Service for June 5, 2022 – Pentecost

Today’s featured image is a photograph of Les Colombes (The Doves) by Michael Pendry, an origami installation at the National Cathedral from 2021.


Call to Worship

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, great and wide;
creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.
There go the ships
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you
to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit,[a] they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Songs of Praise

Bless That Wonderful Name
The Church’s One Foundation
When I Look Into Your Holiness

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

Acts 2:1-21

  1. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
  2. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
  3. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
  4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
  5. Now there were devout Jews from every people under heaven living in Jerusalem.
  6. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
  7. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
  8. And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
  9. Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
  10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
  11. Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”
  12. All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
  13. But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
  14. But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Fellow Jews and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
  15. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
  16. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
  17. ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
    that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams.
  18. Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit,
    and they shall prophesy.
  19. And I will show portents in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
  20. The sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
  21. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Scripture Lesson 2

1 Samuel 2:1-10 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. Hannah prayed and said,
    “My heart exults in the Lord;
    my strength is exalted in my God.
    My mouth derides my enemies
    because I rejoice in your victory.
  2. There is no Holy One like the Lord,
    no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God.
  3. Talk no more so very proudly;
    let not arrogance come from your mouth,
    for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.
  4. The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble gird on strength.
  5. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
    The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
  6. The Lord kills and brings to life;
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
  7. The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low; he also exalts.
  8. He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap
    to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
    For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
    and on them he has set the world.
  9. He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
    but the wicked will perish in darkness,
    for not by might does one prevail.
  10. The Lord! His adversaries will be shattered;
    the Most High will thunder in heaven.
    The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
    he will give strength to his king
    and exalt the power of his anointed.”

Musical Response

I Sing Praises

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.


Sermon Lesson

Psalm 23:2-3

  1. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters;
  2. he restores my soul.
    He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.


Self-Care is No Longer Optional – Rev. Robin Williams Evans

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

Shout to the Lord



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.

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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. Robin Williams Evans, who received her Master’s in Divinity from Howard University, School of Divinity in 2004, and was ordained here at Riverside Baptist Church in 2010. She also served as associate minister for twelve years under Reverend Michael Bledsoe. Robin is a wife, mother, Washington Post Bestselling author, and small business owner.

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

This 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.

Today’s featured image is a photograph of Les Colombes (The Doves) by Michael Pendry, an origami installation at the National Cathedral from 2021.

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