Service for April 10, 2022 – Palm Sunday

Featured art is Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea, CA.


Call to Worship

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.
Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16

Songs of Praise

Down By the Riverside
All Glory, Laud and Honor

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

3 John

  1. The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
  2. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.
  3. I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth.
  4. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
  5. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you;
  6. they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God;
  7. for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers.
  8. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.
  9. I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
  10. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
  11. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
  12. Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
  13. I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;
  14. instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.
  15. Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever!
  2. Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  1. Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
  2. This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
  3. I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
  4. The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone.
  5. This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
  6. This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  7. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
    O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
  8. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
  9. The Lord is God,
    and he has given us light.
    Bind the festal procession with branches,
    up to the horns of the altar.
  10. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God, I will extol you.
  11. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Musical Response


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.


Sermon Lesson

Luke 19:28-40

  1. After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
  2. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
  3. saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
  4. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
  5. So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
  6. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
  7. They said, “The Lord needs it.”
  8. Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
  9. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
  10. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,
  11. saying,
    “Blessed is the king
    who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Peace in heaven,
    and glory in the highest heaven!”
  12. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”
  13. He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”


A Welcoming – Rev. Nicolas Mumejian

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

I Love the Lord



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

Today, April 10, 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 this 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. For more information, please visit

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 for information and to be added to the email list.

Pray For: Freda White’s brother Alphonso H. Bowers, Jr., and the Bowers and White families; Terri Battle and her mother, Claudia Green; Karl Maxwell’s brother, Kenneth Maxwell; Edward Harris’s mother, Ruth Harris; Edith Booker; Annie Abbott; 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