Service for July 10, 2022

Featured art is an image of Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellenic Cloud. The image is courtesy of NASA.


Call to Worship

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Psalm 25: 1-10

Songs of Praise

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
O Happy Day!
10,000 Reasons

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 10:25-37

  1. An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
  2. He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
  3. He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.”
  4. And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
  5. But wanting to vindicate himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
  6. Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and took off, leaving him half dead.
  7. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
  8. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
  9. But a Samaritan while traveling came upon him, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion.
  10. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
  11. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you spend.’
  12. Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
  13. He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Colossians 1:1-14 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
  2. To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
  3. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  4. for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,
  5. because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel
  6. that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.
  7. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
  8. and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
  9. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
  10. so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
  11. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, so that you may have all endurance and patience, joyfully
  12. giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  13. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
  14. in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Musical Response

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

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

Genesis 1:1-10, 26

  1. When God began to create the heavens and the earth,
  2. the earth was complete chaos, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
  3. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
  4. And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.
  5. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
  6. And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
  7. So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.
  8. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
  9. And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
  10. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
  1. Then God said, “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild animals of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”


Creativity Out of Chaos – Rev. Mia M. McClain

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

What a Friend We Have in Jesus



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.

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 to the pulpit Rev. Mia Michelle McClain, candidate for the position of senior pastor. Mia is an artist, pastor and king cake lover. She currently serves as the Associate Minister at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally from New Orleans, Mia obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts in Art and Public Policy from New York University, and a Master of Divinity, with concentration in Psychology, Religion, and Homiletics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Duke Divinity Innovation Grant that enabled research and production around decolonizing liturgical practice and space. A licensed Baptist minister, Mia is ordained in the United Church of Christ and served as a liturgist and songwriter at the UCC’s 2021 General Synod. Prior to her call to ministry, Mia lived into her arts career fully, performing in theatres across the country, composing and executive producing projects.

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 today Sunday, July 10, 2022 immediately following the 10:00 am worship service, to consider and vote on the candidate for the position of senior pastor.

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: Lynda Gyles’s aunt, Heidi DeVaugh; 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; Lillie Ransom’s sister Teriea and her husband, Jerry; Sheba Greene’s daughter Donna; Dr. Bledsoe’s mother, Peggy Bledsoe