Service for August 2, 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

Lo, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I
will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Isaiah 55:1-5

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 145: 8-9, 14-21 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie Ransom

  1. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  2. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
  1. The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
  2. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
  3. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
  4. The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
  5. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
  6. He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.
  7. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
  8. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

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.

The Gate of Proclamation

Scripture Lesson 2

Matthew 14:13-21

  1. Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
  2. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.
  3. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
  4. Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
  5. They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”
  6. And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
  7. Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
  8. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.
  9. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


Comrade Jesus? – 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. We are working on a plan to reopen the building and resume in person worship services as soon as it is safe. 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!

Today, August 2, and next Sunday, August 9, we will again celebrate virtual communion at the conclusion of the 11:00 am prayer meeting. Please bring wine or juice and bread or cracker to your table to join in.

Riverside Readers meet, virtually, at noon next Sunday, August 2, to discuss the poetry of Mary Oliver. Mary Jane Oliver (1935 – 2019), was described by The New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” She would retreat from a difficult home to the nearby woods, where she would build huts of sticks and grass and write poems. Oliver lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Hobe Sound, Florida, until her death in early 2019 at the age of 83. Please read “Morning Poem,” and feel free to bring along any other poems by Mary Oliver 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 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: Our Christian sympathy goes to Freda White’s extended family in the passing of her cousin, Bonita Tillman; our Christian sympathy to Annie Abbot in the passing of her cousin, Constance Jones; Derek Ford and his sister, Misha Reed; 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; 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