Service for November 1, 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

In the beginning. In the beginning of God’s creating. In the beginning was the Word.
God speaking the world into being. Jesus, the Word of God.
The Word gives light. A light that shines in our world.
At the beginning of our time together, speak to us of your light.
We are hungry for your words of life.
We cannot live by food alone. We wait on the word of God to fill us.
It is time for us to put flesh on your word. That we might be your hands and feet, in our homes, jobs, and streets. We will let our light shine, that the world might see, and be transformed.

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 107:1-9, 33-37 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
  2. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble
  3. and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
  4. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;
  5. hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
  6. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;
  7. he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.
  8. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
  9. For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
  1. He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
  2. a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
  3. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
  4. And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;
  5. they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

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

John 1:1-18

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. He was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being
  4. in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
  5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
  6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
  7. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
  8. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
  9. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
  10. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
  11. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
  12. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
  13. who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
  14. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
  15. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’)
  16. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
  17. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
  18. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.


Word of Grace – Rev. Dr. Jill McCrory

Gate of Consecration


Go out and be aware of God’s love in the world.
May you be aware of God’s flickering light leading the way.
May you experience grace upon grace in your coming and going, in your rising up and your laying down, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in your tears…
May you feel God’s love surround you with its shining light.

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.

Visitors – please go here to let us know that you were online with us today.

We welcome Rev. Dr. Jill McCrory to the pulpit today, and are glad to see her again. Rev. Dr. Jill McCrory, known in Washington, DC as “Jill the Baptist” has been ministering for over 20 years in the DC area. She is a past chair of AWAB and active in LGBTQ advocacy in DC and Maryland. She is active in the Alliance of Baptists. At present she is filling a short-term intentional interim position at Open Door MCC in Boyds, MD.

Every Sunday at 11:00 am we gather online via Zoom to fellowship and pray. Information is available on the website. Today, November 1 and next Sunday, November 8, we will celebrate virtual communion at the conclusion of the prayer meeting. Bring the elements to your table so that we can all join together around the Lord’s Table. Please join us!

Did you remember to change your clocks? Daylight saving time ended this morning at 2:00 am. Fall back!

Bible Study is canceled this Wednesday, November 4. We will resume on Wednesday November 11th at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. We continue to study the book of Luke.

Riverside Readers meet virtually today, November 1 at noon, immediately following the prayer meeting, via the same Zoom room, to discuss the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson. We will discuss “Ode to Beauty,” and any other poems by Emerson that readers bring to share and discuss. The zoom link and additional information is available at the Online Community Services.

We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor Troutman, who passed away on October 15. Eleanor 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.

Pray For: Mattie Sharpless’s mother, Lecola Sharpless; Danielle Ford’s aunt, Connie Jasper; 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