Service for September 19, 2021

Featured image is a portrait of Nannie Helen Burroughs, taken in the early 1900s. Burroughs was a Baptist leader, an educator, and a suffragist.

Prelude

Call to Worship

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1

Songs of Praise

The Name of the Lord
Give Thanks
Surely The Presence of the Lord

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

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.

Offertory

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

1 Corinthians 1:18-24

  1. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  2. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
  3. Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
  4. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.
  5. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
  6. but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
  7. but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Scripture Lesson 2

Mark 9:30-37 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
  2. for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”
  3. But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
  4. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”
  5. But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
  6. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
  7. Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
  8. “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Musical Response

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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.
Amen.

Anthem

Sermon Lesson

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

  1. Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
  2. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.
  3. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
  4. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.
  5. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
  6. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
  1. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?
  2. You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask.
  3. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
  1. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  2. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Sermon

What Does It Take To Be the Greatest – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated

Benediction

Recessional

Go Now in Peace


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 – Thank you for your support of relief for Haiti and Afghanistan in recent weeks We are now collecting for hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Ida.. We will again send our donations through “One Great Hour of Sharing,” through the American Baptist Churches USA. To contribute you may give via a check, cash, or PayPal, designated for “Hurricane relief.” A deacon will be at the back of the sanctuary at the end of the service to collect this offering.

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 music@riversidedc.org for information and to be added to the email list.

Today’s featured image is a portrait of Nannie Helen Burroughs, taken in the early 1900s. Burroughs was a Baptist leader, an educator, and a suffragist. More information on her life is available from the National Park Service.

Pray For: Edith Booker; Pamela Maimer’s sisters, Monica Thomas and Tonya Jefferson, and mother, Clara Jefferson; Lynda Gyles and family; 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; Tanya Bethel; Gale Miller’s mother, Marian Miller; Karl Maxwell; 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