Sunday Worship Service for January 17, 2021

Direct Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q5b2E04J3w

HELPFUL LINKS FOR THIS WEEK:

  1. Download today’s Bulletin: Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script January 17, 2021 (PDF)
  2. Watch the video on Youtube or above. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 43 minutes.
  3. When the video finishes, join Zoom at 11:45 a.m..:  (Zoom ID 829 1129 7119 pw 056833)
  4. Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern
  5. Register to participate in “MISSION:SDG” conversation on Jan. 27:  https://bit.ly/missionsdg 

BULLETIN

The colors of our skin are Your design

Worship Sunday January 17, 2021
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
SUNDAY

Good Morning!

Good Morning! Welcome to Riviera’s worship service. We’re delighted that you are connecting with us today; even when we’re physically apart, the Holy Spirit unites us as one community!

Let us know you worshiped with us this morning by filling out the Friendship Form.

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. Don’t forget to keep checking our various social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GATHERING

OPENING HYMN – 

CHIMING OF THE HOUR and WELCOMING THE LIGHT

GREETINGS – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO WORSHIP — Ruth Admire

Lord, where shall we find the courage to envisage a new beginning?

Out of the depths, Creator God, we come to you.

In our confusion we cry to you… and suddenly comes exciting news. You, who abide in heaven in heavenly realms, you have come to us! You have not considered the smallness of our planet or the ephemeral nature of our lives.

It is grace — pure, unlimited grace!

Our human predicament you have made yours,

and now you announce a new morning, a new beginning,

And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

See, I am making all things new.

CALL TO CONFESSION — Michele Ready

Too often our hearts are cold and without gratitude.

Too often our hands are passive and unwilling to carry out acts if mercy. Too often our lips are pursed tightly, unwilling to carry out acts of love. Too often we are separated and alienated from our better self, separated and alienated from God.

Let us confess our separation and alienation, Let us join together in the Prayer of Confession.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O God, we bear the imprint of Your face: the colors of our skin are Your design, and what we have of beauty in our race as human beings, You alone define. You created us and stretched a living fabric on our frame and gave to each a language and a name.

Where we are torn and pulled apart by hate because of our race, or that our skin is not the same and when we are judged unequal by others, You are dishonored, O God, and we are reduced to little worth.

All too often we are blind to our complicity in maintaining systems of

oppression. Give us the courage to name our sin, give us the strength to claim our responsibility for our actions. Give us the grace to pay the price for changing our behavior. Through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

God says to us, “You are my chosen ones. I love you, I am proud of you. Stand firm in your renewed commitment.

Know that I have forgiven you; I will call you by name; you are mine.

I have entered into covenant with you and will stand by you in all times and all places. Dare to live fully the life to which I have called you.

Friends: Believe the good news of the Gospel:  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and restored to new life.

CHILDREN’S SERMON — Anna Rosas

CHILDREN’S SONG 

THE WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Susan & Ruth Admire

Shine upon us, God of glory, and by your Spirit reveal to us the grace and truth about Jesus Christ, your word made flesh. Amen.

CHORAL ANTHEM

    • Hymn #339: “We Shall Overcome”

SCRIPTURE — Ruth Admire

    • James 2:14-26

Faith without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters,[a] if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. 20 Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is

barren? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. 23 Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another

road? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

SERMON – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘MLK Day in our BLM World’

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER – Vivian & John German
(adapted from The Prayers to Eliminate Racism from the Augustinian Secretariat for Justice and Peace)

For an end to discrimination in all its forms, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That each person may be respected and valued as a child of God, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That the church may be a witness and a universal sign of unity among all peoples, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That each of us may acknowledge our part in mistakes and sins of the past pertaining to discrimination and racism, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

For a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation among peoples who share a history of mutual mistrust, hatred or aggression, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That the victims of racial prejudice may forgive those who persecute them, and that their persecutors man have a change of heart, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That the church will continue to strive to make every element of human life correspond to the true dignity of the human person, we pray:

Lord of all nations. hear our prayer.

That we may work to influence the attitudes of others by expressly rejecting racial or ethnic stereotypes, slurs and jokes, and be affirming of cultural contributions of every racial and ethnic and religious group in our world, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That we may make a personal commitment to abolish social structures which inhibit economic, educational, and social advancement of the poor, we pray:

Lord of all nations, hear our prayer.

That we may work for decent working conditions, adequate income, housing, education, and healthcare for all people. 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. Missy Shiverick

CALL TO OFFERING – Rev. Missy Shiverick

We give you thanks, God of all creation, for the power of your life-giving Word, making the winds blow and the waters flow. Receive these gifts: our offerings and tithes, and use them to bring peace and blessing to all your children; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

INVITATION TO GIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS

The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at www.rivierachurch.org 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

DOXOLOGY

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

BENEDICTION AND CLOSING – Rev. Martha Shiverick

CLOSING HYMN


Thank you for worshipping at Riviera today. Please take a moment fill out the Friendship Form on our website and share any prayer requests or joys which will be sent to our pastoral care team.

NOTES

    • 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 every 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

MISSION:SDG – Learn more about this Zoom event series here. First night of Mission:SDG is January 27th at 6:30 pm. RSVP here on Eventbrite for each monthly event.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Coming January 24th
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – Watch for soup kit before February 6. Share your results in Zoom on February 7.

CELEBRATE END OF 75th ANNIVERSARY YEAR – February 7

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 17 is the first day of Lent. We’ll help you participate safely. More info soon. The season of Lent this year runs through Easter on April 4th.

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.


COPYRIGHT NOTICES

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.

COPYRIGHT © 2021 RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. All rights reserved.

  • All are Welcome
    Marty Haugen Tune: © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc. Type: Words and Music 

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful – harmonization
    #53884 Type: Music. Contributors: John Ribble Tune: © 1983, Presbyterian Publishing/Westminster John Knox/Geneva Press

  • We Shall Overcome
    Text and music: Traditional. Contributors: Unknown Traditional, Traditional

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing:
    Public Domain 

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