Service for December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Featured art is The Creation of the Star of Bethlehem, by Wayne Garzia, via Flickr.


Call to Worship

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.

Psalm 96

Songs of Praise

O Come, All Ye Faithful

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.


Jingle Bells – Livia Henderson

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

Luke 1:39-55 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,
  2. where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
  3. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
  4. and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
  5. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
  6. For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.
  7. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
  8. And Mary said,
    “My soul magnifies the Lord,
  1. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
  2. for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
  3. for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
  4. His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
  5. He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
  6. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
  7. he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
  8. He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
  9. according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Musical Response

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

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.


Yes, She Did KnowRev. Nicolas Mumejian

Christmas at Riverside – The Riverside Choir

Tidings of Joy
Still, Still, Still
Breath of Heaven

Isaiah 9:6 – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Christmastime is Here – Solo, Kevin Howard
Do You Hear What I Hear
Now Behold the Lamb
– Solo, Vivian Taylor
Mary, Did You Know?

Luke 2:15-19 – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Once in Royal David’s City
Silent Night
Child of the Promise

John 1:1-14 – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Jesus Will – Terryn Nelson, solo

Hymn of Consecration

Joy to the World



Hallelujah Chorus – Riverside Choir

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, December 19, is the annual Riverside Choir Christmas Music Program. It will be followed by a reception in the multipurpose room. Thank you for joining us today for this wonderful celebration!

Friday, December 24 is Christmas Eve. We will have a 7:00 pm Lessons and Carols service via Zoom. Information will be available on the website.

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