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Call to Worship
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!Psalm 147: 12-20
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.
He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down hail like crumbs– who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!
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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.
Scripture Lesson 1
- For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”
- See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.
- With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
- Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”
- For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
- They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.
- Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
- I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord.
Scripture Lesson 2
John 1:1-18 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- He was in the beginning with God.
- All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being
- in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
- The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
- There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
- He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
- He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
- The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
- He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
- He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
- But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
- who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
- 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.
- (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.'”)
- From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
- The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- 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.
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.
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
- just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
- He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,
- to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
- In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
- that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight
- he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
- as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
- In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,
- so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
- In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
- this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
Blessed in Christ – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian
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. 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. 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.
Every Sunday at 11:00 am we gather online via Zoom to fellowship and pray. Information is available on the website. This Sunday we will share communion at the end of the meeting. Bring your elements to your table that we may all join around Christ’s table. Please join us!
Bible Study and Safe Space Chat will resume this month.
Today is the second Sunday of Christmas!
Happy New Year!
Please make sure that the church office has your current contact information. We will be sending out 2020 giving receipts soon.
Pray For: 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