Service for August 28, 2022

Featured art is “Going to Church,” by African-American artist William H. Johnson (1940). (Smithsonian American Art Museum)


Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!
Happy are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
they will be remembered forever.
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Their hearts are steady; they will not be afraid;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have distributed freely; they have given to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn is exalted in honor.
The wicked see it and are angry;
they gnash their teeth and melt away;
the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

Psalm 112

Songs of Praise

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
God Has Smiled on Me
The Solid Rock

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

Proverbs 25:6-7

  1. Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great,
  2. for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

    What your eyes have seen

Scripture Lesson 2

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Let mutual affection continue.
  2. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
  3. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them, those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
  4. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
  5. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
  6. So we can say with confidence,

    “The Lord is my helper;
    I will not be afraid.
    What can anyone do to me?”
  7. Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
  8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
  1. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
  2. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Musical Response

I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry

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 14:1, 7-14

  1. On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely.
  1. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.
  2. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host,
  3. and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.
  4. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
  5. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  6. He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers and sisters or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.
  7. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
  8. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”


Becoming a Humble(r) Church – Dr. Brian Flanagan

Hymn of Consecration

What a Friend We Have in Jesus



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 Dr. Brian Flanagan, Associate Professor of Theology at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. A Roman Catholic, Dr. Flanagan’s research and writing focuses on the nature and mission of the church, on the structures that help support that mission, and on ecumenical dialogue between Christians. He is the author of Stumbling in Holiness: Sin and Sanctity in the Church, and is currently the President of the College Theology Society.

Riverside is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Do you know someone who is a member of the Church or a child, grandchild or dependent of a member or a resident of Southwest DC who needs a scholarship for next year? The deadline for applications is May 15. Go to Riverside Baptist Church Scholarship Program on the Church website for more information and to start the application process.

Today, August 28, is the 54th anniversary of the re-naming of Fifth Baptist church to Riverside Baptist Church. July 26 was the one hundred and sixty fifth anniversary of the founding of Riverside Baptist Church, then called Island Baptist Church, later Fifth Baptist Church. We will commemorate this anniversary on September 25. Today, a few pictures of various congregational groups over the years are on view in the atrium.

This Wednesday, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness day. 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.

Today’s featured artwork is “Going to Church,” by African-American artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970). Johnson was born in South Carolina, and trained at the National Academy of Design in New York. He also spent time developing his art in Europe before returning to NYC. Many of his paintings are held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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