Sunday Worship Service for November 1, 2020 with Communion

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    Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script November 1, 2020 (PDF)
  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 42 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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Worship Sunday November 1, 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

COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

Today we remember and give thanks for the lives of those who have died this past year. We do so in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. We also affirm our belief in the communion of the saints, the spiritual presence of the departed that encourages us until the day of glad reunion where we shall greet them face to face.

Riviera Presbyterian Church Ruling Elders

Henry Barrow
Chuck Hannemann

Family and Friends

Marco Cardenas
Diego Carrera
Eladio Marcelino Ceballo
Luis Enrique Guaman
Yolanda Medellin Herrera
Daniel Peter Losada
Darleen MacDonell
Rodrigo Mendieta
Michael Avery Poler
Diego Brito Rojas
George Stelle
Kenia Varas
Juan F Perez Vega
Milanka Verdes
Ruben Verdes
Roger S. Welton

The over one million people who have died from the Coronavirus Epidemic this year.

Our other loved ones who have entered into the church triumphant.


O Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.

Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP — Mimi Sutherland

One: We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints.
All: They have completed their physical lives here on earth.
One: Some have touched us personally, others we celebrate because of the way their lives have made this world a richer and more loving place.
All: But all have affected our world. All have been examples of lives of wholeness, of love, and of charity.
One: We celebrate the saints who have come before us, who are with us now, and who will be sent to serve after we are gone.
All: God, we celebrate these persons and their lives and thank you for the gift each of them is to us.
One: Let us worship God!


In the face of God’s goodness we recognize our failings.
Hungry for God’s mercy, let us tell the truth about our lives, that we might receive grace in time of need.


God, you send us saints… and we imprison them, or nail them on crosses. Have mercy.
God, you send us saints… and we persuade ourselves that they are fools, or meddlers. Have mercy.
God, you send us saints… and we hate them for reminding us that our comfort requires the poverty of others. Have mercy.
God, you send us saints… and we ignore them. Have mercy


God’s word to us is a word of forgiveness, a word of assurance, a word of grace. We are loved and accepted because we are we and God is God and nothing can finally separate us from our Creator, our Parent, and our Sustainer. Amen.




In your word, O God, show us heaven. By your spirit, show us truth;
Because it is through the Living Word that we see and know you. Amen.


    • Rejoice in God’s Saints

SCRIPTURE READING –– Mimi Sutherland

    • Matthew 5:1-12

SERMON – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘Blessed are You Who Have Loved’



In life and in death you bless us, O God.
When trouble overwhelms us, you save us.
When sorrow overtakes us, you comfort us.
When death overcomes us, you overcome death and raise us to new life.
You call us your children and bestow upon us such great love.
You promise us joy everlasting
and even now in this pandemic and insecure time, you give us glad hope and glimpses of your realm which is to come.
We give you thanks and pray in the manner in which you taught us


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 — Barbara Overton, co-chair, Mission Committee

    • We Are Called To Be the Light


Please join us now on zoom to participate in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper | Meeting ID 829-1129-7119 Password 056833


Prepare a space for communion.
Light a candle and place it on your table,
with bread and a cup filled with wine or grape juice.
Add any other items (Bible or cross) that will make your table a spiritual and holy place.




    1. Prepare a space for communion.
    2. Light a candle and place it on your table
    3. With bread and a cup filled with wine or grape juice add any other items (bible or cross) that will make your table a spiritual and holy place.


Let us pray.

God, we ask you to be present with us as we meet knowing that you transcend our physical distance from one another. We celebrate this All Saints’ Day knowing that you are not tied to time or space. You part the veil between us as we come together to share your holy meal. We know that we are only a computer or phone screen apart from each other and that through this sacrament we are your body when we are physically distanced or together. We acknowledge that the mystery of communion is that as we share this meal, we do so with you and with all people both the living and the dead. Amen.


At Riviera Church we practice open communion. You need not be a member of Riviera or any church to share in this sacramental meal.

Communion is a tactile, sensory experience where we symbolically serve a meal that has been handed down to us from the ancient Hebrews at their Passover Table and adapted by Jesus as he shared his last meal with his disciples. You are invited to participate in this communion in any way that fits your faith journey at this time. Taste the love that we share together even in this time of worshipping online.


One: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts!
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

God, we thank you for this holy time, when even though we are separated by space out of our love and respect for each other, we have the ability to come together in other ways. We still feel bonded to each other and called to your ministry. You have called us to be your church, your body, your hands and heart, and although we dearly miss being physically together, we hear you calling us to ministries outside our church building in the world you have created. We thank you that within this pandemic we have learned to appreciate the little things you have given us in the beauty of the blue sky, the majesty of a sunrise or sunset, and the love we have within our families, our church, and our friends.

Through your son Jesus, we have learned the great power of love and forgiveness. We live using Christ’s life and teachings of loving others as our model. And because of this we raise up our personal prayers to you at this time. Be with our community, those who are healthy and those who pray for healing. We pray for those who are grieving the death of loved ones in our community and in the greater community as well. Be with us and comfort us in this time of upheaval caused by the COVID virus, the economic downturn, and those who are feeling the pain of the institutional racism which also is a virus in our society. We ask that we be your arms, your hands, doing your work on earth and bringing your creation to shalom.

We thank you, God, for the gift of your Holy Spirit which brings us such comfort and allows us to know that you are always with us and we are held in your love now and always.

Heavenly Creator, we thank you for these gifts of bread and wine which are at my table and also at the tables within each of our homes. May the bread and wine be for us a holy and spiritual meal where we feel your presence and remember with great thanksgiving Elder Dr. Charles Hannemann and Elder Henry Barrow who served this church well and the others we love who are now resting in your arms and care. Amen.




As we gather at your table on line, able to be together from literally anywhere in the world, we pray that we also may be one in your Spirit. Knead us together in one loaf. Free us from jealousy ad selfish ambition; unite us in mission and service to those in need everywhere. May we sow righteousness and harvest peace as Jesus taught us. Unite your church throughout the world in your sacred work of love and servanthood that your holy realm may come to be our reality. 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.

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: Peanut Butter, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Granola Bars, Canned Soup, Tuna, Veggies and Fruit, 1 lb rice bags, Dried beans, Boxed Mac and CheeseDonations 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.


For All the Saints
Hymn 326. Type: Words and Music; First Line: For all the saints, who from their labors rest. Text: 10 10 10 with alleluias; William W. How, 1823-1897, alt. Music: The English Hymnal, 1906; Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958. Contributors: SINE NOMINE, Ralph  Vaughan Williams, William How. Public Domain.

Siyahamba/We Are Marching In the Light of God
Hymn 845. #65063 Type: Words and Music; First Line: We Are Marching In the Light of God. Contributors: Anders Nyberg

Rejoice in God’s Saints
#02688 List Type: Words; First Line: Rejoice in God’s saints today and all days! Contributors: Fred Pratt Green Text: © 1973, 1980 Hope Publishing Company

Come! Live in the Light!
Hymn 749. Detail: David Haas Tune: © 1988, GIA Publications, Inc. Type: Words and Music

My Life Flows On
Hymn 821. Text & Music: Robert Lowry, 1869 Public Domain

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Robertson AdamsSunday Worship Service for November 1, 2020 with Communion