Service for October 10, 2021

Featured art is Job, a wood carving, probably from Germany , 1750-1850.


Call to Worship

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—
O prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:12-17

Songs of Praise

Every Praise
You Shall Love the Lord
Surely the Presence

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

Psalm 22:1-15

  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
  2. O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.
  3. Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
  4. In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
  5. To you they cried, and were saved;
    in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
  6. But I am a worm, and not human;
    scorned by others, and despised by the people.
  7. All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
  8. “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
  9. Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
  10. On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
  11. Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.
  12. Many bulls encircle me,
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
  13. they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.
  14. I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
  15. my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

Scripture Lesson 2

Hebrews 4:12-16 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham

  1. Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  2. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
  3. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.
  4. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.
  5. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Musical Response

Draw the Circle

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

Job 23:1-9, 16-17

  1. Then Job answered:
  2. “Today also my complaint is bitter;
    his hand is heavy despite my groaning.
  3. Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his dwelling!
  4. I would lay my case before him,
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
  5. I would learn what he would answer me,
    and understand what he would say to me.
  6. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
    No; but he would give heed to me.
  7. There an upright person could reason with him,
    and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.
  8. “If I go forward, he is not there;
    or backward, I cannot perceive him;
  9. on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him;
    I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.
  1. God has made my heart faint;
    the Almighty has terrified me;
  2. If only I could vanish in darkness,
    and thick darkness would cover my face!


Hurt – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

Let There Be Peace on Earth

The Ordinance of Holy Communion



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.

We will collect an offering for the Shepherd’s Purse today, October 10, after communion. It is used to help those in need in our community.

Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in the church sanctuary. 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.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service on Sunday, November 7. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

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