Service for August 7, 2022

Featured image is a portrait of Elizabeth Lindsay Davis (1922). Davis devoted her life to service,


Call to Worship

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all humankind.
From where he sits enthroned he watches
all the inhabitants of the earth—
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
A king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
and by its great might it cannot save.

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
to deliver their soul from death
and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.

Psalm 33:12-22

Songs of Praise

Every Praise
The Name of the Lord
I Need Thee Every Hour

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

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

  1. The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
  1. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom!
    Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
  2. What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord;
    I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts;
    I do not delight in the blood of bulls or of lambs or of goats.
  3. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand?
    Trample my courts no more!
  4. Bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me.
    New moon and Sabbath and calling of convocation—I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
  5. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates;
    they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
  6. When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you;
    even though you make many prayers, I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood.
  7. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove your evil deeds from before my eyes;
    cease to do evil;
  8. learn to do good; seek justice;
    rescue the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow.
  9. Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord:
    If your sins are like scarlet, will they become like snow?
    If they are red like crimson, will they become like wool?
  10. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land,
  11. but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Scripture Lesson 2

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

  1. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
  2. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
  3. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
  1. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance, and he set out, not knowing where he was going.
  2. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
  3. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
  4. By faith, with Sarah’s involvement, he received power of procreation, even though he was too old, because he considered him faithful who had promised.
  5. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
  6. All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth,
  7. for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
  8. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.
  9. But as it is, they desire a better homeland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Musical Response

Bless the Lord

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

Luke 12: 32-40

  1. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
  2. Sell your possessions and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
  3. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  4. “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;
  5. be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
  6. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.
  7. If he comes during the middle of the night or near dawn and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
  8. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
  9. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”


Imitating Christ’s Example of Service – Minister Jonathan J. Holley

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

Shout to the Lord



God Be With You

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 Minister Jonathan J. Holley, who is a member and deacon of the Riverside Baptist Church, and serves as outreach and missions coordinator, choir member, soloist and chaplain for the House of Garçon. He has a Diploma of Theology from the John Leland Seminary, and is preparing to enter a M.Div. program at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in the fall of 2022.

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 a portrait of Elizabeth Lindsay Davis. Davis devoted her life to service, and was a national organizer for the National Association of Colored Women; the first secretary of the Ida B. Wells Club, co-founder of the Phyllis Wheatley Woman’s Club and founder of the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls, a settlement house in Chicago providing housing, health, and educational services for African American girls and women. Settlement houses were established in many cities in the late 1800s and early 1900s to serve immigrants, those formerly enslaved and their descendants, displaced people, and other victims of bad economic circumstance.

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