Service for September 12, 2021

The featured art is WISDOM, a painting by Olusola David, Ayibiowu (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)..


Call to Worship

For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.

Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 – 8:1

Songs of Praise

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
This Little Light Of Mine
Rock Of Ages

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

Proverbs 1:20-33

  1. Wisdom cries out in the street;
    in the squares she raises her voice.
  2. At the busiest corner she cries out;
    at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
  3. “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
    How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
  4. Give heed to my reproof;
    I will pour out my thoughts to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
  5. Because I have called and you refused,
    have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
  6. and because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
  7. I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when panic strikes you,
  8. when panic strikes you like a storm,
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
  9. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
  10. Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
  11. would have none of my counsel,
    and despised all my reproof,
  12. therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
    and be sated with their own devices.
  13. For waywardness kills the simple,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
  14. but those who listen to me will be secure
    and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 19 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham

  1. The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
  2. Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
  3. There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
  4. yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

    In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
  5. which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
  6. Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hid from its heat.
  7. The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
    the decrees of the Lord are sure,
    making wise the simple;
  8. the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
  9. the fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever;
    the ordinances of the Lord are true
    and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
  11. Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
  12. But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
  13. Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
    do not let them have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.
  14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Musical Response

Marching To Zion

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 3:1-12

  1. Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
  2. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.
  3. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
  4. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
  5. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

    How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
  6. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.
  7. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
  8. but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
  9. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.
  10. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.
  11. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?
  12. Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.


Using Words Wisely – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

Higher Ground



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.

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

Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm and continuing the first Wednesday of every month, we offer “Good Grief,” a grief share and support group that meets via Zoom monthly for those who are grieving to come, share, and encourage one another. Information for connecting via Zoom and telephone is available on the website under Online Community Services.

Choir rehearsal resumes Thursdays 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