Sunday Service for January 17 Is Now Available

The service for January 17, 2021 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

We welcome visitors joining us and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Visitors are also welcome to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Mumejian shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Let’s Meet This Moment

“[My father] used to wake me up every morning at dawn…But it was still dark. It’s dark right now. But morning comes. And scripture tells us weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Let us rise up, greet the morning, and meet the challenges of this moment. Together, we can do the necessary work and win the future for all of our children.”

Raphael Warnock

I do my best not to be political for the sake of being political and seldom name actual politicians’ names. But when a Baptist minister, who studied under James Cone, is elected the first black senator of the state of Georgia, it’s difficult to not be excited and celebrate Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock. This is particularly true as his nomination was cemented on the same day seditious violence was perpetrated by white supremacists just a few blocks away from our church. Lives were lost including two Capitol Police officers.

In a year where there has been so much weeping, in fact too much weeping, I earnestly look forward to the joy that is coming; and church, joy is coming! I’m not sure when we’ll be able to regather, but I do know the prospect of such a regathering is more certain than before. The hard and determined work by the many scientists, health workers, administrators, doctors, and nurses have brought us to a place where we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There are still many challenges facing us. Challenges stemming from the virus of COVID-19 to the virus of racism and wanton prejudice. Yet despite these challenges, Riverside Baptist Church remains resolute in her mission and commitment to our families, community, and most importantly the gospel she teaches and lives out. May we continue to strive for joy and continue the necessary work that is ahead.

Thank you,

Rev. Nick

Sunday Service for January 10 Is Now Available

The Dream of the Three Kings, by Brian Whelan
The Dream of the Three Kings, by Brian Whelan

The service for January 10, 2021 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

We welcome visitors joining us and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Visitors are also welcome to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service. Today’s prayer meeting will conclude with virtual communion. Please gather communion elements of bread or a cracker and a cup to share in this sacrament.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Mumejian shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Our Fate Lies Not in Our Hands

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Ephesian 1:3

Church, hear the good news of Christ’s blessings! Our fate is not in our own hands, but in God’s and it has already been determined for us. And God, in mercy and love, refuses to be limited by our inabilities or abilities. God refuses to be limited by our abilities to do harm, evil, and even produce death. As we begin this new year, may we count our blessings, may we be blessings to one another, and may we demonstrate to the world the hope that Jesus brings. Amen. Thank you,

Rev. Nick

Sunday Service for January 3 Is Now Available

The service for January 3, 2021 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

We welcome visitors joining us and ask that you go here to let us know you were here today. There is also an option to sign up for our weekly newsletter at that link so that you can keep up with the activities of our church.

Visitors are also welcome to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service. Today’s prayer meeting will conclude with virtual communion. Please gather communion elements of bread or a cracker and a cup to share in this sacrament.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Mumejian shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

New Year, New Hope

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

Dear Riverside,

We look upon the coming year with hope. 2020 has been a year filled with lose, anxiety, loneliness, hostility, and anger. So, we look toward 2021 with hope, perhaps cautious hope, but hope, nonetheless.

In that hope, may we find kindness, for this is also my prayer. Kindness towards ones another as we make our way through this pandemic and kindness towards ourselves as we accept our own limitations and realize that we often neglect imparting grace, much needed grace, upon ourselves.

The thing about kindness is that it does take courage. It takes courage to be vulnerable. It takes courage to do the right thing when that is what is best for our neighbor. It takes courage to put others first at times when we feel we need to cling onto perhaps the very little we have left. It takes great courage to be kind.

It takes courage to love ourselves at times when we feel inadequate or unworthy. It takes courage to admit that we may not have it all together and need the help of others. It takes courage to admit we can’t do it alone. It takes courage to be kind, to one another and ourselves.

Thus, my prayer for Riverside and our community for this coming year is that we find courage, the courage to be kind, the courage to become a living sanctuary that welcomes and comforts one another. The courage to have hope.

May God bless you and yours and may 2021 be year filled with hope, love, and kindness. May it be a year of healing and a year of continued growth. And with that, I’ll leave you with the words of a modern day psalmist.

“In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.”

Beyoncé

Sincerely,

Rev. Nick

Sunday Service for December 27 Is Now Available

Ugandan Nativity, from the Collection of Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Ugandan Nativity, from the Collection of Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

The service for December 27, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

Please remember to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Mumejian shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.

Christ is the Reason for the Season

Dear Riverside,

As we conclude our Advent season and eagerly anticipate the coming of Christmas this week, it is my prayer you and your loved ones find hope, love, joy, and peace. I pray that during this time you are filled with warmth and contentment. This time of year can be difficult for many. Please know and feel the love of your Riverside family. If you are able, please join us Thursday at 7:00 pm for a Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols virtual service. The information is posted below and on the website.

Sincerely, 

Rev. Nick


Thursday, December 24, 7:00 pm: You are invited to a special live, virtual Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve service! Members of the choir and diaconate will lead us in Christmas carols and scripture readings as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

You will not be asked to participate, simply come and enjoy our service. The Zoom link is here.

Riverside Choir Christmas Program and Sunday Service for December 20 Is Now Available

Holy Family, by Allan Rohan Crite (1936)
Holy Family, by Allan Rohan Crite (1936)

The Riverside Choir Christmas Program and service for December 20, 2020 is now available here. You can also view a list of past Sunday services here.

The Riverside Choir presents their online Christmas program during this service

Please remember to join the online prayer meeting at 11:00 am after the Sunday service.

To balance the spiritual needs of church-goers with the physical health risks from gatherings and COVID-19, Riverside Baptist Church is offering online Sunday services. Rev. Mumejian shares the word of God and a bulletin guides you through the service. Through these online resources, you can continue to connect with God and the Riverside community.