Service for May 30, 2021 – Trinity Sunday

Featured art is “Trinity in Dark Tones,” by Alek Rapoport

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

Call to Worship

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Psalm 29

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 3:1-8, 17

  1. Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
  2. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”
  3. Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
  4. Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”
  5. Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
  6. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  7. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’
  8. The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
  1. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Scripture Lesson 2

Romans 8:12-17– Selected and read by Deacon Laurel Eierman

  1. So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
  2. for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
  3. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
  4. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”
  5. it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
  6. and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

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

Isaiah 6:1-8

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
  4. The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.
  5. 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!”
  6. Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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!”

Sermon

A New Kind of Difference – 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.

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!

Today, 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.

This Wednesday, June 2, and the first Wednesday of every month, we offer “Good Grief,” a grief share and support group that will meet 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.

Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner will be our guest preacher next Sunday, June 6 and will lead a PRIDE discussion the following Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Rev. Bonner is the Director of Frontera Wesley, the Wesley Foundation of Tucson. She received her MDiv at Duke Divinity School, and was ordained an Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in 2012. After serving as pastor and young adult organizer in the Northeast, she collaborated with artists in Houston, Texas as they established The Shout, a faith community focused on solidarity. In 2015, that community was mobilized into action when some of the members lost a friend, Sandra Bland, to police brutality in rural Texas. Partnering closely with Sandra’s family, Sorors, the AME Church, and students at Prairie View A&M University, Hannah spent the next couple years splitting her time between Houston and Waller County. In 2016, she was inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., given the Prathia Hall Social Justice Award by WomenPreach, Inc., and recognized as one of the “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American Progress. Dedicated to amplifying the voices of young women, she worked with women in Prairie View to produce a documentary telling their stories released in 2017, “Awaken the Voice.” She has been featured in a series of teaching videos on solidarity from RethinkChurch, and in the HBO documentary “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” Hannah writes at HannahAdairBonner.com, and has published a Bible Study curriculum with Abingdon Press entitled “The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places.”

Still looking for a vaccine? DC, Maryland, and Virginia have opened up vaccines to all residents 12 and older. Days, hours, and available vaccines for all jurisdictions are listed on http://vaccinefinder.org.

Today’s featured artwork is “Trinity in Dark Tones,” by Alek Rapoport 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