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Williamsburg Baptist Church

Williamsburg Baptist Church

By Art Wright
At Williamsburg Baptist Church we are discovering what it means to be "a different kind of Baptist." We are committed to historic, Baptist principles like freedom of conscience, but we also seek to be an open-minded and inclusive community that values learning, spirituality, and social justice. We invite you to join us on the journey, and hope you will enjoy these podcast recordings of sermons from worship, as well as other recorded programs from the life of our church.

For more information, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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WBC Stories: Michael D. Jones (April 2021)
“Being a gay Christian is a very difficult thing to be. You’re either too gay for the Christians, or too Christian for the gays. And society made you pick: You can either be gay, or you can be Christian. And I don’t fit in this crowd, but I don’t fit in with that crowd either.” (Michael D. Jones)   WBC Stories is a new, periodic series we are launching via Youtube and our podcast, in which we'll invite members and friends of our church to share stories from their journey of faith. One of the challenges of being church together is getting to know one another in deep, meaningful ways—and the pandemic has made that harder than ever! By listening in, you'll get to know Michael in a deeper way, with the hope that in turn you might feel inspired to share some of your story, too. We also believe it’s important to share stories like these to point to God’s presence in our lives all along the way. Thanks so much to Michael for his willingness to share, and thank you for taking time to listen in!
01:05:04
April 21, 2021
"There Are No Good Guys" - April 18, 2021 Sermon (Easter 3)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “There are No Good Guys.” It was part of our worship for April 18th, 2021, and is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for this Sunday (Acts 6:1–8:1, with some omissions for the sake of brevity). We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
17:46
April 18, 2021
"Wait For It" - April 11, 2021 Sermon (Easter 2)
This week's sermon is based on Luke 24:13–35, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday in the Easter season this year. We are so grateful to Rev. Robbie Jones Miller for her willingness to step into the pulpit for us! Rev. Miller currently works at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society/Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies on the campus of the University of Richmond. She graduated from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. She served as the Children's Ministry Associate at Central Baptist Church in Chesterfield County while in seminary. Before attending seminary, Robbie taught elementary school for seven years. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. She is originally from Franklin County, Virginia, but now resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Alex Miller. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
19:33
April 16, 2021
"The Last Word . . . and the Word After That" - April 4, 2021 Sermon (Easter)
Happy Easter! We're so glad you are listening. The sermon you are about to listen to is based on Luke 24:1–12, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for Easter this year. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our  church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
15:46
April 4, 2021
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday 2021
Because we are not offering an in-person Maundy Thursday or Good Friday  service this year, we are sharing this video instead. It includes  artwork and music, along with a reflection on the meaning of these two days from our pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright. We hope it is meaningful to you as we move through this Holy Week and remember Jesus' Last Supper and his crucifixion. Thanks so much for watching! Please feel free to share with others who might not be able to attend Holy Week services this year!  Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/bjIZFdANyDc. Find more out about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. Music:  "Wander" by Emmit Fenn "Somnolent" by The Tides "Court and Page" by Silent Partner "Grass" by Silent Partner
13:08
April 1, 2021
"Collision Course" - March 28, 2021 Sermon (Palm Sunday)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Collision Course.” It was recorded for worship for March 28, 2021, and is based on Luke 19:28–44, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for Palm Sunday. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
16:42
March 28, 2021
"Open Your Eyes" - March 21, 2021 Sermon (Lent 5)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Open Your Eyes.” It was part of our worship for March 21, 2021, and is based on Luke 19:1–10,  which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fifth Sunday of the  Lenten Season. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church  home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are  listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on  your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based  spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our  church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
22:46
March 21, 2021
"Go to Hades" - March 14, 2021 Sermon (Lent 4)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Go to Hades.” It was part of our worship for March 14, 2021, and is based on Luke 16:19–31, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth Sunday of the Lenten Season.  Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
18:57
March 14, 2021
"We Made It" - March 7, 2021 Sermon (Lent 3)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “We Made It.” It was recorded for March 7, 2021 It is based on Luke 15:1–32, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Lenten Season. The sermon itself focuses on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue… we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
23:48
March 7, 2021
"500,000" - February 28, 2021 Sermon (Lent 2)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “500,000.” It was recorded for February 28, 2021. It is based on Luke 13:1–9, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Lenten Season. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgbaptist1828. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a long-time member of our church, are just dropping  in, or live on the other side of the world, we are really glad you are  listening in. Hope you enjoy the sermon.
