Service for November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent

Featured art is the Lagoon Nebula, captured by the NASA Hubble Telescope.


Call to Worship

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Songs of Praise

For The Beauty of the Earth
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Let There Be Peace On Earth

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation and Lighting of the Advent Candle

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 Thessalonians 3:9-13

  1. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?
  2. Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
  3. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.
  4. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.
  5. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 25:1-10 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
  2. O my God, in you I trust;
    do not let me be put to shame;
    do not let my enemies exult over me.
  3. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
    let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
  4. Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
  5. Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all day long.
  6. Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
  7. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
  8. Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
  9. He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
  10. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Musical Response

Oh Happy Day!

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

Luke 21:25-36

  1. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
  2. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
  3. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.
  4. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
  5. Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees;
  6. as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
  7. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
  8. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
  9. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
  10. “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly,
  11. like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
  12. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


Lift Up Your Heads – Rev. Trisha Miller Manarin

Hymn of Consecration

Blessed Be The Tie That Bind



Marching in the Light of God

Advent at Riverside

Today, November 28, is the first Sunday of Advent.

Next Sunday, December 5, after worship: we will be decorating the church for Advent and Christmas. There will be refreshments, ornaments, lights… What more could you want? Stay after church and enjoy preparing our church for the coming of the Christ child. 

Westminster Presbyterian is again coordinating with Toys for Tots, the SW CommUnity Forum, and other neighborhood churches to provide Christmas gifts to neighborhood children. They are especially in need of $20 gift cards for teenagers. Chipotle, Subway, and Target cards are favorites! But feel free to get cards from other places too. If you wish to donate, please have gift cards to the office by Sunday, December 5. 

The Riverside Choir presents its Christmas Music Program Sunday, December 19. It will be followed by a reception in the multipurpose room. Please join us and invite your family and friends to be part of this wonderful celebration!

Riverside Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve service via Zoom Friday, December 24. Information will be available on the website soon.

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.

Today we welcome to the pulpit Rev. Trisha Miller Manarin, the executive minister of the DC Baptist Convention. She loves serving with DCBC and living out the motto: One Faith, Many Cultures, Endless Possibilities. More information on Rev. Manarin is available from the DCBC website at

This Wednesday, December 1 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.

The Endowment Committee will meet in December to consider organizations to receive donations from the endowment for 2021. The congregation is asked to submit suggestions for possible recipients before December 11 so they can be included in the discussion. Suggestions can be submitted via email to

Pray For: Annie Clifford; 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