Service for July 17, 2022

Featured art is a painted door from the “ArT of opEN doors” project in Madeira, Portugal.


Call to Worship

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
of mischief done against the godly?
All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
you worker of treachery.
You love evil more than good
and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
The righteous will see and fear
and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
“See the one who would not take
refuge in God
but trusted in abundant riches
and sought refuge in wealth!”

But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
I will thank you forever
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Psalm 52

Songs of Praise

Everybody Clap Your Hands
Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil

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

Presentation of Riverside Baptist Church Scholarship Winners 2022

Scripture Lesson 1

Luke 10:38-42

  1. Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him.
  2. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
  3. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her, then, to help me.”
  4. But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things,
  5. but few things are needed—indeed only one. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Psalm 15 – Selected and read by Deacon LeRoy Potts

  1. O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
    Who may dwell on your holy hill?
  2. Those who walk blamelessly and do what is right
    and speak the truth from their heart;
  3. who do not slander with their tongue
    and do no evil to their friends
    nor heap shame upon their neighbors;
  4. in whose eyes the wicked are despised
    but who honor those who fear the Lord;
    who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
  5. who do not lend money at interest
    and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

    Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Musical Response

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

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

Romans 12:2

  1. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.


Spiritual Disciplines Open the Door – Rev. Robin Williams Evans

Hymn of Consecration

Here I Am 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.

EVERYONE – Please go here to let us know that you were here today. You can also go here to sign up for the weekly email newsletter, or request contact from the pastor.

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.

The Riverside Baptist Church Scholarship Committee will present scholarships to this year’s recipients in today’s service. Please join us in praying for these young people as they begin their college educations, and join us in the multipurpose room following worship for refreshments and a chance to congratulate the recipients.

The church voted last week to call Rev. Mia Michelle McClain as our next senior pastor in a specially-called meeting following Sunday worship service. She will join us September 1.

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 issued statements on several of the recent Supreme Court decisions. You can see these statements on their websites.

Today’s featured art is a picture of a painted door from the “ArT of opEN doors” project, in the city of Funchal, on the island of Madeira in Portugal. More information on the project is available online.

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