Service for September 5, 2021

Featured art is When I Was Hungry and Thirsty, by Timothy Schmalz, a sculpture at the Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome.


Call to Worship

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 146

Songs of Praise

Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand
God Has Smiled On Me
His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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

Mark 7:24-37

  1. From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,
  2. but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.
  3. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
  4. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”
  5. But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
  6. Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.”
  7. So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
  8. Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.
  9. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.
  10. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.
  11. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
  12. And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
  13. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
  14. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
    and favor is better than silver or gold.
  2. The rich and the poor have this in common:
    the Lord is the maker of them all.
  1. Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
    and the rod of anger will fail.
  2. Those who are generous are blessed,
    for they share their bread with the poor.
  1. Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
    or crush the afflicted at the gate;
  2. for the Lord pleads their cause
    and despoils of life those who despoil them.

Musical Response

I Will Run

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

James 2:1-17

  1. My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?
  2. For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in,
  3. and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,”
  4. have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
  5. Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?
  6. But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court?
  7. Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?
  8. You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  9. But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  10. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
  11. For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
  12. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
  13. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
  14. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?
  15. If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food,
  16. and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
  17. So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.


Undead Faith – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

You Are My Hiding Place



Marching in the Light of God

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.

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.

Choir rehearsal resumes Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm. Can you sing? Come add your voice to our ministry of music! Please contact Lauren White at for information and to be added to the email list.

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