Service for November 7, 2021

Featured art is an Orthodox icon of The Widow’s Mite.


Call to Worship

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 98

Songs of Praise

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Grace Alone
Mighty To Save

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

1 Kings 17:8-16

  1. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
  2. “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”
  3. So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.”
  4. As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
  5. But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
  6. Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son.
  7. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.”
  8. She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days.
  9. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 146 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord, O my soul!
  2. I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
  3. Do not put your trust in princes,
    in mortals, in whom there is no help.
  4. When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
    on that very day their plans perish.
  5. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God,
  6. who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them;
    who keeps faith forever;
  7. who executes justice for the oppressed;
    who gives food to the hungry.

    The Lord sets the prisoners free;
  8. the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
    The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.
  9. The Lord watches over the strangers;
    he upholds the orphan and the widow,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
  10. The Lord will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.
    Praise the Lord!

Musical Response

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.


Sermon Lesson

Mark 12:38-44

  1. As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,
  2. and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!
  3. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
  4. He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
  5. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.
  6. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.
  7. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”


More Than All – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

It Is Well With My Soul

The Ordinance of Holy Communion



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. You can also go here to sign up for the weekly email newsletter, or request contact from the pastor.

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

We will collect an offering for the Shepherd’s Purse after worship today, Sunday, November 7. It is used to help those in need in our community. There will be a deacon at the exit to accept donations.

A funeral service for Bob Nelson will be held in the sanctuary on Wednesday, November 10. Visitation will be at 10:00 am, with the service beginning at 11:00 am. A repast will follow in the multipurpose room. The service will be streamed on Zoom. The link for the Zoom stream will be available on the church website.

Pray For: We extend our Christian sympathy to Terryn Nelson and family, and join them in their mourning in the loss of Bob Nelson; 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; Terri Battle and her mother, Claudia Green; 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; 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