power as well. May each of us take some time to reflect on God's power over all creation. It is a good reminder that nothing in this world is more powerful than God who created it all.

Celebrating God's power with you,

Pastor Carren


May 13, 2018

Uncondiitonal LoveHappy Mother's Day! It is a beautiful day to come and worship the Lord.

On this day our nation takes time to honor our mothers. Some of us had wonderful moms who gave themselves over to loving and nurturing their children. Others may not even know their birth mother or had one that struggled with her own problems and wasn't able to love and support her children. For some this is a difficult day – maybe because of the type of mother they had – for some it is because their mom is no longer here with them.

Regardless of the type of mom we may have had on earth. We all have a loving Heavenly Father who created us, chose us and calls us by name. May His love bring healing to broken hearts this day. May the hope we have in Jesus bring comfort and peace to each heart.

Honoring Mom with you,

Pastor Carren


May 6, 2018

crossGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. May your hearts be lifted in praise and adoration of our Lord.

This is the first Sunday of May, and we will celebrating the Lord's Supper later in the service. We invite you to take some time to reflect and prepare your hearts for worship.

The beauty of Spring is bursting our all around us. The colors are bright and vibrant and as you drive around you can smell the sweet scents of lilac and wisteria in the air. It is a time of new life and the promise of growth and beauty.

In our spiritual life we are needing to see new life as well. This is a good time to look at what you are doing that feeds your spirit. Just as the flowers and plants need fertilizer to bloom and grow, we need to have a spiritual food to become all that God desires for us.

May all of us look for things that bring life to our hearts.

Seeking spiritual food with you,

Pastor Carren


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April 8, 2018

Roy LessinGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. May your hearts be lifted in praise and adoration of our Lord.

This is from Roy Lessin's book “Fron God's Heart To Yours”

“When God reduces you, it is for the purpose of increasing His work through you. In this process, you become more aware of your own inadequacies and wonder that God can use you at all.

As you become poor in spirit, you discover your true riches in Christ. When you see yourself as very human and full of flaws, you find Him to be a very great success. As you see yourself as an earthen vessel, you find Him to be the great treasure that enriches the lives of others.”

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

Seeking God with you,

Pastor Carren




April 1, 2018

SmileHe is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

I remember these declarations from my childhood when we were in church each year. It was the best day of the whole year. This was the day to celebrate what God has done. Jesus is no longer in the tomb. He has risen! That is what gives us hope as followers of Christ. We no longer are trapped by the power of sin and death. Jesus' death on the cross set us free, and the power of the resurrection lives in each one of us here this afternoon.

As a Christian is the day that we take the time to celebrate that the tomb is empty. Jesus has triumphed over the power of Satan and sin and death. May your hearts be encouraged and filled with the power of the resurrection all year long.

We have a story to tell all those we meet. Jesus has risen from the dead!

Celebrating the resurrection with you,

Pastor Carren




March 25, 2018

Palm BranchesHosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!” Those words were shouted as Jesus came riding into Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago. It was the culmination of his earthly ministry. As Jesus came closer to the city the people took their coats off and spread them across the road and they waved leafy palm branches which they had cut from the fields.

It was quite a scene of honor and triumph for Jesus. I wonder what it would have felt and sounded like that day. The crowds were pushing in to get a closer look at Jesus who they had heard about. They had heard of his teaching and the wondrous miracles, and now they honored him with shouts of honor and praise. What would you have been doing had you been in Jerusalem that day?

Today is Palm Sunday which we set aside to remember that day and it marks the beginning of Holy Week. On this day we celebrate that Jesus is our Lord. It is a time to reflect back over the last week of His life on earth and to prepare ourselves for Good Friday and then Easter service next Sunday.

May we each lift our voices in joy and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ this afternoon in our worship service.

Shouting Hosanna with you,

Pastor Carren




March 18, 2018

CrocsGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We hope your hearts are encouraged as we come together to worship the Lord.

Spring begins this week. I know some of you are very anxious for the beauty and new life that is right around the corner. It is a time of renewal and hope. We see our plants and trees coming back to life after a season of being dormant. I see buds on our trees in the yard, and know that they will soon blossom with all kinds of colors and textures.

For us as well, the changing of the seasons is a good time to look at our spiritual lives and see where we are. Do we see signs of new life? Is their hope in our hearts? Have we rested during the winter and allowed the Lord to bring healing and restoration? May we take this next week of transitions as an opportunity to take stock of our life with the Lord, and see what needs work so that new life will come to our hearts and lives.

Taking inventory with you,

Pastor Carren




March 11, 2018

sunshineWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this beautiful day. As we gather together may our hearts be lifted in worship to our Lord.

When the weather is so nice it is inviting to be able to get out and let the sunshine warm your body. These days are such gifts to our lives. We live in a place that has lots of rainy and gray days during the winter, and this weekend can really impact your mental well being. Everything just seems a little brighter and more hopeful on days like today.

Our spiritual lives have seasons as well, and it may seem that you have been going through a particularly difficult time, but these days remind us that brighter days are coming. Just when it seems we can't hang on for another day – the sunshine will break forth and it lifts your spirit and you know that the Lord is with you all of your days.

Grateful for the Son with you,

Pastor Carren




March 4, 2018

PrayGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are happy to have you join us in worship of the Lord.

It is hard to believe that this is the first Sunday in March. As I look out in our yard the spring flowers are in full bloom and the bushes are starting to sprout new growth. It has been an interesting weather start to our year. We had warm 60 degree days in January and then snow in late February! For those of us who are native Oregonians we have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to our weather.

