Service for June 26, 2022

Featured art is a photograph of “Elijah Taken to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire,” a fresco in the Mar Elias Monastery in South Jerusalem.


Call to Worship

I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, that he may hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work
and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have displayed your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

When the waters saw you, O God,
when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
the very deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water;
the skies thundered;
your arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was through the sea,
your path through the mighty waters,
yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20

Songs of Praise

You Are Good
God Has Smiled on Me
Change My Heart, Oh God

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 9:51-62

  1. When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
  2. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to prepare for his arrival,
  3. but they did not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
  4. When his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”
  5. But he turned and rebuked them.
  6. Then they went on to another village.
  7. As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
  8. And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
  9. To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
  10. And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
  11. Another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”
  12. And Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 16 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts

  1. Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
  2. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”
  3. As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble ones
    in whom is all my delight.
  4. Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names upon my lips.
  5. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
  6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    I have a goodly heritage.
  7. I bless the Lord, who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
  8. I keep the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
  9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
    my body also rests secure.
  10. For you do not give me up to Sheol
    or let your faithful one see the Pit.
  11. You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Musical Response

Draw the Circle Wide

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

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

  1. Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
  2. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
  1. Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
  2. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
  3. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and the two of them crossed on dry ground.
  4. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”
  5. He responded, “You have asked a hard thing, yet if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”
  6. As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.
  7. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
  8. He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
  9. He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water. He said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? Where is he?” He struck the water again, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha crossed over.


The Mantle is Ours – Rev. Elijah Zehyoue

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder



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 to the pulpit Rev. Elijah Zehyoue, a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.Div.), who served as associate pastor at Alliance congregational partner Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. from 2014-2021. He has experience as a pastor, preacher, scholar, and teacher. He is in the dissertation writing phase of a Ph.D. in African History at Howard University where he studies the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Origins of the Liberian Civil War. Himself an immigrant from Liberia, Elijah’s family came to the U.S. to escape that country’s civil war.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting July 10, 2022 immediately following the 10:00 am worship service, to consider and vote on a candidate for the position of senior pastor. The candidate will preach at the worship service that morning. We hope that as many members as possible will attend to prayerfully consider the candidate for this important position.

Today’s featured image is a photograph of a fresco in the Mar Elias Monastery in South Jerusalem. The monastery stands on the site where Elijah is said to have rested while fleeing Jezebel and where Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are said to have rested while fleeing Herod.

Pray For: We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Veronica and David Williard in the passing of Veronica’s brother Guillermo; 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