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Gates of Prayer
Please practice silence and contemplative prayer, as we prepare our hearts to come before the LORD.
Silence is the mother of speech.Brother Thomas Merton
[If you are unsure what to pray, pray this: “Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the world, enlighten me.”]
Call to Worship
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Welcome and Announcements
The Gate of Peace
*Invocation for Peace
*The Peace of Christ
Praise God from who all blessings flow
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Gates of Offering and Thanksgiving
Scripture Lesson 1
Acts 2:14a, 36-41 – Chosen by Deacon Arnold Fields
14a. But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,”
36. Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
38. Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”
40. And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
41. So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
Gates of Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever.
The Gate of Proclamation
Scripture Lesson 2
13. Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
14. and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
15. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,
16. but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.
18. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”
19. He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20. and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.
21. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.
22. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning,
23. and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.
24. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”
25. Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!
26. Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”
27. Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.
29. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
31. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
32. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
33. That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
34. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”
35. Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
A Walk to Remember – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian
Gate of Consecration
In the Life of the Church
Welcome to Riverside Baptist Church, where our one law is love of God and neighbor. Justice and peace matter to us. So we celebrate racial diversity, gender equality, and inclusion of all persons no matter their sexual orientation. We draw the circle of God’s love large here. You’re included. Christ is the center here. No one more and nothing less.
With the continued recommendation from the CDC and local authorities Riverside’s building will remain closed until further notice. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff should you need anything.
While the building is closed, we gather online to worship. We will keep you updated through the newsletter and the website on the status of the building.
Next Sunday, May 3rd – Riverside Readers will meet, virtually, to discuss the poetry of Audre Lorde. Please read “A Litany for Survival,” and feel free to bring along any other poems by Audre Lorde that you would like to share and discuss. And since we can’t share snacks in person, bring your snacks too! Email Cedric Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Cedric will provide information ahead of the meeting on how to access the virtual meeting.
Visitors– please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.
Pray For: Congratulations to Jack and Freda White’s granddaughter, Leeah Harvey, and her husband Ian Harvey on the birth of Naomi Marie Harvey, Jack and Freda’s first great grandchild; Brenda Rozier Clark; Anthony Maimer’s sister, Davi Stuhlsatz; Denise Bennett’s sister, Dyanne Smith; Tanya Bethel’s mother, Ruby McCrary; Eleanor Troutman; Pamela Maimer’s sister, Monica Thomas; Allen Dobbins Sr., and his wife Nell, Courtney and Allen Jr; Bob Nelson; Laurel Eierman’s mother, Marcia Tringali; Tanya Bethel; Annie Abbott; Gale Miller’s mother, Marian Miller; Karl Maxwell; Edith Booker; Pamela Maimer’s mother, Clara Jefferson; Louise Pitts; Emma Wright’s sister Sallie Williams; Lillie Ransom’s sister Teriea and her husband, Jerry; Sheba Greene’s daughter Donna; Dr. Bledsoe’s mother, Peggy Bledsoe