Service for September 26, 2021

Featured art is Valley of Hinnom, early 1900s (Library of Congress).

Prelude

Call to Worship

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
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.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:7-14

Songs of Praise

Somebody Prayed for Me
Have Thine Own Way
As We Gather

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

James 5:13-20

  1. Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.
  2. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
  3. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
  4. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
  5. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
  6. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
  7. My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,
  8. you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Scripture Lesson 2

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat!
  2. We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
  3. but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
  1. Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased.
  2. So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?
  3. Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child, to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors’?
  4. Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’
  5. I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me.
  6. If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.”
  7. So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.
  1. So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent.
  2. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
  3. Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.
  4. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
  5. And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!”
  6. But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”

Musical Response

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

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

Mark 9:38-50

  1. John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
  2. But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
  3. Whoever is not against us is for us.
  4. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
  5. “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.
  6. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
  7. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.
  8. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,
  9. where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
  10. “For everyone will be salted with fire.
  11. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Sermon

What in the Hell? – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

A Song of Peace

Benediction

Recessional

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 – 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 7:00 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 is a photograph of Jerusalem and the Valley of Hinnom, viewed from the east. More information on the photograph is available from the Library of Congress website.

Pray For: Edward Harris’s mother, Ruth Harris; 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