Service for March 13, 2022

Featured art is “Aspiration,” created by Aaron Douglas (on display at the De Young museum in San Francisco).

Prelude

Call to Worship

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh– my adversaries and foes– they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27

Songs of Praise

Every Praise
When I Look Into Your Holiness
Mighty To Save

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

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

  1. After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
  2. But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
  3. And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.”
  4. But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.”
  5. He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
  6. And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
  7. Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”
  8. But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
  9. He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
  10. He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.
  11. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
  12. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.
  1. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.
  2. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

Scripture Lesson 2

Philippians 3:17-4:1 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.
  2. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears.
  3. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.
  4. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
  1. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Musical Response

Here I Am, Lord

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 13:31-35

  1. At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
  2. He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.
  3. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’
  4. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
  5. See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Sermon

I Got Stuff To Do – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Benediction

Recessional

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.

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Out of concern for the safety of your neighbors, we ask you to please continue wearing 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.

The SW Pearl Coalition presents the SW DC Freedom Festival: Celebrating the Freedom Journey of the Pearl Escape of 1848 on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. This citywide event will feature dancers, artists, individual and group performances, vendors, games, prizes, and more.

Today’s featured artwork is “Aspiration,” created by Aaron Douglas, an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance and in the development of modern African American art. This painting is on display at the De Young museum in San Francisco.

Pray For: Teena Siggers; Fred Hollingsworth; Lincoln Cobbins and his mother; Laurel Eierman’s friend Kathy MacKenzie; Annie Clifford; Terri Battle 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