Service for March 20, 2022

Prelude

Call to Worship

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isiah 55:1-9

Songs of Praise

Bless That Wonderful Name
Fairest Lord Jesus
In Times Like These

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

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

  1. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
  2. and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
  3. and all ate the same spiritual food,
  4. and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.
  5. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
  6. Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did.
  7. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.”
  8. We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
  9. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents.
  10. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
  11. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
  12. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
  13. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 63:1-8 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. O God, you are my God, I seek you,
    my soul thirsts for you;
    my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
  2. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
  3. Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
  4. So I will bless you as long as I live;
    I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
  5. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
    and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
  6. when I think of you on my bed,
    and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
  7. for you have been my help,
    and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
  8. My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Musical Response

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

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 13:1-9

  1. At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
  2. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
  3. No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
  4. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
  5. No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
  6. Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
  7. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’
  8. He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.
  9. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Sermon

The Harm of Barren Trees – Rev. Mitch Randall

Hymn of Consecration

I Surrender All

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 join in person.

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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 welcome to the pulpit Rev. Mitch Randall. Mitch is the chief executive officer of Good Faith Media. Before joining GFM, he was the executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics. In addition, he pastored churches in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma for over 20 years, and he holds a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Mitch is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation with his ancestors reaching back to the McIntosh and Childers clans. He is married to Missy Randall and they reside in Norman, Oklahoma. They have two adult sons.

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.

Saturday June 11, from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Riverside Baptist Church and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptist, A.W.A.B., will walk in the 2022 Capital Pride Parade, Logan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, Washington, DC. If you are interested in participating please contact Deacon Jonathan Holley.

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