16:25
February 28, 2021
Bonus Episode: Welcoming and Affirming at Williamsburg Baptist Church
Williamsburg Baptist Church is a welcoming and affirming church. We are often asked what that means to us, and what we think about Scripture and LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are looking for a church home, are wondering if we "believe the Bible," or otherwise, we hope you'll take the time to listen in to find out more. We know this is a long podcast, but we believe this is an important conversation and there is so much more we could say. We would love to talk more about it if you have questions. Don't hesitate to reach out to us to find out more or share your questions and perspective! Visit us at www.williamsburgbaptist.com to find our contact info.
25:07
February 26, 2021
"There Are No Bad Guys" - February 21, 2021 Sermon (Lent 1)
This sermon was recorded for February 21, 2021, and is entitled “There Are No Bad Guys.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the sixth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 10, verses 25–37: The Parable of the Good Samaritan. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more about these opportunities, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgbaptist1828. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a long-time member of our church, are just dropping in, or live on the other side of the world, we are really glad you are listening in. Enjoy the sermon.
17:57
February 21, 2021
Bonus Episode: An Invitation to Ash Wednesday and Lent
In this short podcast, our pastor Art talks about the meaning of Ash Wednesday and Lent. As we move into this somber, sacred season in the life of the church calendar, we hope this podcast will help us prepare to move through these next 40 days of Lent with intentionality and purpose, with our eyes cast toward Holy Week and Easter beyond. Blessings to you as we begin this Lenten season.
04:43
February 16, 2021
"Mountaintop Highs and Valley Reality" - February 14, 2021 Sermon (Transfiguration Sunday)
This sermon was recorded for February 14, 2021, and is entitled “Mountaintop Highs and Valley Reality.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the sixth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 9, verses 28–36.  Our guest preacher this week is Rev. Tom Baynham. Tom is the Senior Pastor at Friedens United Church of Christ in St. Charles, Missouri. Tom is a native of Richmond, VA and has served congregations in Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Missouri. Tom: Welcome! 
We are grateful for your willingness to join us, and to share words of wisdom, encouragement, and challenge today. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a member of our church, or are just dropping in, we are really glad you are listening in. Hope you enjoy the sermon.
16:38
February 14, 2021
Bonus Episode: A Conversation about Advocacy and Racial Equity for Churches
Many congregations have been dialoguing in the wake of racial violence in the United States this past year about what it looks like for us to work toward racial justice and equity. Mission and advocacy work has long been a part of the DNA of Williamsburg Baptist Church, but we still struggle like so many churches to figure out how best to serve and work toward a more racially just world. Listen in as our pastor, Art Wright, dialogues with Mark Snipes about what it looks like for predominantly white churches to become advocates for racial equity in our communities and nation. We think you’ll find Mark’s stories and ideas tremendously helpful! Mark Snipes is the Associate Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBF Virginia) Art Wright is the senior pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church. To find out more about CBF Virginia, head over to cbfva.org. To find out more about Williamsburg Baptist Chuch, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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February 10, 2021
"Mrs. Lemon" - February 7, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 5)
This sermon was recorded for February 7, 2021, and is entitled “Mrs. Lemon.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fifth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 7, verses 1–17. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue… we are really glad you are listening in. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
15:30
February 7, 2021
"Breathe" - January 31, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 4)
This sermon was recorded for January 31, 2021, and is entitled “Breathe.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 6, verses 1–11. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we’re so glad you’re listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
16:04
February 1, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Great Spiritual Migration
THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION (PODCAST RECAP) During the late fall and early January, we  had a wonderful Zoom-based series on Sunday mornings based on Brian McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration. In it, McLaren urges churches and Christians to shift (or "migrate") from our old, outdated understanding of Christianity as a system of beliefs to a new way of life based on love, which in turn leads to more redemptive communities and practices. In this podcast, three of us who participated in the class talk about the book and its impact on our way of understanding Christianity. We’d love for you to listen and share your thoughts! Sydney Cole is a college student at Virginia Tech and is a life-long member of Williamsburg Baptist Church. Lynn Underwood is the moderator of the Leadership Council at Williamsburg Baptist Church and led the class. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church.
