Service for April 11, 2021

Featured art is Christ Shows Himself to Thomas, by Rowan and Irene LeCompte, a mosaic in the Resurrection Chapel at Washington National Cathedral.

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

Call to Worship

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

Psalm 133

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The Peace of Christ

May God grant us courage to change the things that need changing,
the peace to accept the things we cannot change,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Scripture Lesson 1

Acts 4:32-35

  1. Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.
  2. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
  3. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
  4. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Scripture Lesson 2

1 John 1:1-2:2 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts

  1. We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life–
  2. this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us–
  3. we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
  4. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
  5. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
  6. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true;
  7. but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
  8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
  9. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
  1. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
  2. and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

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

John 20:19-31

  1. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
  2. After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
  3. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
  4. When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
  5. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
  6. But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
  7. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
  8. A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
  9. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”
  10. Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
  11. Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
  12. Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
  13. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


Coming to Belief – 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 week we will share communion following the prayer meeting. Bring the elements to your table so that we may all gather together at the Lord’s table. Please join us!

Bible Study continues Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM. We will be discussing Eschatology and the End Times and what they mean for us. The Zoom link is available on the website under Online Community Services. Join us!

The SW Pearl Group, organized by Rev. Ruth Hamilton and Vyllorya Evans, has planned “Remember the Pearl,” a commemorative, educational Zoom event for Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm. The Pearl was a ship that sailed from the 7th Street Wharf (across Maine Avenue from the church) on April 15, 1848, carrying 77 enslaved people in an attempted escape from slavery. The event will feature Underground Railroad historian C.R. Gibbs, and Pearl descendant Dawne Young. At 8:00 pm, the SW Pearl Group will process to the Southwest Duck Pond, led with spirituals sung by Jonathan Holley. He will be followed by two period re-enactors. The group will gather at a temporary memorial site at the Duck Pond, light 77 luminarias, and read the names of those who sought freedom. Dr. Sheila S. Walker will speak briefly about the metaphor of The Pearl. Rev. Ruth Hamilton of Westminster Presbyterian will also give brief remarks, among others. The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation limit gatherings to 50 people in park space. If you live nearby you may wish to come over at 8:00 pm for the small gathering. We are encouraging citizens to bring flowers to lay at the memorial site which will be there through April 18.

Today’s featured artwork is “Christ Shows Himself to Thomas,” by Rowan and Irene LeCompte. It is a mosaic in the Resurrection Chapel at Washington National Cathedral. For a video tour of the Resurrection Chapel, visit

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