Easter Sunday Worship Service, April 12, 2020

Online worship for Sunday April 12, 2020:

  1. DOWNLOAD: 04-12-2020 Easter Worship Bulletin Final.PDF. Conveniently, this includes the hymnal pages you’ll want. You might even print it.
  2. YOUTUBE VIDEO will premiere above above at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
    Youtube video link: https://youtu.be/ci65dIbXgO8 if needed
  3. AFTER – Thank you for joining our Holy Grounds Coffee Hour via ZOOM. Join again next week.
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CHIMING OF HOUR (Ellen Anderson)


WELCOME – Rev. Martha Shiverick

OPENING PRAYER (Annie Castro and Alejandra Rondon)

God of all ages and all people, the shadows and gloom of Good Friday have been dispersed by the light and color of Easter Sunday. We rejoice in your power that turns our sorrow into joy, our despair into hope, our defeat into victory, and evil into goodness. Help us this Easter morning, O God, to burst out of the tombs in which we now find ourselves: Where we feel entombed by loneliness, show us the love around us. Where we feel entombed by selfishness, teach us to think of the greater good for our world. Where we feel entombed by fear and anxiety, let us know without a doubt that you walk with us and that you will never abandon us in our need. Let a new life of divine grace and human love burst forth from each of us this Easter day, through the grace of the Jesus Christ, the Risen One. Amen.

LITANY FOR EASTER (Ruthie and Ruth Admire)

Ruth: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Ruthie and Ruth: Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!

Ruthie: This is the Good News we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:

Ruthie and Ruth: Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!

Ruth: That Christ died for our sins, and was buried, and rose again on the third day.

Ruthie and Ruth: Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!

Ruthie: He appeared to Peter, and to the women, and to the twelve, and to many faithful witnesses.

Ruthie and Ruth: Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!

Ruth: At last he came to us, that we may come to believe and proclaim this good news to the world.

Ruthie and Ruth: Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!



PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION  (Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton and Rev. Dr. David Welton)

Almighty God, by the power of your Spirit roll away the stone and reveal to us the Word of Life. Amen.

SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew (Aramaic), “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


  • Rev. Martha M. Shiverick, ‘There is Good News to be Found!’



Let us unite our hearts in prayer, saying

God of Resurrection, Hear our prayer.

God, we pray for the Church throughout the world, that as we celebrate Easter during this pandemic, and we ask that our faith is strong and our witness to your strength and love be renewed.

God of Resurrection, Hear our prayer.

God, we pray for our church, for its members and leaders and e pray for the other churches in our area and denomination, that they offer strength and comfort in this time to others, that they be humble and generous in service to the community, and that they be fearless in the mission of this day.

God of Resurrection, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our government and the governments of the world and their leaders that they be wise in their actions, that they be compassionate to their people, and that they work together for solutions to the virus.

God of Resurrection, Hear our Prayer.

God, we pray for our planet Earth that we realize the precious balance we must create between our usage of resources and its health and wellbeing. We pray for the poor and the stranger, that they may receive a place of refuge, hope and concern as we care for ourselves.

God of Resurrection. Hear our Prayer.

God we pray for our neighbors and those who are sick and in physical or mental distress. Help us to give the balm of hope, of care, and to keep our safe distancing for health reasons, so that others will gain health and wellbeing.

God of resurrection, Hear our prayer.

And God, we pray for ourselves. We pray that we live in the hope and power of the Easter message and that we share that love with others. We pray all this as we pray in the manner that Jesus taught, praying:

For the Lord’s Prayer we appreciate the diverse traditions and backgrounds that make up the Riviera family of faith, and encourage you to use whatever words for this prayer are meaningful for you.


Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


In the spirit of the first believers, we are called to share our goods in common and contribute to the needs of the poor with glad and generous hearts. Let us offer our tithes, our offerings, and our lives to the Lord.


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Riviera’s Food Pantry Ministry will be distributing food on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon on the east entrance of the sanctuary.

If you would like to shop for the food pantry the following items are needed: paper bags, peanut butter, tuna, rice 1-lb bags, dried beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, crackers, pasta sauce and pasta. Please, NO condiments at this time. Donations can be dropped off at the church Fellowship Hall doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. (Not at the Sanctuary please.)

If you are ordering the food to be delivered please schedule them for Tuesdays or Thursdays.


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