Sunday Worship Service for July 19, 2020 – Christmas in July!

(direct Youtube link)

Online worship for Sunday July 19, 2020:

  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video is 34 minutes long.
  3. HOLY GROUNDS ZOOM:  Just after worship ends, please join our fellowship call on Zoom:  (New Zoom meeting ID 829 1129 7119 password 056833)
  4. FRIENDSHIP FORM:  Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern

Don’t forget

    1. Donate online.
    2. Support the Food Pantry.
    3. Start your 21-day Racial Justice Challenge.
    4. Sunday Morning Adult Education via Zoom. 10:00 am – 10:30 am. This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. Meeting 860-148-3445


Worship Sunday July 19, 2020
with Pastor Rev. Missy Shiverick

Good Morning!

Even when we’re physically apart, the Holy Spirit unites us as one community! Even when we can’t go to church, we are the church!

Let us know you worshiped with us today by filling out the Friendship Form located below on this page.

If you are joining in via Facebook, please check in or leave us a comment so we know you are worshiping with us today.

Don’t forget to keep checking our various social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, for up-to-date information.




WELCOME Rev. Martha M. Shiverick


One: Christ was born among us!

All: God lives within our world.

One: Because of God-with-us, life is full of promise for you and for me. Life is full of promise for our community.

All: We celebrate today the presence of God’s promise in our midst.

One: The promise of a small child coming into a crowded, hurting world, and growing to be a liberator.

All: It is the promise of you and me, struggling and stumbling together, growing and celebrating, reaching out to make a new presence in our world.

One: Let us worship God!

CALL TO CONFESSION Laura Fothergill & David German

Trusting in God’s love made known in the gift of Jesus, let us confess our sins.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION unison, Laura Fothergill & David German

God of wonder, you surround us with signs of your glory and surprise us with your presence, yet we often miss the marvels you place before us.

Forgive our dullness and make us alert to the ways you make yourself known, that we might be witnesses to your good news and proclaim your extravagant love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON Laura Fothergill & David German

As children of the Holy One, God forgives you and loves you eternally. By the power of God’s Spirit, forgive yourself and forgive others as God has forgiven you.


HYMN: “We Are Marching in the Light of God” (Siyahamba)

We are marching in the light of God; we are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God’ we are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching, in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching in the light of God.



By the breath of your Spirit inspire us, that in the hearing of your Word we may be filled with new understanding and fresh desire to please you in all we do. Amen.


    • O Holy Night


    • Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11

SERMON Rev. Martha Shiverick

    • ‘We All Need A Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute’


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Rey, Barbara & Nicole Prieto

God’s light breaks through the darkness to fill our lives with grace and truth. This is the good news of Christmas and every day; that Christ came to show us how to walk the path of wisdom enlightened by your love. Let us pray for the world and our church saying,

Light of the world, shine in our lives.

Eternal Source, Divine Wisdom, we pray for all leaders of the world in this time of Pandemics of Racism and a Virus. May your justice guide them to govern with truth and equity for all.

Prince of Peace, we pray for all those who live and serve in medical facilities and places of unrest. May you keep them from unrest.

Spirit breath, we pray for the beauty of creation witnessed from the vault of heaven to the depths of the sea.

May your goodness stir up in us a willingness to care for the precious resources with which you have entrusted us.

Light of the world, shine in our lives.

Joy of every human heart, we pray for all who suffer sickness and sorrow. May your healing love find a dwelling place in our lives this day. Holy Comforter, we pray for those in need of food and shelter.

May your abiding presence shelter them with mercy as we build communities of care. Eternal Dayspring from on High, we pray for those who are dying and those who have died. May they find in you a resting place by springs of living water.

Light of the world, shine in our lives.

Oh Great Mystery, eternity entered time in your Word and our lives are embraced within the compassion of your Word. Open our hearts to the wonder of your love, that Wisdom may find a home in us and forever speak your praise.

We pray all this in Christ’s name who also taught us to pray in this manner:

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO OFFERING Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

Lord Jesus Christ, your goodness to us is beyond the reach of our imagination, a fullness of love that embraces all of life.

From you we have received grace upon grace.

Accept our offering for the sake of the world.

All that we have is yours, and all we return to you is but a reflection of your love for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at and clicking on the GIVE button
    2. You may download the free Give+ app (iOS & Android)
    3. You may consider setting up online payment via your bank bill pay program.
    4. You may also mail in your check to the church at Riviera Presbyterian Church at 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143

If you are a member of another church, please donate to them during this time


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God, ye hosts in heaven above;
Praise God, the Trinity of Love. Amen




    • Don’t forget to fill out the Friendship Form below, or leave us a comment on Facebook so we know you worshiped with us today. Please include any prayer requests you have which will be sent to our pastoral care team.

    • Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the worship service on Zoom Holy Grounds to connect with others in the Riviera church family.  Sundays at 11:45 a.m.

    • 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.

       Our Current Needs:

      • Peanut Butter – Pasta – Granola Bars – Tuna – Mac and Cheese – Canned soup, fruit and veggies.

      • UNUSED Hotel size shampoo bottles

      • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

        Donations can be dropped off at the church Fellowship Hall doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. If you are ordering the food to be delivered please schedule them for Tuesdays or Thursdays. –Thank you.

    • Sunday Morning Adult Education Online
      Via ZOOM
      10:00 am – 10:30 am
      This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. Meeting # 860-148-3445

–Thank you.


Video and audio was recorded by various members of the church’s staff and family for the purpose of providing online worship to the members of Riviera Presbyterian and others who view the link.

Reprinted/streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE#A-713957. All rights reserved.

Joy to the World
Public Domain
TEXT: Isaac Watts, 1719, alt.
MUSIC: Attr. George Frederick Handel, 1742; arr. Lowell Mason, 1836

Siyahamba/We Are Marching In the Light of God
#65063 Type: Words and Music; First Line: We Are Marching In the Light of God
Contributors: Anders Nyberg

O Holy Night
Type: Music; First Line: O holy night, the stars are brightly
Contributors: Jack Schrader
Tune: © 1989, Hope Publishing Company

Angels We Have Heard On High
Type: Words and Music; First Line: Angels we have heard on high
Text: 77 77 with refrain; French, ca. 18th cent.; tr. from Crown of Jesus Music, London, 1862. Music: Trad. French carol.
Contributors: GLORIA

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