48:56
January 25, 2021
"The Sun Also Rises" - January 24, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 3)
This sermon was recorded for January 24, 2021, and is entitled “The Sun Also Rises.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 5, verses 1–11. Whether you are a member of our church, or live in another state or on the other side of the world, we’re so glad you’re listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
13:60
January 24, 2021
"The Power of Words" - January 17, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 2)
This sermon was recorded for January 17, 2021 and is entitled “The Power of Words.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 4, verses 14–30. This week we welcome Rev. Mandy England Cole as our guest preacher.  We hope this sermon is meaningful and helpful for you on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
15:35
January 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: Churches, Pastors, and Politics in the Wake of January 6, 2021
The violence in our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021 was jarring for so many of us. It has been a particularly difficult moment for churches and pastors as they try to figure out how to understand and respond to this shocking and politically divisive moment. In this podcast, Barrett Owen and Art Wright discuss the violence, how they responded (or struggled to respond) as pastors, how members of their congregations reacted, and how they imagine moving forward as people of faith in the context of this difficult moment in American history.  Rev. Barrett Owen is the Senior Pastor at Waynesboro Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA.  Rev. Dr. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA.
01:05:51
January 12, 2021
"Muddy Waters" - January 10, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 1)
This sermon was recorded for January 10, 2021, and is entitled “Muddy Waters.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the first Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 3, verses 1–22, and centers on Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
18:30
January 10, 2021
"#parentingfail" - January 3, 2021 Sermon (Christmas 2)
This sermon was recorded for January 3, 2021, and is entitled “#parentingfail.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Christmas season, which is Luke chapter 2, verses 41–52. We’re so glad you are listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. We’d love to hear from you!
17:09
January 3, 2021
"Enough" - December 27, 2020 Sermon (Christmas 1)
This sermon was recorded for December 27, 2020, and is entitled “Enough.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth week of Advent, which is Luke chapter 2, verses 21–38. We’re so glad you are listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. We’d love to hear from you!
18:48
December 27, 2020
"What to Expect When You Aren't Expecting" - Dec. 20, 2020 Sermon (Advent 4)
This sermon was recorded for December 20, 2020, and is entitled “What to Expect When You Aren’t Expecting.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth week of Advent, which is Luke  1:26–45. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
17:06
December 20, 2020
"Joy in the Rubble" - Dec. 13, 2020 Sermon (Advent 3)
This sermon was recorded for December 13, 2020, and is entitled “Joy in the Rubble.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third week of Advent, which is Isaiah chapter 61, verses 1–11.  Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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December 14, 2020
"Return to Me" - Dec. 6, 2020 Sermon (Advent 2)
This sermon was recorded for December 6, 2020, and is entitled “Return to Me.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second week of Advent, which is Joel chapter 2, verses 12–13, and verses 28–29. Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
14:21
December 8, 2020
Bonus Episode: What is a Chrismon Tree?
Ever wonder why some churches have a Chrismon tree, rather than the more traditionally decorated Christmas tree? We hope you'll take a few minutes to enjoy this podcast about the Chrismon tradition, as well as the history of our own Chrismon tree at Williamsburg Baptist Church! Find out more about our congregation at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
05:29
November 28, 2020
Bonus Episode: Stewardship Moment with Lynn Underwood (Nov. 2020)
Listen in as Lynn Underwood, our moderator of our leadership council, shares why and how he gives financially to support our church. Thanks, Lynn! We are grateful for your support as well,  whether you volunteer your time, pray for us, or give financially! Find  out more about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
04:07
November 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: Stewardship Moment with Rev. Art Wright (Nov. 2020)
Listen in as Rev. Dr. Art Wright, our pastor, explains why his family supports the ministry of the church. We are grateful for your support as well, whether you volunteer your time, pray for us, or give financially! Find out more about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
07:15
November 26, 2020
Bonus Episode: Getting to know our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright (Nov. 2020)
Friends and members of WBC, please take a few minutes to listen to this podcast introduction from Rev. Dr. Art Wright, our new Senior Pastor! And make sure to reach out by phone, email, or social media sometime soon to introduce yourself, if you have not already! Head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com to find more ways to connect.
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November 25, 2020