Service for May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

Featured art is Valley of Dried Bones, by Abraham Rattner.

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

Call to Worship

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works–
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

Music

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 the wisdom to know the difference.

Scripture Lesson 1

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

  1. “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.
  2. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
  1. b. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
  2. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
  3. But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
  4. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
  5. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
  6. about sin, because they do not believe in me;
  7. about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer;
  8. about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
  9. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
  10. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
  11. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
  12. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Scripture Lesson 2

Romans 8:22-27 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;
  2. and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
  3. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
  4. But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
  5. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
  6. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

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.
Amen.

Sermon Lesson

Ezekiel 37:1-14

  1. The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
  2. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.
  3. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”
  4. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
  5. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
  6. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  7. So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
  8. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
  9. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”
  10. I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
  11. Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’
  12. Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
  13. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
  14. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

Sermon

Them Bones – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Benediction


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.

The situation around Covid-19 is rapidly changing. DC and CDC recommendations have recently been updated. The Riverside Baptist Church building remains closed and we continue to gather online to worship. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff should you need anything.

We are currently planning to begin in-person services again on July 18. More information on the current planning is on the website.

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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 is on a summer hiatus.

Safe Space Chat meets this Friday, May 28, and on the fourth Friday of every month, at 6:00 pm. Information for connecting to the meeting is available on the website under “Online Community Services.” Join Jonathan Holley for this opportunity for fellowship and discussion.

Next Sunday, May 30, following the prayer meeting (approximately noon) and in the same Zoom room, we will have a servanthood meeting. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Wednesday, June 9, at 7:00 pm, we will host a Pride discussion via Zoom with Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner. More information will be provided on the website.

Still looking for a vaccine? The District has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Days, hours, and available vaccines are listed on http://vaccinefinder.org.

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

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

Today’s featured artwork is “Valley of Dried Bones,” by Abraham Rattner. 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; 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