Service for July 31, 2022

Featured art is “The Persistence of Memory,” painted by Salvador Dali in 1931.


Call to Worship

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

Let those who are wise pay attention to these things
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 107:1-9, 43

Songs of Praise

The Church’s One Foundation
Higher Ground
Be Still, My Soul

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 12:13-21

  1. Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
  2. But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?”
  3. And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
  4. Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly.
  5. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’
  6. Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
  7. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’
  8. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
  9. So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Scripture Lesson 2

Colossians 3:1-11 – Selected and read by Deacon Laurel Eierman

  1. So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
  2. Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth,
  3. for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
  4. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
  5. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).
  6. On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.
  7. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.
  8. But now you must get rid of all such things: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.
  9. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices
  10. and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.
  11. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, enslaved and free, but Christ is all and in all!

Musical Response

I’ve Got Peace Like A River

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

Hosea 11:1-11

  1. When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
  2. The more I called them,
    the more they went from me;
    they kept sacrificing to the Baals
    and offering incense to idols.
  3. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
    I took them up in my arms,
    but they did not know that I healed them.
  4. I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with bands of love.
    I was to them like those
    who lift infants to their cheeks.
    I bent down to them and fed them.
  5. They shall return to the land of Egypt,
    and Assyria shall be their king,
    because they have refused to return to me.
  6. The sword rages in their cities;
    it consumes their oracle priests
    and devours because of their schemes.
  7. My people are bent on turning away from me.
    To the Most High they call,
    but he does not raise them up at all.
  8. How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, O Israel?
    How can I make you like Admah?
    How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
    My heart recoils within me;
    my compassion grows warm and tender.
  9. I will not execute my fierce anger;
    I will not again destroy Ephraim,
    for I am God and no mortal,
    the Holy One in your midst,
    and I will not come in wrath.
  10. They shall go after the Lord,
    who roars like a lion;
    when he roars,
    his children shall come trembling from the west.
    11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt
    and like doves from the land of Assyria,
    and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.


The Memory of God for the People of God – Rev. Trisha Miller Manarin

Hymn of Consecration

The Solid Rock



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 you were with us today. This link will also allow you to 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. Trisha Miller Manarin, the executive minister of the DC Baptist Convention. She loves serving with DCBC and living out the motto, “One Faith, Many Cultures, Endless Possibilities.” More information on Rev. Manarin is available from the DCBC website.

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.

The 165th anniversary of the founding of Riverside Baptist Church, then called Island Baptist Church, was Tuesday, July 26, 2022. We will commemorate this anniversary later in the year. Today, a few pictures of various congregational groups over the years are on view in the atrium.

Today’s featured image is “The Persistence of Memory,” painted by Salvador Dali in 1931. It is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is a surrealistic allegorical view of the nature of reality and memory. More information on the painting and its symbolism is available from Wikipedia and the Museum of Modern Art. and

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