Service for June 20, 2021

Storm Brewing, Port Lincoln, South Australia

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Call to Worship

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;
they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;
he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

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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

Job 38:1-11

  1. Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
  2. “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
  3. Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
  4. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
  5. Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
  6. On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone
  7. when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?
  8. “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?–
  9. when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band,
  10. and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors,
  11. and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

Scripture Lesson 2

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.
  2. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
  3. We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,
  4. but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
  5. beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;
  6. by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love,
  7. truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
  8. in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;
  9. as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see–we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed;
  10. as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
  11. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you.
  12. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours.
  13. In return–I speak as to children–open wide your hearts also.

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 4:35-41

  1. On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
  2. And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.
  3. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.
  4. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
  5. He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
  6. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
  7. And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


Riders on the Storm – 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.

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!

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

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

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