Sunday Worship Service for October 11, 2020

Online worship for Sunday October 11, 2020:

  1. DOWNLOAD the Bulletin PDF now:
    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script October 11, 2020 (PDF)
  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 40 minutes.
  3. HOLY GROUNDS:  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 October 11, 2020

Good Morning!

Welcome to Riviera’s virtual worship service. 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 on our website WORSHIP page.

If you are joining us via Facebook or YouTube, 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. Have you subscribed to our YouTube Channel yet?




WELCOME – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO WORSHIP — Nancy Stults

One: You have been called to the banquet.
All: This is the feast.
One: You have been summoned to the wedding.
All: This is the feast of life and light.
One: From streets and the byways, God has invited us.
All: We have come to the banquet that has no end.
One: Let us worship God! Alleluia! Amen!

CALL TO CONFESSION John and Vivian German

Let us come before the throne of God, the mercy seat, with all our humanity, open to the peace of promised forgiveness.


You invite us to your feast, O God, and we do not come. You beg us to give thanks for life, and we fail in our thanksgiving. You have made for us a wonderful earth, and we neglect the gift. Forgive us for what we have done and for abandoning the pathway you desire for us. Be our guide and our conscience. Turn our feet and hands to your will, that all we do might give glory to you. Amen.


The God of peace, who calls all creation to live in unit, hears our pleas.
In the spirit of feasting and thanksgiving, in the mercy of Almighty God,
we are forgiven and restored to new life. Thanks be to God!




Holy Spirit of God, shine your light upon this Word and into our hearts
that we may be enlightened with fresh understanding. Amen.


    • Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty


    • Matthew 22:1-14 

SERMON — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘Forgetting to RSVP’ 


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE — Christian and Susan Mazzola

Mother, Father, Parent God, you never abandon your children; your steadfast love endures forever, your faithfulness throughout the generations.

We pray for those in our world whose trust has been broken through exploitation by people in power or abuse by those in intimate circles.

We pray for those whose trust has been broken through abandonment by those who promised to stay or manipulation by those who refuse to let go.

We pray for those whose trust has been broken through cold comfort in times of affliction or callous rebukes to those on the margins.

We pray for those whose trust has been broken through the trauma of violence

or the chaos of assault.

Empower us, your body, to enfold and protect the vulnerable, those who have been broken in body, mind, or spirit, through your all-embracing love.

We pray all this in Christ’s name who 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 and the CALL TO OFFERING Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

Creator God, you are our provider. We offer all that we have and all that we are to you, because we belong to you. Bless these gifts and empower us, your church, that through the work of your Spirit we may be a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm, and shade from the heat. Through Christ our shield and stronghold. 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





You are invited to join the zoom meeting for fellowship time.



    • 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.

    • SOCKTOBER – In honor of Dr. Chuck Hannemann, one of Riviera’s greatest champions for the Socktober Challenge:We need your help!Throughout the month of October, the Mission Committee of Riviera Presbyterian Church challenges its congregation and Mission Partners to collect 400 pairs of white cotton socks by October 31st.Miami Dade’s homeless community has made it clear that socks are one of their greatest needs. So, we will be of service to our neighbors by providing them with socks! These socks will be distributed to individuals without stable shelter in Miami-Dade County via the Camillus House.Please, encourage your family members, friends, and co-workers to each donate at least one pair.Socks may be shipped to the church at 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143


      • Download and print this form. Bring it with you for each participant.
      • RSVP on Eventbrite first for each participant.
      • Wear a mask.
      • Bring your own chair.
      • Arrive a little early for check-in.

MISSION AT THE MOVIES:  Mission@TheMovies – October 28th at 6:30pm use the link below to register for the Zoom Discussion. Unpack the important role that clean water, education, nutrition, and empowered women play in ending hunger

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

RIVIERA 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, Ye Thankful People, Come
    Public Domain. Text: Henry Alford, 1844, alt.  Music: George Job Elvey, 1858.

  • 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.

  • Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
    Public Domain. Text: Joachim Neander, 1680; trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Music: Stralsund Ernewerten Gesangbuch, 1665; harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863

  • Come! Live in the Light!
    Detail: David Haas Tune: © 1988, GIA Publications, Inc. Type: Words and Music

  • Why Should I Feel Discouraged?
    Public Domain. Text: Civilla Durgee Martin, 1905. Music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905

Copyright (c) 2020 Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami FL


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