Service for September 11, 2022

Featured art is a picture of the Angel Oak Tree in John’s Island, SC.


Call to Worship

Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path that sinners tread
or sit in the seat of scoffers,
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

The wicked are not so
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1

Songs of Praise

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
How Great Is Our God
10,000 Reasons

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

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

  1. At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse,
  2. a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them.
  1. “For my people are foolish;
    they do not know me;
    they are stupid children;
    they have no understanding.
    They are skilled in doing evil
    but do not know how to do good.”
  2. I looked on the earth, and it was complete chaos,
    and to the heavens, and they had no light.
  3. I looked on the mountains, and they were quaking,
    and all the hills moved to and fro.
  4. I looked, and there was no one at all,
    and all the birds of the air had fled.
  5. I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert,
    and all its cities were laid in ruins
    before the Lord, before his fierce anger.
  6. For thus says the Lord: The whole land shall be a desolation, yet I will not make a full end.
  7. Because of this the earth shall mourn
    and the heavens above grow black,
    for I have spoken; I have purposed;
    I have not relented, nor will I turn back.

Scripture Lesson 2

1 Timothy 1:12-17 – Selected and read by Terryn Nelson

  1. I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful and appointed me to his service,
  2. even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
  3. and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
  4. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost.
  5. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience as an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life.
  6. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Musical Response

Glory Be to the Father

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 14:16-20

  1. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
  2. and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
  3. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
    to set free those who are oppressed,
  4. to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
  5. And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.


Honking for Jesus? – Rev. Mia M. McClain

The Ordinance of Holy Communion

Hymn of Consecration

I Surrender All



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.

September 3 was the 159th anniversary of the renaming of Island Baptist Church to Fifth Baptist Church. 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 25. Today, a few pictures of pastors and other church leaders over the years are on display 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