Service for April 25, 2021

Featured art is Christ as the Good Shepherd, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy.

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Call to Worship

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.
Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood
I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16

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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: 1-12

  1. While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them,
  2. much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead.
  3. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
  4. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.
  5. The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem,
  6. with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
  7. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
  8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
  9. if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed,
  10. let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
  11. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’
  12. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 23 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
  3. he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
  6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

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 10:11-18

  1. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  2. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away–and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
  3. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
  4. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
  5. just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
  6. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
  7. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
  8. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”


The Other Sheep – 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!

Wednesday, May 5, and on the first Wednesday of every month, we offer “Good Grief,” a grief share and support group that meets monthly for those who are grieving to come, share, and encourage one another. Information for connecting via Zoom and telephone is available on the website under Online Community Services.

Riverside Readers will meet next Sunday, May 2, immediately after our Sunday morning prayer meeting in the same Zoom room. After exploring novels and poetry in previous years, we will read and discuss speeches of great orators. This month we will focus on Frederick Douglass. For more information about Riverside Readers, please email Cedric Lawson at

Bible Study will return in Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm. The Zoom link is on the website.

Still looking for a vaccine? The District has opened appointments to everyone over the age of 16. Register at the city’s internet site at

In Maryland, check out Maryland Equity Vaccine Hunters on Facebook, by telephone or text at (410) 424-5020 or by email at

And in Virgina, connect with Virginia Vaccine Hunters via Facebook.

Today’s featured artwork is a mosaic of “Christ as the Good Shepherd,” from approximately 450 AD, located in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, on the grounds of the Basilica of San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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