Service for May 22, 2022

Featured art is a photograph of the shrine at the site of the baptism of Lydia of Thyatira.

Prelude

Call to Worship

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Psalm 67

Songs of Praise

Blessed Assurance
Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand
Mighty to Save

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

John 14:23-29

  1. Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
  2. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
  3. “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
  4. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.
  5. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
  6. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
  7. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur you may believe.

Scripture Lesson 2

Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts

  1. And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
  1. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
  2. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
  3. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
  4. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.
  5. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
  6. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
  1. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
  2. through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
  3. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him;
  4. they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
  5. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Musical Response

Because He Lives

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 16:9-15

  1. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
  2. When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
  3. We therefore set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis,
  4. and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.
  5. On the Sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.
  6. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.
  7. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

Sermon

Baptism Brings the Gospel Home – Rev. Starlette Thomas

Hymn of Consecration

They’ll Know We Are Christians

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 to the pulpit author, activist, visual artist and race abolitionist, Reverend Starlette Thomas, a womanist in ministry and the principal architect of a raceless world. Her podcast, The Raceless Gospel, takes her listeners to church and to a virtual church service where she and her guests tackle that taboo trinity— race, religion and politics. She regularly writes on the socio-political construct of race and its longstanding membership in the church in North America as an associate editor and director of The Raceless Gospel Initiative at Good Faith Media.

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: Lincoln Cobbins; 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