Service For August 22, 2021

Featured art is Untitled, by Wilner Cadet, a Haitian artist, from an exhibition at the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History, Danville, VA.


Call to Worship

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Psalm 84

Songs of Praise

For The Beauty of the Earth
Bless That Wonderful Name
Here I Am Lord

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

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

  1. Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God.
  2. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods.
  1. “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
  2. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
  3. Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods;
  4. for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed;
  5. and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Ephesians 6:10-20 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham

  1. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
  2. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  3. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
  4. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
  5. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
  6. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.
  7. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
  8. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  9. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
  10. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
  11. for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Musical Response

We’ve Come This Far By Faith

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 6:56-69

  1. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
  2. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.
  3. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
  4. He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
  5. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?”
  6. But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you?
  7. Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
  8. It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
  9. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him.
  10. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
  11. Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.
  12. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”
  13. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have words of eternal life.
  14. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”


Where Do We Go – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

They’ll Know We Are Christians



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.

We will be live-streaming the service, and a recording of the service will be available on the website later for those who are not able to be here in person yet.

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 this 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 next 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!

Faith in Action – Riverside will be donating to efforts to help our neighbors around the world in Haiti and Afghanistan. We will send a donation to Lutheran Social Services to help as they work to resettle
Afghan refugees in our area. We will also send a donation to “One Great Hour of Sharing,” through the ABC to provide relief to those suffering in Haiti from the recent earthquake and tropical storm. To contribute to either, you may give via a check, cash, or PayPal, designated for either “Afghanistan,” or “Haiti.” In addition, the Shepherd’s Purse offering on 9/5 will be given to Haitian relief. There are donation envelopes available in the narthex for those who wish to designate cash offerings. A deacon will be at the back of the sanctuary at the end of the service to collect these offerings

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