Service for October 25, 2020

Featured art is Dreams, Visions and Change, The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mural, by Louis Delsarte at Peace Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1

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 22:34-46 – Selected and Read by Deacon Vincent Haskell

  1. Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
  2. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
  3. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
  4. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
  5. This is the first and greatest commandment.
  6. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
  7. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  8. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
  9. “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied.
  10. He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
  11. “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
  12. If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”
  13. No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

  1. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
  2. Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
  1. You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor.
  2. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
  3. You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself.
  4. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.


Endless Love – 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. Please join us!

Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 1. Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday when we “fall back”
one hour at 2:00 am Sunday.

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.

Riverside Social Events Team (RiSET) invites you to join in a series of virtual conversations, Safe Space Chat, this Friday, October 23 at 6:00 pm. The discussion will center on the topic of LGBTQIA soul care. Our guest will be Mr. Derrick “Strawberry” Cox. He is the 2019 Charlotte Smallwood Volunteer of the Year award winner. A dancer, model, actor, and advocate for HIV awareness education, preventative health, and Gay and Lesbian civil rights and liberties, Mr. Cox will bring a positive perspective to our topic. Please e-mail Jonathan to RSVP for this fantastic discussion!

Rev. Nick will be off next Sunday. We are glad to have Rev. Jill McCrory as guest preacher for the week.

We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor Troutman, including her daughter, Karen Greenwood, and granddaughter, Alexandra Greenwood. Eleanor, who passed away on October 15, was the widow of Robert Troutman, who pastored Riverside from 1973 until 1987.

We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Sonia Trask in the loss of her mother, Florence Hutchinson.

We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Jonathan Holley in the loss of his father, Lawrence Holley, Jr.

Pray For: Mattie Sharpless’s mother, Lecola Sharpless; 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; 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