Service for January 23, 2022

Featured art is the Lady Justice Mural, Victoria, BC, Canada (photo by Lotus Johnson, via Flickr).

Prelude

Call to Worship

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19

Songs of Praise

Marching To Zion
How Great Is Our God
Alleluia

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

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

  1. all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel.
  2. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month.
  3. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
  1. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
  2. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
  1. So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
  2. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.
  3. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Scripture Lesson 2

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

  1. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
  2. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  3. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
  4. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
  5. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
  6. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
  7. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
  8. If all were a single member, where would the body be?
  9. As it is, there are many members, yet one body.
  10. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
  11. On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
  12. and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;
  13. whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,
  14. that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.
  15. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
  16. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
  17. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
  18. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
  19. Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
  20. But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Musical Response

Fairest Lord Jesus

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

Luke 4:14-21

  1. Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.
  2. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
  3. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
  4. and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
  5. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
    to let the oppressed go free,
  6. to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
  7. And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
  8. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sermon

Jesus, John the Baptist, & Justice – Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

Hymn of Consecration

Blessed Assurance

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.

Rev. Mumejian is away. Thanks to the deacons for leading worship, and to Jonathan J. Holley for preaching to us today.

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

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service next Sunday, January 30. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Wednesday, February 2 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.

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