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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
Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs;
you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.
I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows,
those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats.
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.
I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.Psalm 66: 8-20
Welcome and Announcements
The Gate of Peace
*Invocation for Peace
*The Peace of Christ
May God grant us courage to change the things need changing,
the peace to accept the things we cannot change,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Gates of Offering and Thanksgiving
Scripture Lesson 1
Acts 17:22-31 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts
- Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.
- For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
- The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,
- nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.
- From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,
- so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him–though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
- For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
- Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.
- While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
- because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
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
- The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
- Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
- So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
- But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
- By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.
- Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
- But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[a]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
- “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
- Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
- So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
- Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
- They all ate and were satisfied,
- and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
- The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
With Jesus in the Wilderness – Rev. Tonetta Landis-Aina
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.
Every Sunday at 11:00 am we gather online via Zoom to fellowship and pray. Information is available on the website. Please join us!
Bible Study will resume this Wednesday May 20 at 6:00 pm. with the book of James, led by Rev. Nick via Zoom. Please read chapter 1 of James. Information on joining the meeting on May 20 is available on the website.
Visitors – please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.
Pray For: Our deepest Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Louis Pitts on her passing; Our deepest Christian sympathy to Teena Siggers and her family in the loss of her brother, Timothy Paul Siggers; 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