Service for January 9, 2022

Featured art is the Helix Nebula – “Eye of God”, captured by the NASA Hubble Telescope.

Prelude

Call to Worship

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Songs of Praise

You Are Good
Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

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

Matthew 2:1-12

  1. In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
  2. asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
  3. When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;
  4. and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
  5. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
  6. ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
    for from you shall come a ruler
    who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
  7. Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
  8. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
  9. When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.
  10. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
  11. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  12. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Scripture Lesson 2

Isaiah 43:1-7 – Selected and read by Deacon Ida Williams Lacewell

  1. But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
  2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
    when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
  3. For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
    I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
  4. Because you are precious in my sight,
    and honored, and I love you,
    I give people in return for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
  5. Do not fear, for I am with you;
    I will bring your offspring from the east,
    and from the west I will gather you;
  6. I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
    and to the south, “Do not withhold;
    bring my sons from far away
    and my daughters from the end of the earth—
  7. everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

Musical Response

Change My Heart, Oh God

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

Ephesians 3:1-12

  1. This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
  2. for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you,
  3. and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,
  4. a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.
  5. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
  6. that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
  7. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.
  8. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ,
  9. and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
  10. so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
  11. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
  12. in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Sermon

What New Mystery Is This – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

I Love the Lord

Benediction

Recessional

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.

We as a church will continue to monitor the COVID numbers and adapt as needed. For now, we will be putting a pause on communion until a later time. We also ask you to please wear KN95 or surgical masks at all times, including during our times of praise and singing. We appreciate your cooperation.

Have you moved? Please let the church office know – it’s time for our address book update!

Today we will collect an offering for the Shepherd’s Purse after worship. It is used to help those in need in our community. There will be a deacon at the exit to accept donations.

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.

This 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 Battie 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