Worship Sunday July 26, 2020
SERMON SUMMER SERIES
THE BOOK OF ACTS
with Pastor Rev. Missy Shiverick
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!
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CHIMING OF THE HOUR & WELCOMING THE LIGHT
WELCOME Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
CALL TO WORSHIP Susan Admire
One: We have been called to walk the faithful road and to choose the way of God’s justice.
All: We are here because we believe strongly that God is good, and that we live in that goodness. We are here to proclaim our faith and seek direction along this faith journey.
One: Come together then, to be God’s people. Follow the teachings of Christ and listen for the good things God has done. Rise up in praise and thanksgiving!
All: We will share with others the goodness that we have found in God. May our lives be an expression of that goodness.
One: Let us worship God!
CALL TO CONFESSION Fouche Family
Our faith teaches us that ‘when our judgement of people or our actions toward them are determined by the color of their skin we are not acting like the …children of God – and we ought to be ashamed of ourselves.” But our God is also gracious and has provided a cure for our alienation: ‘a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Let us lift our outspread hands to God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION unison
In your holy presence, O God, we mourn our divisions, acknowledge our fearfulness, and admit our shameful silence in the face of injustice. God, who in Christ reconciled all flesh and dismantled the divisions of race, class, creed, we ask that you forgive the smallness of our vision and lack of concern. Spoil any pleasure we enjoy at the expense of another. Awaken within us the still small voice calling us to repentance and igniting our commitment to reconciliation. Hear now our prayers.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
In our striving to follow the teachings of Jesus, God is a sure and constant presence, never coercing commitment but always inviting it. God holds before us priorities that emerge from the Word,
God enlightens us when our understandings are dim,
God beckons us to embody belief in deed,
God strengthens us in spirit and truth.
It is so that we are loved by God.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Anna Rosas
- HYMN “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 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.
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION Susan Admire
Spirit of life, we do not know how to pray as we ought.
Meet us with words written, in words spoken;
intercede for us with sighs too deep for words,
until we shine in the hope that is hidden in our hearts. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Acts 10: 34-48
SERMON Rev. Martha Shiverick
- ‘Membership Is Now Open to All’
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Carol and Abigail Thompson
Holy God, your people come to pray for the world and all that is in it.
God of Justice, work your will in our world.
Free us, O God, to speak your word to a lost and hurting world.
Greed has overtaken the land and ambition has crowded out love.
Iniquity has spread like a stain, making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Give us your voice that your church can serve as shepherd
guiding your people to your will for the world.
God of compassion, work your will in our world.
Free us, O God to tend to those who are weak and needy.
You always care especially for those who are abandoned or rejected;
for the sick, women, children, widows.
Give us eyes to recognize them living in our midst:
people without legal immigration documents;
people in abusive relationships;
those who live in the shadows of fear and indifference.
Use us to deliver them, with your guiding help,
from all that would harm or oppress.
God of impartiality, work your will in our world.
Free us from asking, ‘Who is our neighbor?”
Take pity on us, that we might show compassion;
anoint us and bandage our wounds,
so that we might do the same for those in need.
Carry us, and give us the strength to carry others.
Heal your aching world, we pray, and use us to work out your will.
We pray all this in Jesus’ name who also taught us when we prayed 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.
THE LORD’S PRAYER unison
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.
MINUTE FOR MISSION Ellen Anderson
ANNOUNCEMENTS Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
- Backpacks & School Supplies For Frances Tucker Elementary 5th Grade Students
CALL TO OFFERING Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
O Gracious God, bless our offering that it may reach and touch those who hunger, who hurt, who seek new hope. As part of the global village, we care about all of our sisters and brothers. We pray for disarmament and world peace, for an end to bigotry and institutional racism, for liberty to those who are oppressed, for joy to those who are weary. In honor of our Sovereign God. Amen.
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INVITATION TO GIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
The Act of Gratitude
- You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at www.rivierachurch.org and clicking on the GIVE button
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- You may consider setting up online payment via your bank bill pay program.
- 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
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION Rev. Martha Shiverick
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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
10:00 am – 10:30 am
This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. Meeting # 860-148-3445
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.
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Blest Be the Tie That Binds
TEXT: John Fawcett, 1782
MUSIC: Johann Georg Nägeli, 1828; arr. Lowell Mason, 1845
ANTHEM “Draw Me Nearer” by David Catherwood
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
When Peace like a River It is Well with My Soul
TEXT: Horatio G. Spafford, 1876, alt.
MUSIC: Philip P. Bliss, 1876