Service For June 6, 2021

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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

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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

Romans 12:9-16b

  1. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
  2. Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
  3. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
  4. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
  5. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
  6. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  7. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
  8. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 130 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan Holley

  1. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
  2. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
  3. If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
  4. But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
  5. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
  6. my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
  7. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
  8. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

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

Mark 3:20-35

  1. and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
  2. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”
  3. And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”
  4. And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?
  5. If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
  6. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
  7. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come.
  8. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
  9. “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter;
  10. but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”–
  11. for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
  12. Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.
  13. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.”
  14. And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
  15. And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
  16. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”


The Family That Finds Us – Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner


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. Following the prayer meeting today, June 6, we will share communion. Please bring the elements to your table so that we may all gather around the Lord’s Table. Information about connecting is available on the website. Please join us!

Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner will be our guest preacher in our service today, June 6 and will lead a PRIDE discussion 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, and has published a Bible Study curriculum with Abingdon Press entitled “The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places.”

Riverside Outreach & Missions department invites you to be part of our annual Pride Celebration at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 19 in front of the church. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for music, mocktails, food, fellowship and giveaways in celebration of Pride and faith.

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

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