Sunday Worship Service for September 20, 2020

Online worship for Sunday September 20, 2020:

  1. DOWNLOAD the Bulletin PDF now:
    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script September 20, 2020 (PDF)
  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 30 minutes.
  3. ORDINATION OF ELDERS ZOOM:  When the video finishes playing, please join our call on Zoom at 11:45 a.m.:  (New Zoom meeting ID 829 1129 7119 password 056833)
  4. FAITH IN ACTIONClick HERE if you are interested in learning more about serving the church by joining a committee or offering your talents
  5. FRIENDSHIP FORM:  Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern


Worship Sunday September 20, 2020


Good Morning!

Welcome to our online worship. We’re delighted that you joined us today.

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

CALL TO WORSHIP — Amparo Hernandez

One: Whether we embrace God’s call in our lives or try to avoid it,
All: God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
One: Whether we are long-timers or latecomers in the life of faith,
All: God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
One: Let us Worship God!


Because we do not always live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, we confess before God and one another our sins and shortcomings.
In repentance, let us turn toward God’s grace and mercy.


Gracious God, we have sought after things, but we have not sought after you. We have expected generosity, but we have not shown generosity.
We have not been gracious or grateful. We have failed to remember all that you have done. Forgive us and help us fill our hearts with gratitude.
Help us to share our gifts. May we ask once again for your mercy? Will you help us to be more merciful towards one another? We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


People of God, our sins are forgiven; we are reconciled to God.
Let us therefore love one another
with gratitude in our hearts and praise on our lips.



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.



Gracious God, your Word surprises, challenges, upsets, and overturns our way of seeing and thinking. Come, find us today wherever we are, however we are. By the power of your Holy Spirit, cause that which is withering to blossom and broaden until we see as you see, and thereby glimpse the realm you are bringing. Amen.


    • Hymn 701:  “Lord, Prepare Me (Sanctuary)”

SCRIPTURE— Michele Ready

    • Matthew 20:1-16  “The Laborers in the Vineyard”
    1. “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
    2. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,[a] he sent them into his vineyard.
    3. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
    4.  and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
    5.  When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.
    6.  And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’
    7. They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
    8. When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’
    9. When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.[b]
    10. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.[c]
    11. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
    12. saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
    13. But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?[d]
    14. Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
    15. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’[e]
    16. So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”[f]

SERMON — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘The Fair Wage’



God, we pray for the needs of our world.

God, you hear our cries and our whines and you are faithful to us, so we come before you with our petitions for ourselves and our world.

We pray for our church and its leaders. We thank you that you have called each of us to be your hands and heart in the world and this morning we particularly thank our new officers as well as Karen Picciano and Kathy Stults who have served their terms on session well. We pray that all in leadership positions be of open mind and open heart so that through their particular ministries, the Riviera Community will be an instrument of love, justice, and peace.

Lord these past few months have been full on turmoil and we pray for our world which is in pain. Be with those fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, the institutional racism gripping and tearing our country apart, our economic turmoil, and the hurricane season upon us. Today peace feels illusive. We need to feel your close presence and to remember that you are with us in our times of need. We ask that you show us where our mission is in this day and in this hour. We pray all this knowing you hear both the voiced and the silent concerns filling each of our hearts.

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, who art 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 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.


God of the harvest, we are privileged to be counted among those whom you have called, graced to have been given work to do, blessed to receive more than we will even earn. Accept, we pray, our thanksgivings and offerings, as they already belong to you. Amen.


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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

EXPLANATION –– Rev. Martha Shiverick


The Presbyterian Church has offices that lead the local church. Along with pastors, who are also called teaching elders, there is also the office of ruling elder. The role of elders is Biblical and people are ordained into this ministry of the church.

In ordination, the church sets apart with prayer and the laying on of hands those who have been called through election by the church to serve as elders. In installation, the church sets apart with prayer those previously ordained to the office of elder and called anew to service in that office.

This service focuses on Christ and the joy and responsibility of serving him through the mission and ministry of the church. All ministry in the Church is a gift of Jesus Christ. Members and officers alike serve mutually under the mandate of Christ who is chief minister to all. While ministry is one, specific forms of ministry emphasize special tasks and skills.

Elders are chosen by the people. Together with the Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of our particular congregation as well as the church at large.

Following the hymn, you are invited to participate in the ordination and installation service for Elders of Riviera Presbyterian Church class of 2023. I ask those who are going to be ordained and installed, to prepare themselves by donning the stoles which have the hands of the session on them.


The Worship Service will Continue on Zoom
Meeting # 829-1129-7119 and Password 056833

MEETING for The Purpose Of Ordaining And Installing The Elders Class Of 2023.


    • Amparo Hernandez
    • Susan Admire
    • Michele Ready
    • Bryan Page


Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

I do.

Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?

I do.

Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?

I do.

Will you fulfill your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?

I will.

Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?

I will.

Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?

I will.

Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?

I do.

Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?

I will.

Will you be a faithful ruling elder, watching over the

people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?

I will.


Do we, the members of the church, accept Amparo Hernandez, Susan Admire, Michele Ready and Bryan Page as ruling elders, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?

We do.

Do we agree to pray for them, to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church?

We do.


God of Grace, you have called us to a common ministry, invited us to be ambassadors of Christ, and trusted us with your ministry of reconciliation. Grant your blessings on the newly ordained and installed officers of Riviera Presbyterian Church. Give them the ability to discern your will for us and the courage to act on their faith. And may all of us rightly follow where they lead us, so that together we may declare your wonderful deeds and show your love to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION – Rev. Missy Shiverick 


You are invited to stay in the zoom meeting for fellowship time after the congregational meeting.



    • 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.

    • Join Mission@TheMovies. First, watch “To Breathe Free” — a movie that follows the 5-year journey of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs to the refugee camps in Jordan and starting a new life in Washington, D.C. —  and then sign up on Eventbrite to join a community discussion about the issues around immigration to America, on Wed., Sept. 23.
    • Adult Bible Study. Join us next Sunday Morning for Online Adult Bible Study Class, 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

    • 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:  Canned Veggies, fruits, soups, and tuna, pasta sauce, peanut butter and granola bars

      • 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.

–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.

  • Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!

    Type: Words; First Line: Come sing o church in joy

    Contributors: Brian Dill

  • 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

  • Lord, Prepare Me / Sanctuary

    #119603 List

    Type: Music; First Line: Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary

    Contributors: John W. Thompson

    Tune: Text and music: John Thompson & Randy Scuggs. © 1982, Whole Armor Music/Final Armor Music. Administered by The Kruger Organization, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

  • I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

    Type: Words and Music; First Line: I, the Lord of sea and sky

    Text: Based on Isaiah 6; Dan Schutte; Vietnamese by Phan Hoàng. Music: Dan Schutte. Text and music © 1981, 2000, OCP. All rights reserved.

    Contributors: Dan Schutte


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