Sunday Worship Service for October 25, 2020

  1. DOWNLOAD the Bulletin PDF now:
    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script October 25, 2020 (PDF)
  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 34 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)
  4. FAITH IN ACTIONLet us know 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 25, 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


One: O Lord, strengthen our faith.
All: Kindle it more in ferventness and love towards you, and our neighbors, for your sake.
One: O Lord, do not let us receive your word in vain,
All: But grant us the assistance of your grace and Holy Spirit, that in heart, word, and deed, we may sanctify and worship your name.
One: Let us worship God!
—John Knox (c.1513-1572)

CALL TO CONFESSION —  Mary and Stephen Sapp

O Lord Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Do not let us stray from you, the Way, nor to distrust you, the Truth, nor rest in anything other than you, the Life. Amen.

—Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536)


Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.

I am weak in the faith; strengthen me. I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor. I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and are unable to trust you altogether. O Lord, Help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you. In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have. I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor. I am a sinner, you are upright. With me there is an abundance of sin; in you there is the fullness of righteousness. Therefore I will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give. Amen.

—Martin Luther (1483-1546)


Almighty and gracious God, since our whole salvation stands in our knowledge of your holy word, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, that our hearts may be freed from the chains of sin, so that we may hear and receive your word, recognizing your gracious will for us. Teach us by scripture to love and serve you with delight, praising and glorifying you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

—John Calvin (1509-1564)




PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Michelle Garcia and Stephanie Godoy

Living God, by the power of your Spirit, help us so to hear your holy word that we may truly understand; that, understanding, we may believe; and believing, we may follow in faithfulness and obedience. Seeking your honor and glory in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

—Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531)


    • Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

SCRIPTURE READING — Michelle Garcia and Stephanie Godoy

    • Matthew 22:34-46

SERMON — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘The Greatest Commandment’



Merciful God, through the mouth of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

you said to us, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” We respond to your divine command, O Lord, and sincerely beseech you to richly bestow the Holy Spirit on these your servants and all of us who are called to your ministry

that we, with great multitude, may be your evangelists, true and steadfast against evil. So may your name be hallowed, your kingdom come, and your will be done. hear this our prayer through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns throughout eternity.

—Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560)


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


Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all that I have and all that I possess. You gave it all to me, Lord; I give it all back to you. Do with it as you will, according to your good pleasure. Amen.

—Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)


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

STEWARDSHIP MINUTE — Karen Collier, Pastoral Care Committee

    • We Are Called To Be the Light

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick



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

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.


A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Public Domain

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

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

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
Public Domain

Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord
Public Domain

Copyright (c) 2020 Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami FL


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