Service for September 4, 2022

Featured art is “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen,” by Vincent Van Gogh (1884) (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam).


Call to Worship

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Songs of Praise

We’ve Come This Far by Faith

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 14:25-33

  1. Now large crowds were traveling with him, and he turned and said to them,
  2. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
  3. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
  4. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?
  5. Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him,
  6. saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
  7. Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
  8. If he cannot, then while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.
  9. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

Scripture Lesson 2

Jeremiah 18:1-11 – Selected and read by Deacon Laurel Eierman

  1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
  2. “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”
  3. So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.
  4. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.
  5. Then the word of the Lord came to me:
  6. Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
  7. At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,
  8. but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it.
  9. And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
  10. but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.
  11. Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you, from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Musical Response

Draw the Circle Wide

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

Psalm 122

  1. I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
  2. Our feet are standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
  3. Jerusalem—built as a city
    that is bound firmly together.
  4. To it the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the Lord,
    as was decreed for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
  5. For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
    the thrones of the house of David.
  6. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May they prosper who love you.
  7. Peace be within your walls
    and security within your towers.”
  8. For the sake of my relatives and friends
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
  9. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your good.


Let Us Go! – Rev. Mia M. McClain

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love



Sweet, Sweet Spirt

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 our new senior pastor, Rev. Mia M. McClain. We are glad to have her here!

Yesterday, September 3 was the 159th anniversary of the renaming of Island Baptist Church to Fifth Baptist Church. Last Sunday, August 28, was the 54th anniversary of the renaming 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. We will commemorate this anniversary on September 25th. Today, a few pictures of various congregational groups over the years are on view in the atrium.

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.

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