Sunday Worship Service for September 27, 2020

Online worship for Sunday September 27, 2020:

  1. DOWNLOAD the Bulletin PDF now:
    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script September 27, 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. 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


Worship Sunday September 27, 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 — Elaine Lanaris

One: Praise the Lord, who is our provider.
All: The Lord is our hope. Our trust is in God.
One: God brought us out of bondage and has made us free.
All: The Lord is our hope. Our trust is in God.
One: Glorious are the deeds of our God, and mighty are God’s acts.
All: The Lord is our hope. Our trust is in God.
One: Let us worship God!


Let us boldly confess our sins before the One who already knows our errors and is gracious to forgive our hidden faults.


God our maker and defender: We confess that frailty of our human condition. We are vulnerable to the forces of nature and history around us. We are often victims of our own carelessness and greed. We do not know how to say ‘no’ to the temptations that destroy us, nor do we know how to say ‘yes’ to redemption that you offer to save us. Were it not for your tender mercies we would be completely lost. Teach us to trust ourselves to you so deeply that when we come to our end we will know you as our friend. Amen.


People of God, our sins are forgiven. The Lord is loving, and we are reconciled to God. Therefore, let us humble and surrender ourselves to the will of God and the glory of the Lord.



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.



Lord, by the power of your Holy Spirit give us words of life, that we may understand your way and follow your truth. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


    • Draw Me Nearer

SCRIPTURE – Sandy Barrow

    • Matthew 21: 23-32

SERMON Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘A Parable of Fake News’



Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying,

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God who is ever present, you hear our cries and are ever faithful in your mercy. We come to you with our concerns for ourselves, our community, and our world.

God, we pray for our church and its leaders. For those who volunteer their time and talents to serve you and to being hope, justice, and love to this hurting world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our country and global community. Enable our leaders to make decisions for the sake of people and not profits, and to serve others and not themselves.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our state and local community. As this pandemic continues, be with those who are ill and those who care for them. We pray for the safety of our children and their teachers and caregivers. Be with those whose economic situation puts their health at a great disadvantage and teach us how to create change and equality in health care.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray for all those who suffer with sickness, sadness, bereavement, and anxiety and we ask that you envelop them in your love and that you help us to be their community and to create the balm that they need.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, we know that you walk with us, and that you answer when we call. With gratitude and trust 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO THE OFFERING Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

Thank you God, for the opportunity to share in your creative and restorative work among people. Because you have blessed us, we have much to give. These offerings express our gratitude and our aspirations to be more fully your own loyal community. 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





    • Join the Ukulele Ensemble, which practices together on Zoom Sunday after worship.
    • Join the Riviera Choir, which rehearses on Thursday evenings.
    • 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.

    • Mission@TheMovies:  First, watch “HUNGER AND HOPE” with Rick Steves on Youtube. Then register on Eventbrite to join our community Zoom discussion on October 28th at 6:30 pm.


    • 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.

  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
    TEXT: William Willians, 1762; stanza 1, trans. Peter Williams, 1771; stanza 2-3. William Williams, 1772
    MUSIC: John Hughes, 1907

  • 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

  • Draw Me Nearer
    #84265 List
    Type: Words and Music; First Line: I am thine O Lord
    Contributors: Fanny Crosby, Susan Naylor Callaway

  • Fairest Lord Jesus
    TEXT: Münster Gesangbuch, 1677; stanzas 1-3, trans. Church Chorals and Choir Studies 1850 alt;
    Stanza 4, trans. Joseph August Seiss, 1873, alt.
    MUSIC: Silesian folk melody; Schleisische Volkslieder, 1842

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