Sunday Worship Service for October 18, 2020

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  1. DOWNLOAD the Bulletin PDF now:
    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script October 18, 2020 (PDF)
  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 37 minutes.
  3. HOLY GROUNDS:  When the video finishes playing, please join our call on Zoom at 11:45 a.m.:  (Zoom meeting ID 829 1129 7119 password 056833)
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  5. FRIENDSHIP FORM:  Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern


Worship Sunday October 18, 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.

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WELCOME – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick


Leader Today we are worshiping God!
All: Let us Worship our Creator.
Leader: The God who connects us all; different peoples, different lives, different histories. Please join us in worshiping God.
All: We give you thanks for creating diversity in all, in this church today.
Leader: We will give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart; We will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
All: We will be glad and exult in you; We will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Leader: Let us praise God.
All: Amen


Though our sins are like darkness there shall be light.
“Though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Though they are like shadows they shall be illuminated.
We show gratitude towards you gracious God.


Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love, in your great tenderness wipe away my offences; wash me thoroughly from my guilt, purify me from my sin.

For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in my mind. Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgment, remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception. But you delight in sincerity of heart, and in secret you teach me wisdom. God, create in me a clean heart, renew within me a resolute spirit, do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness. Give me back the joy of your salvation.

Merciful God forgive our sins that are like scarlet shall they be as white as snow and empower us to strive anew to make our world a place in which your loving peace abounds.

(Brief silence of confession)

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


Hear the Good News!
Do not fear, says the Lord, for I have redeemed you.
You are renewed.
You are loved.
You are embraced.
You are forgiven.
Believe this Gospel and go forth to live in peace. Live in the sure hope of God’s promise.
Thanks be to God Amen.




Lord, open our hearts and our minds so that your Scripture is read and your Word is proclaimed. May we be guided into your truth and may we hear with joy what you say. Amen.

CHORAL ANTHEM Fabian Carrera – Guitarist

    • “March of the Christians”

SCRIPTURE READING — Lexi and Bridget

    • Matthew 22:15-22

SERMON — Anna Rosas

    • Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s



Let us unite our hearts in prayer, saying merciful God, Hear our prayer.
God, we pray for our church;

We pray for Gage and Dani, who are away in the military, may you be with them and keep them safe.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

We give thanks to you, for the strong fellowship we have online but look forward to when we can get together again.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God we pray for the local community;
We pray that you help us to continue RBG’s legacy that you give us confidence in doing good works just like she did.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

We pray that you be with the kids and teachers that must adapt and be patient
while trying to do school online.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God, we pray for all in the world;
May you help them seek a better perspective, a perspective that shows everyone as equal and, may we embrace the difference we do have.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you be with those fighting the corona and may you watch over them. Keep us all safe and healthy.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you help those experiencing natural disasters and be with us as we go through the hurricane season.
Merciful God, Hear our prayer.

Make your presence known through our loving and caring acts as we support others in their need so that no one feels alone or unloved.

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 — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick


Let us give thanks to the Lord with all our being. In the company of the upright, let us honor God for the blessings and goodness we have received. —based on Psalm 111:1


The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at and clicking on the GIVE button
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    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

STEWARDSHIP MINUTE — Kathy Stults and Susan Mazzola, Co-Chairs Discipleship Committee




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


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      • Wear a mask.
      • Bring your own chair.
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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 performed and 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.


I Danced in the Morning

Contributors: Sydney Carter.  Tune: Adapt. by Carter; © 1963, Stainer & Bell, Ltd., London, England. (admin. by Hope Publishing Co.) Text: (c) 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Co.)

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

March of the Christians
Written for guitar by the Ecuadorian composer Julio Mosquera. Performed with permission of the composer.

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

God Be with You Till We Meet Again
#95042 List Type: Words and Music; First Line: God Be with You Till We Meet Again Contributors: Public Domain

Copyright (c) 2020 Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami FL


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