Service for October 23, 2022


Call to Worship

Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion,
and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.

Psalm 65:1-4


Songs of Praise

Every Praise
When I Look Into Your Holiness

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

Psalm 57 – Selected and read by Deacon Margo Ferguson

  1. Be merciful to me, O God; be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge;
    in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    until the destroying storms pass by.
  2. I cry to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
  3. He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah
    God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.
  4. I lie down among lions
    that greedily devour human prey;
    their teeth are spears and arrows,
    their tongues sharp swords.
  5. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over all the earth.
  6. They set a net for my steps;
    my soul was bowed down.
    They dug a pit in my path,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
  7. My heart is steadfast, O God;
    my heart is steadfast.
    I will sing and make melody.
  8. Awake, my soul!
    Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn.
  9. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
  10. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
    your faithfulness extends to the clouds.
  11. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over all the earth.

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 13:1-9

  1. At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
  2. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
  3. No, I tell you, but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.
  4. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the other people living in Jerusalem?
  5. No, I tell you, but unless you repent you will all perish just as they did.”
  6. Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
  7. So he said to the man working the vineyard, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’
  8. He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.
  9. If it bears fruit next year, well and good, but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”


Looking for Fruit – Rev. Mia M. McClain


They’ll Know We Are Christians


Closing Song

Sweet, Sweet Spirit

In the Life of the Church

At Riverside Baptist Church, our one law is love of God and neighbor. In this diverse community, we celebrate all identities, orientations, gender equality, and racial diversity. We draw the circle of God’s love large here. Whoever you are and wherever you are on the journey, you are included.

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We will be live-streaming the service. A recording of the service will be available on the website later for those who are not able to be here in person.

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.

Riverside will have a servanthood meeting following worship service next Sunday, October 30. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Pray For: We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Jaclynne White Nnawuchi and family in the loss of her mother in law, Esperanza Isabella Gomez Nnawuchi; Terryn Nelson and her sister, Rachelle Nelson, niece and nephew Cecilly and Hasaan, and family friend Robert Napson; 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