Call to Worship
The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and consumes his adversaries on every side.
His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples behold his glory.
All servants of images are put to shame,
those who make their boast in worthless idols;
all gods bow down before him.
Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O God.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
You who love the Lord, hate evil;Psalm 97
he guards the lives of his faithful;
he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
Light dawns for the righteous
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Songs of Praise
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
You Shall Love the Lord
Holy, Holy, Holy
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
- “I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word,
- that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
- The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,
- I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
- Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
- “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
- I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them.”
Scripture Lesson 2
Acts 16:16-34 – Selected and read by Deacon Cheryl Parham
- One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a female slave who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling.
- While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
- She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
- But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.
- When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men, these Jews, are disturbing our city
- and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us, being Romans, to adopt or observe.”
- The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
- After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.
- Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
- About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
- Suddenly there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
- When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.
- But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”
- The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
- Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
- They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
- They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
- At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.
- He brought them up into the house and set food before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
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.
- While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him out of Israel; the people also wept bitterly.
- Shecaniah son of Jehiel, of the descendants of Elam, addressed Ezra, saying, “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.
- So now let us make a covenant with our God to send away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God, and let it be done according to the law.
- Take action, for it is your duty, and we are with you; be strong, and do it.”
- Then Ezra stood up and made the leading priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear that they would do as had been said. So they swore.
When Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough – Rev. Thomas L. Bowen
Hymn of Consecration
God Be with You ‘Til We Meet Again
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.
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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 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 will have a servanthood meeting following worship service on next Sunday, June 5. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church. Members who need to attend via Zoom may email the office for information and a link BY THE END OF THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1.
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!
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; 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