Service for September 18, 2022

“Super Bloom in California Desert” is an image captured by Peter Thoeny in the Carrizo Plain National Monument on Earth Day, 2017. Superblooms occur as an unusually high proportion of wildflowers whose seeds have lain dormant in desert soil germinate and blossom at roughly the same time.

Prelude

Call to Worship

O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.

Psalm 98:1-5

Songs of Praise

We’re Marching to Zion
Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

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.

Offertory

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

Luke 16:1-13 – Selected and read by Margo Ferguson

  1. Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.
  2. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management because you cannot be my manager any longer.’
  3. Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
  4. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’
  5. So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
  6. He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’
  7. Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’
  8. And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly, for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
  9. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
  10. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
  11. If, then, you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
  12. And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
  13. No slave can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Musical Response

Give Thanks

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.
Amen.

Anthem

Sermon Lesson

Habakkuk 3:17-19

  1. Though the fig tree does not blossom
    and no fruit is on the vines;
    though the produce of the olive fails
    and the fields yield no food;
    though the flock is cut off from the fold
    and there is no herd in the stalls,
  2. yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will exult in the God of my salvation.
  3. God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer
    and makes me tread upon the heights.

    To the leader: with stringed instruments.

Sermon

Yet – Rev. Mia M. McClain

Hymn of Consecration

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Benediction

Recessional

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.

Next Sunday, September 25, we will commemorate the 165th anniversary of our founding with a special service and a celebratory reception in the Bob Nelson Room after the service. There will be a small exhibit of some of our historical documents and pictures. 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