Call to Worship
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.Psalm 126
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
Songs of Praise
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand
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
- b.If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:
- circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
- as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
- Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
- More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
- and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.
- I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,
- if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
- Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
- Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
- I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Scripture Lesson 2
Isaiah 43:16-21 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley
- Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
- who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
- Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
- I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
- The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
- the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.
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.
- Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
- There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.
- Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
- But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,
- “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”
- (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)
- Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
- You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Proud Mary – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian
The Ordinance of Holy Communion
Hymn of Consecration
You Are My Hiding Place
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.
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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.
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.
Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary. Can you sing? Come add your voice to our ministry of music! Please contact Lauren White at email@example.com for information and to be added to the email list.
Today’s featured artwork is “Anointed,” created by Lauren Wright Pittman. More information on the artist and her work is available at her website, http://www.lewpstudio.com/. The image is used with permission of the 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