Service for June 19, 2022 – Juneteenth

Featured art is a photograph of “Uncle Billy McCrea,” from the Library of Congress. McCrea was enslaved in Texas, and was present when the Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865.


Call to Worship

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me
but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

Psalm 22:19-28

Songs of Praise

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Oh, Freedom
The Solid Rock

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

Luke 8:26-39

  1. Then they arrived at the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
  2. As he stepped out on shore, a man from the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had not worn any clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs.
  3. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, shouting, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me,”
  4. for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.)
  5. Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him.
  6. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
  7. Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding, and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission.
  8. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd stampeded down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
  9. When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country.
  10. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they became frightened.
  11. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed.
  12. Then the whole throng of people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.
  13. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
  14. “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Scripture Lesson 2

Galatians 3:23-29 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed.
  2. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be reckoned as righteous by faith.
  3. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian,
  4. for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.
  5. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
  6. There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
  7. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Musical Response

I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry

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 78:1-11

  1. Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
  2. I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
  3. things that we have heard and known,
    that our ancestors have told us.
  4. We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
    the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might
    and the wonders that he has done.
  5. He established a decree in Jacob
    and appointed a law in Israel,
    which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach to their children,
  6. that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
    and rise up and tell them to their children,
  7. so that they should set their hope in God,
    and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;
  8. and that they should not be like their ancestors,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
    a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.
  9. The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,
    turned back on the day of battle.
  10. They did not keep God’s covenant
    and refused to walk according to his law.
  11. They forgot what he had done
    and the miracles that he had shown them.


We Will Not Hide These Truths From Our Children – Rev. Thomas L. Bowen

Hymn of Consecration

Lift Every Voice and Sing



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.

Today, Sunday June 19, the deacons will meet in the multipurpose room following worship.

Today’s featured image is a portrait of “Uncle Billy McCrea,” from the collection of the Library of Congress. McCrea was enslaved in Texas, and was present when the Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865. His story, and stories and photographs of other formerly enslaved people who were present, along with stories and photographs of formerly enslaved people many who were freed from elsewhere, can be found at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

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

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