Service for August 21, 2022

Featured art is “Work and Rest,” by Jean Charlot (1965, Smithsonian American Art Museum).


Call to Worship

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
From my birth I have leaned upon you,
my protector since my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

Psalm 71:1-6

Songs of Praise

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Bless That Wonderful Name
Near to the Heart of God

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 13:10-17

  1. Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
  2. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.
  3. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”
  4. When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.
  5. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured and not on the Sabbath day.”
  6. But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it to water?
  7. And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?”
  8. When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame, and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things being done by him.

Scripture Lesson 2

Jeremiah 1:4-10 – Selected and read by Deacon Lillie S. Ransom

  1. Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
  2. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    and before you were born I consecrated you;
    I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
  3. Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”
  4. But the Lord said to me,

    “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy,’
    for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
    and you shall speak whatever I command you.
  5. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”
  6. Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me,
    “Now I have put my words in your mouth.
  7. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
    to pluck up and to pull down,
    to destroy and to overthrow,
    to build and to plant.”

Musical Response

You Are My Hiding Place

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

Matthew 11:28-29

  1. “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
  2. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.


Come and Rest – Rev. Dr. Lisa Banks-Williams

Hymn of Consecration

My Tribute



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 to the pulpit Rev. Dr. Lisa Banks-Williams, a member of the Board of Directors of the D.C. Baptist Convention serving as Chair of the Enlistment committee and member of the Coaching, Mental Health, and Equipping Leaders ministries. Rev. Dr. Banks-Williams provides clinical and pastoral care to individuals, couples and families. As the Program Coordinator for Student Services at Wesley Theological Seminary she provides coaching and counseling to students and consultation to seminary faculty. She recently retired after thirty-five years as a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse.

Violinist Leonid Sushansky, Artistic Director of the National Chamber, is joining Lincoln Cobbins for the offertory and anthem today. He is a widely acclaimed musician, who made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2005 and has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, as a recitalist and chamber musician in esteemed concert halls worldwide and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs.

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.

International Overdose Awareness Day is Wednesday, August 31. There will be an event with information and networking opportunities at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please pick up a flyer in the atrium for more information.

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