Service for October 31, 2021

Featured art is a photo of Holy Cross Cemetery, Gniezno, Poland on All Saints Day 2017 (Diego Delso).

Prelude

Call to Worship

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24

Songs of Praise

Marching To Zion
For All The Saints
How Great Is Our God

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

Revelation 21:1-6a

  1. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
  2. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

    “See, the home of God is among mortals.
    He will dwell with them;
    they will be his peoples,
    and God himself will be with them;
  4. he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
    Death will be no more;
    mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
    for the first things have passed away.”
  5. And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
  6. a. Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

Scripture Lesson 2

Mark 12:28-34 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”
  2. Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one;
  3. you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
  4. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
  5. Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’;
  6. and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
  7. When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

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

John 11:1-45

  1. Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
  2. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.
  3. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”
  4. But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
  5. Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,
  6. after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
  7. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
  8. The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”
  9. Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.
  10. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”
  11. After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.”
  12. The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”
  13. Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
  14. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
  15. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
  16. Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
  17. When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
  18. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
  19. and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
  20. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
  21. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
  22. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
  23. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
  24. Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
  25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
  26. and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
  27. She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
  28. When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
  29. And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
  30. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
  31. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
  32. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
  33. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
  34. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
  35. Jesus began to weep.
  36. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
  37. But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
  38. Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
  39. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”
  40. Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
  41. So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.
  42. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
  43. When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
  44. The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
  45. Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Sermon

Both Sides of the Grave – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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.

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

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

This Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm and on 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.

Pray For: We extend our Christian sympathy to Ambassador Mattie Sharpless and her family in the loss of her brother, James E. Sharpless, Jr.; We extend our Christian sympathy to Danielle Ford and Laurel Eierman’s relatives, the Crawley family, in the loss of their son, Gerard; Karl Maxwell’s brother, Kenneth Maxwell; 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