Service for June 27, 2021

Featured art is Christ and the Woman with an Issue of Blood, a fresco in the Catacombs of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Rome, 4th Century

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Call to Worship

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

Psalm 130

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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

Lamentations 3:22-33

  1. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
  2. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  3. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
  4. The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
  5. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
  6. It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth,
  7. to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it,
  8. to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope),
  9. to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults.
  10. For the Lord will not reject forever.
  11. Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
  12. for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

Scripture Lesson 2

2 Corinthians 8:7-15– Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham

  1. Now as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you–so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
  2. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.
  3. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
  4. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something–
  5. now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
  6. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have.
  7. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between
  8. your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.
  9. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.”

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 5:21-43

  1. When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.
  2. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet
  3. and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”
  4. So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.
  5. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.
  6. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.
  7. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
  8. for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
  9. Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
  10. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”
  11. And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'”
  12. He looked all around to see who had done it.
  13. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
  14. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
  15. While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”
  16. But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
  17. He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
  18. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
  19. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
  20. And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
  21. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”
  22. And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.
  23. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


Stealing a Healing or Healthcare for All? – 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 at 10:00 am 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

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

Today’s featured artwork is a 4th century fresco, “Christ and the Woman with an Issue of Blood,” from the Catacombs of Saints Marcellinus and Peter in Rome. More information on artistic depictions of this healing can be found on Wikipedia.

detail from “Emmaus,”  by Rowan and Irene LeCompte. It is from a mosaic in the Resurrection Chapel at Washington National Cathedral. For a video tour of the Resurrection Chapel, visit

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