Service for May 3, 2020

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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

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46

Welcome and Announcements

The Gate of Peace

*Invocation for Peace

Music

*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

John 10:1-10

1. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.

2. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

3. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

5. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

6. Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

7. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.

8. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.

9. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.

10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Gates of Prayer

Pastoral 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.
Amen.

The Gate of Proclamation

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 23 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3. he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.

5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long

Sermon

The Shepherd’s Way – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Gate of Consecration

*Benediction


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.

Today, May 3 – Riverside Readers will meet, virtually, at noon 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 readers@riversidedc.org for more information. Cedric will provide information ahead of the meeting on how to access the virtual meeting.

Wednesday May 6 at 6:00 pm. – Bible study on the book of Galatians, led by Rev. Nick via Zoom. Information is available here for how to join in.

Visitors – please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.

Pray For: Our deepest Christian sympathy to Teena Siggers and her family in the loss of her brother, Timothy Paul Siggers; 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; Louise Pitts; Annie Abbott; 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; Gale Miller’s mother, Marian Miller; Karl Maxwell; Edith Booker; Pamela Maimer’s mother, Clara Jefferson; 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