Service for February 20, 2022

Featured art is “Parisian Cubism,” by Hale Aspacio Woodruff, 1927.

Prelude

Call to Worship

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret–it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40

Songs of Praise

We’re Marching To Zion
Shout To The Lord
His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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

Luke 6:27-38

  1. “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
  2. bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
  3. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.
  4. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
  5. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  6. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
  7. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
  8. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
  9. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
  10. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
  11. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven;
  12. give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Genesis 45:3-11, 15 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
  2. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
  3. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
  4. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
  5. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.
  6. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
  7. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
  8. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.
  9. I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’
  10. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
  1. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

Musical Response

Jesus Loves Me

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

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

  1. But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?”
  2. Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
  3. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
  4. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
  1. So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.
  2. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
  3. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
  4. Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
  5. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.
  6. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
  7. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.
  8. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
  9. What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Sermon

All Means All and That’s All That All Means – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

Precious 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. 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’s featured artwork is “Parisian Cubism” by Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980), from the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection. Woodruff was an African American artist with a 50+ year career as an artist and educator.

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.

Sarah Fairbrother will be a panelist on a Zoom presentation, “Church Archives Have Stories to Tell” on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. The presentation is sponsored by the All Souls Unitarian 200th Anniversary committee. There is a flyer in the lobby. The Zoom link is available on the flyer, and on All Souls’ website.

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