Service for June 13, 2021

The featured art is The Tree of Life, an example of Mexican folk art.

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

Call to Worship

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices
May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.
Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Psalm 20

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

Ezekiel 17:22-24

  1. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
  2. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.
  3. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Scripture Lesson 2

1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13– Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.
  2. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.
  1. The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
  2. Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
  3. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”
  4. Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
  5. He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
  6. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.”
  7. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
  8. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
  9. Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
  10. Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”
  11. Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
  12. He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”
  13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

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

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

  1. So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord
  2. for we walk by faith, not by sight.
  3. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
  4. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
  5. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
  1. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
  2. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
  3. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
  4. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Sermon

To Live Is To Die – 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 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!

The search for a full-time pastor will resume this fall. The Pulpit Committee will search out and present prospective candidates for the office of full-time pastor. Any church members who are interested in joining the Pulpit Committee are asked to please contact Deacon Laurel Eierman no later than July 31 at deacons@riversidedc.org.

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

Safe Space Chat meets Friday, June 25, 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.

Good Grief and Bible Study are on summer hiatus.

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.

Pray For: Pamela Maimer’s sisters, Monica Thomas and Tonya Jefferson, and mother, Clara Jefferson; Lynda Gyles and family; Danielle Ford’s aunt, Connie Jasper; Danielle Ford and Laurel Eierman; Derek Ford and his sister, Misha Reed; Annie Abbott; 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