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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 will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.Psalm 145: 1-8
Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
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
Matthew 20:1-16 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie Ransom
- “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
- After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
- When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
- and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
- When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.
- And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’
- They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
- When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, be- ginning with the last and then going to the first.’
- When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
- Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
- And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
- saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
- But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
- Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
- Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
- So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
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
- When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
- But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.
- He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.
- And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
- And the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
- Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
- The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush.
- But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered.
- When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
- But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.”
- Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night.
- And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – 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.
Visitors – please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.
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 for connecting. Please join us!
Bible Study continues this Wednesday at 6:30 pm with the book of Luke, via Zoom. Information on joining the meeting is available on the website.
Riverside Social Events Team (RiSET) invites you to join in a series of virtual conversations, Safe Space Chat, this Friday September 25 at 7:00 pm. Themes for the series include: Justice, Antiracism, and Living Together. This month, RiSet welcomes a guest speaker, Rev. Robin Williams Evens, who will share on “Choosing a Happy Life.” Please e-mail Jonathan to RSVP for this fantastic discussion!
Pray For: We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Danielle Ford and Laurel Eierman in the loss of Danielle’s father, John Ford; Derek Ford and his sister, Misha Reed; Annie Abbott; Brenda Rozier-Clark and the family of Rev. Paul 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 and mother, Clara Jefferson; Bob Nelson; Laurel Eierman’s mother, Marcia Tringali; Tanya Bethel; Gale Miller’s mother, Marian Miller; Karl Maxwell; Edith Booker;; 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