Service for July 3, 2022

Featured art is a photograph of Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) in southwest Iceland.


Call to Worship

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name.” Selah

Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him,
who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah

Bless our God, O peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living
and has not let our feet slip.

Psalm 66: 1-9

Songs of Praise

Blessed Assurance
The Name of the Lord
Higher Ground

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

2 Kings 5:1-14

  1. Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from a skin disease.
  2. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife.
  3. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his skin disease.”
  4. So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.
  5. And the king of Aram said, “Go, then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.” He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments.
  6. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his skin disease.”
  7. When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his skin disease? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”
  8. But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.”
  9. So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house.
  10. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
  11. But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God and would wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease!
  12. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage.
  13. But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
  14. So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Scripture Lesson 2

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
  2. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
  3. Go on your way; I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
  4. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.
  5. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’
  6. And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you.
  7. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
  8. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
  9. cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
  10. But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say,
  11. ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’
  1. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
  2. The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!”
  3. He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.
  4. Indeed, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.
  5. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Musical Response

Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul

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 42:7

  1. Deep calls to deep
    at the thunder of your torrents;
    all your waves and your billows
    have gone over me.


The Celebration of Discipline – Rev. Robin Williams Evans

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

Lift Every Voice and Sing



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.

Visitors – Please go here to let us know that you were here today. You can also request contact from the deacons and to add your contact information to our database.

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 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.

We will collect an offering for the Shepherd’s Purse after today’s in-person worship. It is used to help those in need in our community. There will be a deacon at the exit to accept donations.

Riverside will have a special servanthood meeting next Sunday, 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.

Several of the Baptist organization that we are affiliated with and have supported, including the Alliance of Baptists, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North American, and the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) have all issued statements on several of the recent Supreme Court decisions. You can see these statements on their websites.

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