Life is full of unexpected turns as well. We have had our share of folks in our congregation struggle with their own health or that of loved ones. It seems to be a season of needing to take extra care of one another. May we each take time to lift up in prayer needs listed in the bulletin and look for ways to share the burdens of one another. We ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage each heart here today as we gather together.

Celebrating the Creator with you,

Pastor Carren




February 25, 2018

Snowy berriesGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. If you have a prayer request, please fill out the form in the pew and place in the offering.

I loved the weather this past week. I grew up in the snow and I love the beauty of it as it covers the trees and ground. It slows us down and there is a peace that comes with it as well. I remember walking in the snow late at night because it was so light out, and the crunching sound it makes when you take a step. This week was great because the snow fell at night and for the most part was gone during the day so we could still get out.

I think at times the Lord wants us to slow down and when we can't do it on our own the snow comes which forces us to not go at such a fast pace. We were not created to run around at the rate we go these days, so when the unexpected happens may we relax and enjoy the beauty all around us.

Enjoying God's beauty with you,

Pastor Carren




February 18, 2018

Valentines DayGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. May your hearts be encouraged as we gather together to worship the Lord.

What is love? This week we celebrated Valentine's Day – which for children includes exchanging valentines and getting some candy. As an adult, what do we think of when we hear the word love? For many they think of that feeling you get in your heart when you see someone you care for.

Paul wrote about love in his letter to the church at Corinth. He said: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

May we be people who show that kind of love to those around us.

Showing God's love with you,

Pastor Carren




February 11, 2018

faithGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. What a great day to come and lift our voices in praise to the Lord.

On this day we invite you to take some time to look over the prayer requests in the bulletin and spend some time before the service lifting them up in prayer. If you have any prayer requests please fill out the form in the pew and place in the offering.

We are so grateful that we have a Heavenly Father who hears the cries of His children. Whatever you are facing in your life may you know that He is listening and will meet your deepest need.

Lifting our needs to the Lord with you,

Pastor Carren




February 4, 2018

SupperWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this first Sunday in February. We will celebrate the Lord's Supper during the service, so we invite you to take a few moments in quiet to prepare your hearts for worship.

For a small church we have had a lot of people struggling with illness and lots of visits to doctors and hospitals. If it isn't someone from our church family it is our personal family members or close friends who we are concerned about. Please take some time today to look at the prayer requests, and to also remember to lift them up in prayer in the coming week.

Our family is so grateful for the prayers we have received. I know that it is at those moments when you are standing by the bed of a loved one in the Emergency Room or ICU that you feel those prayers and the loving arms of our Lord. May we be known as a people that carries the burdens of one another and that we stand in the gap for those who need tender care and support.

Standing in prayer with you,

Pastor Carren




January 28, 2018

TrustGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We invite you to take some time to prepare your hearts for worship.

My office at home looks out into our back yard, and I love to sit and watch the birds and squirrels out the window. The scene changes with the seasons. All of our leaves have finally fallen to the ground, and the trees are bare, but I noticed that there are tiny patches of green starting to burst out of the ground – the first sign of new life coming soon.

If you look at your spiritual life today – what season are you in? I invite you to spend time alone with the Lord this week and listen for His voice. Do you hear Him speaking to you? What is He saying? God created us to be in close relationship with him. If you aren't feeling that close – who moved?

Listening for His voice with you,

Pastor Carren




January 21, 2018

solutionsWelcome to Rivergate Community Church this afternoon. We are delighted to have you as we come to worship the Lord.

Life changes in moments is something we know can happen, but when it happens it can be surprising. Took my brother in for a test and found out that he was having another bleed in his brain. We go from a 3 hour visit to 3 days in the ICU. So grateful to know that there is a family of folks here who can step in the gap and continue the ministry here while covering our family in prayer.

This week it was our family, but in the days ahead we don't know how or when our lives will change. The one thing we do know is that God is faithful to us all the days of our lives. His love, mercy and compassion never comes to an end – they are new every morning. On this day let us remember the faithfulness of our God – no matter what may come our way.

Grateful for God's faithfulness with you,

Pastor Carren




January 14, 2018

Clouds SunGood Afternoon and welcome to Rivergate Community Church. We are happy to have you join us in worship of the Lord.

What a beautiful weekend of weather we have had. Hard to believe that it has been close to 60 degrees in the middle of January. Last year at this time we were digging out from snow and ice that crippled the region. We have a poem on the refrigerator at home of Dennis the Menace that shows them looking out the window that says - “God never goofs Joey, He just likes to surprise people once in awhile.”

As I was driving yesterday I thought about how the Lord sends us this bright blue sky and sunshine just before we are going to have a week of rain and gray skies. The Lord knows just what we need, and I do agree with Dennis – I think he does like to surprise us with the gift of sunshine and warm weather in the midst of winter. May you remember all the sunshine days when the rain is beating down. It won't last forever! We have that promise.

Celebrating the Creator with you,

Pastor Carren




January 7, 2018

Happy New YearWelcome to Rivergate Community Church on this first Sunday of a new year! We invite you to take some time to prepare your hearts for worship.

A new year always brings us to a point of looking back over the previous year. What did we learn? Are there changes we need to make? May we all take some time to listen to the Lord's voice as we start another year. What do we need to focus on in 2018?

May all of us renew our commitment to grow in our faith and relationship with the Lord.

Growing with you,

Pastor Carren