Service for October 30, 2022

Featured art is a picture of stained glass in Riverside Baptist Church, Washington DC from church’s previous building.


Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their couches.

Psalm 149:1-5

Songs of Praise

The Church’s One Foundation
Blest Be the Tie That Binds


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

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 – Selected and read by Deacon Jonathan J. Holley

  1. The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
  2. O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
    and you will not listen?
    Or cry to you “Violence!”
    and you will not save?
  3. Why do you make me see wrongdoing
    and look at trouble?
    Destruction and violence are before me;
    strife and contention arise.
  4. So the law becomes slack,
    and justice never prevails.
    The wicked surround the righteous;
    therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
  1. I will stand at my watchpost
    and station myself on the rampart;
    I will keep watch to see what he will say to me
    and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
  2. Then the Lord answered me and said:
    Write the vision;
    make it plain on tablets,
    so that a runner may read it.
  3. For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
    it speaks of the end and does not lie.
    If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
    it will surely come; it will not delay.
  4. Look at the proud!
    Their spirit is not right in them,
    but the righteous live by their faithfulness.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our God, 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 13:10-17

  1. Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
  2. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.
  3. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”
  4. When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.
  5. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured and not on the Sabbath day.”
  6. But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it to water?
  7. And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?”
  8. When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame, and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things being done by him.


In-Breaking and Breaking Out – Rev. Mia M. McClain


The Solid Rock


Closing Song

Marching in the Light of God

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.

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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 today, Sunday, October 30. Members, please plan to attend and participate in the life of your church.

Pray For: 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