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Call to Worship
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”John 1:43-51
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote,
Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
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The Peace of Christ
May God grant us the 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
- In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
- Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
- And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
- The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.
- And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
- Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
- The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”
- Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
Scripture Lesson 2
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell
- O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
- You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
- You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
- Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
- You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
- Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
- For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
- I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
- My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
- Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
- How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
- I try to count them — they are more than the sand; I come to the end — I am still with you.
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.
1 Samuel 3:1-20
- Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
- At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;
- the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
- Then the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”
- and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.
- The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
- Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
- The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.
- Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
- Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
- Then the LORD said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.
- On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
- For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
- Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
- Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
- But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.”
- Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”
- So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”
- As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
- And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.
Being Called – 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. Please join us!
Bible Study continues this week, Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm. Information for connecting to the group is available on the website under “Online Community Services.” We will continue discussing, “Does the Bible Support the Idea of Universalism?”
Safe Space Chat resumes on the fourth Friday of the month, January 22. Information for connecting to the meeting is also available on the website under “Online Community Services.” Join Jonathan Holley to start 2021 with fellowship and discussion.
Please make sure that the church office has your current contact information. We will begin sending out 2020 giving receipts this week. If you give via PayPal, note that this does NOT automatically give the office access to your contact information. Your statement is available, but cannot be mailed without your address. Please contact the church
We are also updating the church directory. In the past, the directory has contained names, addresses, and telephone numbers. We would also like to include email addresses. Please send the information you would like included in the directory to the office at email@example.com.
We will have a servanthood meeting via Zoom on Sunday, January 31 for church members following the prayer meeting. Please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.
We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to EJ Hill and her family in the passing of her mother, Elaine Hill.
Pray For: EJ Hill and family; Lynda Gyles and family; 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