Service for May 8, 2022

Prelude

Call to Worship

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens
and its circuit to the end of them,
and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect one’s own errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19

Songs of Praise

Somebody Prayed For Me
Shout To The Lord
I Sing Praises

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

Revelation 7:9-17

  1. After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.
  2. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

    “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!”
  1. And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
  2. singing,

    “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
    and power and might
    be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
  1. Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?”
  2. I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  3. For this reason they are before the throne of God
    and worship him day and night within his temple,
    and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
  4. They will hunger no more and thirst no more;
    the sun will not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat,
  5. for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
    and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 23 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters;
  3. he restores my soul.
    He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
  6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.

Musical Response

Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil

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

Acts 9:36-43

  1. Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.
  2. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs.
  3. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.”
  4. So Peter got up and went with them, and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
  5. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.
  6. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.
  7. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
  8. Meanwhile, he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Sermon

Rev. Alyssa Aldape

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

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 be here in person yet.

Happy Mothers’ Day.

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.

Today we welcome to the pulpit Rev. Alyssa Aldape. Alyssa lives in DC with her favorite person Nick. She has served as a pastor in churches in Georgia and DC. She is a contributing writer for Good Faith Media and a relationship specialist for a cocktail company co-owned by a Baptist pastor. Alyssa enjoys sitting outside at coffee shops, drinking too much coffee, and people watching. Alyssa believes that as long as there is an empire, God will have something to teach us through the life of the prophets and Jesus. Cries easily, a sucker for a cinnamon roll, and trying her best.

Today we will collect an offering for the Shepherd’s Purse after worship. It is used to help those in need in our community.

Riverside is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Do you know someone who is a member of the Church or a child, grandchild or dependent of a member or a resident of Southwest DC who needs a scholarship for next year? The deadline for applications is May 15. Go to Riverside Baptist Church Scholarship Program on the Church website for more information and to start the application process.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service on Sunday, June 5. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

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: We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Jonathan Holley, his grandmother, Corene Smith, and their family, in the passing of Jonathan’s grandfather, James Smith; 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