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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.
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?Psalm 116:1-2, 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
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
Psalm 100 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts
- Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
- Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
- Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
- For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
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
- Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
- When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
- Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
- therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
- Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave.
- As you enter the house, greet it.
- If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
- If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
- Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
- “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
- Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues;
- and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles.
- When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;
- for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
- Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
- and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
A House of Hospitality – 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.
Every Sunday at 11:00 am we gather online via Zoom to fellowship and pray. Today we will have our first virtual communion. Information is available on the website. Please join us!
When we gather for communion during fellowship hour, we ask you to try and bring elements resembling what is customarily used during the service. For the cup it is advised to try and have wine or juice; please do not use soda, sport drinks, or other such beverages. If you are unable to have access to wine or juice, please consider water. For the bread it is advised to use a simple piece of bread or saltine type cracker. Please do not use pastries, desserts, cookies, chips, or flavored snacks. As best as possible keep the elements simple and close to what we would use during a service.
Bible Study continues on Wednesday, June 17, at 6:00 pm with the book of James, led by Rev. Nick via Zoom. Information on joining the meeting is available on the website.
RiSet presents an open forum via Zoom on anti-racism, faith, and creative justice on Friday June 26, 6:00 pm. Information is available on the website.
Visitors – please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.
Pray For: 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