Service for May 15, 2022

Featured art is the “Global Refugee Mural,” in Silver Spring, Maryland by Joel Bergner.

Prelude

Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148

Songs of Praise

Every Praise
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
His Eye Is on the Sparrow

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

Acts 11:1-18

  1. Now the apostles and the brothers and sisters who were in Judea heard that the gentiles had also accepted the word of God.
  2. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him,
  3. saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”
  4. Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying,
  5. “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners, and it came close to me.
  6. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air.
  7. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’
  8. But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
  9. But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’
  10. This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven.
  11. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were.
  12. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.
  13. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter;
  14. he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’
  15. And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning.
  16. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
  17. If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”
  18. When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Revelation 21:1-6 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
  2. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

    “See, the home of God is among mortals.
    He will dwell with them;
    they will be his peoples,
    and God himself will be with them and be their God;
  4. he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
    Death will be no more;
    mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
    for the first things have passed away.”
  5. And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
  6. Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Musical Response

10,000 Reasons

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

John 13:31-35

  1. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
  2. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
  3. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
  4. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
  5. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sermon

The Small Print – Rev. Thomas L. Bowen

Hymn of Consecration

Here I Am, Lord

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.

Today we welcome back to the pulpit Rev. Thomas L. Bowen, who is the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, DC. Rev. Bowen is also the Director of African American Strategic Engagement in the Executive Office of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser where he serves as both the Director of the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs.

Riverside extends deadline for 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 31, 2022. Go to Riverside Baptist Church Scholarship Program on the Church website for more information and to start the application process.

Are you, or a member of your family, graduating this year? Let the church office know please – we love to honor graduates!

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: Jenette Champagnie; 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