Service for March 27, 2022

Featured art is “Return of the Prodigal Son,” a collage by Romare Bearden (1967).

Prelude

Call to Worship

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Psalm 32

Songs of Praise

You Are Good
We’ve Come This Far by Faith
Because He Lives

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

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

  1. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
  2. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
  3. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;
  4. that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
  5. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
  6. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 40:5-10 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you.
    Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
    they would be more than can be counted.
  2. Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
    but you have given me an open ear.
    Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
  3. Then I said, “Here I am;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
  4. I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”
  5. I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
    see, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.
  6. I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
    I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

Musical Response

Amazing Grace

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 15:1-3, 11b-32

  1. Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
  2. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
  3. So he told them this parable:
  1. Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.
  2. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them.
  3. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.
  4. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
  5. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.
  6. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.
  7. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!
  8. I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
  9. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’
  10. So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
  11. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
  12. But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
  13. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
  14. for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
  15. “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
  16. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’
  17. Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.
  18. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
  19. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’
  20. Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
  21. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”

Sermon

Fortunate Son – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

Hymn of Consecration

Rock of Ages

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.

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.

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.

Palm Sunday, April 10, will be Rev. Mumejian’s last week with us. Please join us after the service in the Nelson room for a reception to wish him well.

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.

Today’s featured artwork is “Return of the Prodigal Son,” a collage by Romare Bearden. Bearden was an athlete, musician, and visual artist.

Pray For: Teena Siggers; Fred Hollingsworth; Lincoln Cobbins and his mother; 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; 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