Service for February 7, 2021

Featured art is “Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly,” by African American artist James Hampton. See the announcements below for more information about this artwork.

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

Call to Worship

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 138

Welcome and Announcements



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

Mark 1:29-39

  1. As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
  2. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.
  3. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
  4. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.
  5. And the whole city was gathered around the door.
  6. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
  7. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
  8. And Simon and his companions hunted for him.
  9. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”
  10. He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”
  11. And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalms 147:1-11, 20c – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan Holley

  1. Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
  2. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
  3. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
  4. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
  5. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
  6. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.
  7. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.
  8. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.
  9. He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.
  10. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
  11. but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
  1. c. Praise the Lord!

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.

Sermon Lesson

Isaiah 40:21-31

  1. Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
  2. It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in;
  3. who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
  4. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
  5. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
  6. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.
  7. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
  8. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
  9. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
  10. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
  11. but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.


Where Eagles Dare – 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.

We are 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

Every Sunday at 11:00 am we gather online via Zoom to fellowship and pray. Information is available on the website. Today, Sunday, February 7, we share communion at the end of the meeting. Bring your elements to your table so that we may all join around Christ’s table. Please join us!

Riverside Readers are meeting today, February 7, immediately after our Sunday morning prayer meeting. After exploring novels and poetry in previous years, we will read and discuss speeches of great orators. For more information, please email Cedric Lawson at

Next Sunday, February 14, following the prayer meeting, we will have a specially called servanthood meeting via Zoom to complete the discussion of endowment donations for 2021. This will be in the same Zoom room as the prayer meeting. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Bible Study will next meet, Wednesday, February 17, at 6:00 pm. Information for connecting to the group is available on the website under “Online Community Services.” This will be a special Ash Wednesday Bible study.

We offer “Good Grief,” a grief share and support group that will meet monthly for folks who are grieving to come, share, and encourage one another, starting Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm and continuing the second Tuesday of every month. Further details will be available on the website and in the newsletter shortly.

Today’s featured artwork is “Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly,” by African American artist James Hampton. It is on display at the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum. More information on the art is available from the Smithsonian site and more information on the artist is available on Wikipedia.

Pray For: Pamela Maimer’s sisters, Monica Thomas and Tonya Jefferson, and mother, Clara Jefferson; 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; 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