Service for April 17, 2022 – Easter Sunday

Featured art is “The White Flower,” by Georgia O’Keeffe (1932).


Call to Worship

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

The Lord is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not give me over to death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Responsive Easter Affirmation

He is risen indeed!

Songs of Praise

An Easter Jubilation
– Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
– Alleluia! Christ Is Risen
– Crown Him With Many Crowns
– All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name
– Christ The Lord Is Risen Today

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.


Harvest for the World – Terryn Nelson

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 15:19-26

  1. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
  2. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
  3. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being;
  4. for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.
  5. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
  6. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power.
  7. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
  8. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Scripture Lesson 2

Acts 10:34-43 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,
  2. but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
  3. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.
  4. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
  5. how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
  6. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
  7. but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
  8. not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
  9. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.
  10. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Musical Response

Jesus Loves Me

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.

Easter Music – Riverside Choir

  • Worthy Is the Lamb
  • The Power of the Cross
  • Behold the Lamb!
  • Alleluia, Alleluia
  • Worth – Soloist, Jonathan J. Holley
  • Glorious Risen Christ

Sermon Lesson

John 20:1-18

  1. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
  2. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
  3. Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.
  4. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
  5. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.
  6. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,
  7. and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.
  8. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
  9. for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
  10. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
  11. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;
  12. and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
  13. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”
  14. When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
  15. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
  16. Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).
  17. Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
  18. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Called by Name – Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

Shout To the Lord


Recessional – Riverside Choir

Hallelujah (from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration)

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.

Easter 2022 – We rejoice today on this holiest day of the year in the blessed assurance of Christ’s resurrection and are glad to be able to celebrate together again!

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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. Trisha Miller Manarin, the executive minister of the DC Baptist Convention. She loves serving with DCBC and living out the motto: One Faith, Many Cultures, Endless Possibilities.. More information on Rev. Manarin is available from the DCBC website.

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 and his brother, Kenneth Maxwell; Edward Harris’s mother, Ruth Harris; Edith Booker; Annie Abbott; Tanya Bethel and her mother, Ruby McCrary; Gale Miller’s mother, Marian Miller; 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