Service For August 8, 2021

Featured art is The Last Supper, a serigraph by John August Swanson (2009).

The live service begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 8.


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

Songs of Praise

Welcome and Announcements


*The Peace of Christ

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease, ’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health and peace.


*Response – We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give thee but thine own whate’er the gift may be
All that we have is thine alone, a trust oh Lord from thee. Amen.

*Prayer of Thanks

Scripture Lesson 1

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

  1. So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
  2. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
  3. and do not make room for the devil.
  4. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
  5. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
  6. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
  7. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,
  8. and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
  1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,
  2. and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 34:1-8– Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
  2. My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
  3. O magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together.
  4. I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
    and delivered me from all my fears.
  5. Look to him, and be radiant;
    so your faces shall never be ashamed.
  6. This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
    and was saved from every trouble.
  7. The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
  8. O taste and see that the Lord is good;
    happy are those who take refuge in him.

*Musical Response

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

John 6:35-51

  1. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
  2. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
  3. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away;
  4. for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
  5. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
  6. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
  7. Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
  8. They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
  9. Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves.
  10. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day.
  11. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.
  12. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
  13. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.
  14. I am the bread of life.
  15. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
  16. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
  17. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”


Eternal Sustenance – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

*Hymn of Consecration



Sweet Sweet Spirit

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.

EVERYONE – please go here to let us know that you were here today. This link will allow you to sign up for the weekly email newsletter, or request contact from the pastor.

Safe Space Chat meets Friday, August 27, and on the fourth Friday of every month, at 6:30 pm for a gathering for fellowship and discussion. This month we will have a special guest, Charmaine Eccles-Garcon, trans advocate and motivational speaker for a talk on gender pronouns and inclusive language. Join Jonathan Holley for this in-person opportunity at Riverside.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service on Sunday, August 29. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Westminster Presbyterian will host a hybrid in-person/online event for International Overdose Awareness day on Tuesday, August 31, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Details are available in the lobby – pick up a flyer!

Riverside Recycles! Now that we are back in the building, remember to pay attention to the various marked cans. We separate our trash and recyclables. Please make sure you are using the right receptacle. Thank you!

Pray For: Edith Booker; 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