Call to Worship
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!Psalm 147:12-20
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.
He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down hail like crumbs– who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!
Songs of Praise
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Angels, We Have Heard On High
Away in a Manger
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
- For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
“Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.”
- See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
those with child and those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.
- With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.
- Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”
- For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
- They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.
- Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
- I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
says the Lord.
Scripture Lesson 2
Ephesians 1:3-14 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
- just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
- He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,
- to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
- In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
- that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight
- he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
- as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
- In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,
- so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
- In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
- this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
What Child is This
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.
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- He was in the beginning with God.
- All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being
- in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
- The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
- There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
- He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
- He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
- The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
- He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
- He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
- But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
- who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
- And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
- (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”)
- From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
- The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
Word – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian
The Ordinance of Holy Communion
Hymn of Consecration
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
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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The Gay Mens’ Chorus of Washington’s youth chorus for LGBTQ+ and allied youth – GenOUT – will be accepting new members at its January 15 rehearsal. All young people ages 13-18 are welcome. No auditions are required; all that is needed are a love of singing and a desire to use your voice to promote social justice. Prospective singers may sign up online. Questions? Check out the FAQ or contact the director, Paul Heins.
Wednesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm, 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. In February, Good Grief will return to the first Wednesday of the month. Information for connecting via Zoom and telephone is available on the website under Online Community Services.
Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service on Sunday, January 30. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.
Pray For: Laurel Eierman’s friend Kathy MacKenzie; 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