Service for August 29, 2021

Featured art is Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time by artist Joshua Koffman at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.


Call to Worship

My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9

Songs of Praise

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
My Tribute

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

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

  1. So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.
  2. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
  1. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!”
  2. For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him?
  3. And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
  4. But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—

Scripture Lesson 2

James 1:17-27 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
  2. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
  3. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;
  4. for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
  5. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
  6. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
  7. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror;
  8. for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.
  9. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.
  10. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.
  11. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Musical Response

Here I Am to Worship

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 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

  1. Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,
  2. they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
  3. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders;
  4. and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)
  5. So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”
  6. He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

    ‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me;
  7. in vain do they worship me,
    teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
  8. You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
  1. Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand:
  2. there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
  1. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,
  2. adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.
  3. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”


The Perfect Law and Freedom – Dr. Brian Flanagan

Hymn of Consecration

Lift Every Voice and Sing



God be With You

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. You can also go here to sign up for the weekly email newsletter, or request contact from the pastor.

Today we welcome to the pulpit Dr. Brian Flanagan, who is Associate Professor of Theology at Marymount University. He is a Roman Catholic theologian whose research focuses upon the structure and building up of the church and ecumenical dialogue, and the president of the College Theology Society.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting today, Sunday, August 29, following worship service. 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 this 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.

Today’s featured artwork, “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time” by artist Joshua Koffman was commissioned by Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate and the 1967 founding of the university’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations.

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