Service for October 4, 2020

Featured art is The Story of Exodus: The Ten Commandments, by Marc Chagall, detail from a tapestry in the Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel.

Download a PDF of this service’s bulletin here or follow along below.

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

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;
it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.
Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted.

Psalm 80:7-15

Welcome and Announcements

The Gate of Peace

*Invocation for Peace

Music

*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 19 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
  2. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
  3. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
  4. yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a
    tent for the sun,
  5. which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
  6. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
  7. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
  8. the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
  9. the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
  11. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
  12. But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
  13. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
  14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer

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

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

  1. Then God spoke all these words:
  2. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
  3. you shall have no other gods before me.
  4. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  1. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
  2. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
  3. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
  1. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
  2. You shall not murder.
  3. You shall not commit adultery.
  4. You shall not steal.
  5. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  6. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
  7. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance,
  8. and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”
  9. Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Sermon

Belonging to a Free Community – 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.

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. Today, October 4, we will celebrate virtual communion at the conclusion of the prayer meeting. Bring some bread or a cracker and a cup to your table. Please join us!

Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom. We are studying the book of Luke. For information and to join the Zoom session, visit the Online Community Services page here.

Pray For: We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Cheryl Parham and Irving Williamson in the loss of Cheryl’s mother, Rose Parham; Danielle Ford and Laurel Eierman; 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