Call to Worship
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?Psalm 2
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling
kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.
Songs of Praise
We’ve Come This Far by Faith
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Open Our Eyes, Lord
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
- Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
- When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.
- But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them.
- Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.
- When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face;
- but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
- the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Scripture Lesson 2
Psalm 99 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom
- The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
- The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
- Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he!
- Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
- Extol the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool.
Holy is he!
- Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.
- He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his decrees,
and the statutes that he gave them.
- O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
- Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy.
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.
- Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
- And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
- Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.
- They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
- Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
- Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.
- While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.
- Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
- When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
- On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.
- Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child.
- Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him.
- I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
- Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”
- While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
- And all were astounded at the greatness of God.
Glory – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian
Hymn of Consecration
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
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.
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Today’s featured artwork is “Transfiguration” from the “Jesus MAFA” project. Jesus MAFA is a response to 63 New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.
This 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: Lincoln Cobbins and his mother; 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