Service for February 13, 2022

Featured art is “Textile Design for Cretonne, 1928,” by Lois Maliou Jones.


Call to Worship

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1

Songs of Praise

Everybody Clap Your Hands
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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

Luke 6:17-26

  1. Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
    “Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
  2. “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
    for you will be filled.
    “Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
  3. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
  4. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
  5. “But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have received your consolation.
  6. “Woe to you who are full now,
    for you will be hungry.
    “Woe to you who are laughing now,
    for you will mourn and weep.
  7. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Scripture Lesson 2

Jeremiah 17:5-10 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Thus says the Lord:
    Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
    and make mere flesh their strength,
    whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
  2. They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see when relief comes.
    They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.
  3. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
  4. They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
    It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
    in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.
  5. The heart is devious above all else;
    it is perverse—
    who can understand it?
  6. I the Lord test the mind
    and search the heart,
    to give to all according to their ways,
    according to the fruit of their doings.

Musical Response

Oh, Freedom

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

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

  1. Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
  2. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
  3. and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.
  4. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
  5. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.
  6. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
  7. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished.
  8. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
  9. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


First Fruits – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

We Shall Overcome



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.

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. We ask you to please wear KN95 or surgical masks at all times, including during our times of praise and singing. We appreciate your cooperation.

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.

Today’s featured artwork is “Textile Design for Cretonne, 1928,” by Lois Maliou Jones (1905-1998), from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jones was an African American artist with a 70 year career, including teaching at Howard from 1930 until 1977.

Wednesday, March 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. This will be the last Good Grief with Rev. Nick.

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