HELPFUL LINKS FOR THIS WEEK:
- Download today’s Bulletin: Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script January 24, 2021 (PDF)
- Watch the video on Youtube or above. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 37 minutes.
- When the video finishes, join Zoom at 11:45 a.m.: (Zoom ID 829 1129 7119 pw 056833)
- Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern
- Register to participate in “MISSION:SDG” conversation on Jan. 27: https://bit.ly/missionsdg
Sunday January 24, 2021
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!
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.
OPENING HYMN –
CHIMING OF THE HOUR and WELCOMING THE LIGHT
GREETINGS – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
CALL TO WORSHIP — Bryan Page
One: We have come to worship God. Let us come with humility.
All: We offer all that we are, knowing that we need God’s Spirit to be what we ought to be.
One: We have come to worship God. Let us come with expectation.
All: In the Divine Presence there is light for our darkness and purpose in our striving. Praise be to God!
CALL TO CONFESSION – Kathy Stults & Karen Moyer
If we claim to be sinless, we are self-deceived and strangers to the truth.
If we confess our sins, God is just and may be trusted to forgive our sins and cleanse us from every kind of wrong. Let us admit our sins before God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Sometimes, O God, your word is too much for us. You ask us to love our enemies, when we can scarcely love our friends as we should. You ask us to give when we want to take, and to forgive when we want to nurse bitterness. We thank you that you accept us as we are, and that you show us what we can be. Help us to believe that we can be loving, just, and holy like you; through the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.
Anyone in Christ is of the new creation; Old things have passed away and all things are new. Friends: Believe the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
CHILDREN’S SERMON Anna Rosas
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Bryan Page
Lord, help us to keep our focus on you. Speak to us your word, O God, that we may hear your call to discipleship and follow where you lead. Amen.
- Hymn 661 — “Why Should I Feel Discouraged?” (His Eye is on the Sparrow)
- Jonah 3:1-5
Conversion of Nineveh
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying,
“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.
Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
SERMON — Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
- ‘Can We Actually Not Answer God’s Call?’
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER – Michelle Garcia & Stephanie Godoy
God of new visions, we pray for our country and its new president and for all people highly placed in power, that they may focus their eyes on you.
And we pray for the lowly victims of power, that they may also focus their eyes on you.
We pray for those who bless with their lips but curse with their mouths, including ourselves.
We pray for those who are ill, who have COVID and recuperating and for those who are facing the end of life. Give them the gift of prayer, that they may pour out their hearts to you.
We pray for the church and its leaders, that we may hear and respond to
your call to be your faithful servants and disciples of Jesus Christ, 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.
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
- You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at www.rivierachurch.org and clicking on the GIVE button
- You may download the free Give+ app (iOS & Android)
- You may consider setting up online payment via your bank bill pay program.
- 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
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION – Rev. Martha Shiverick
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.
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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
CELEBRATE END OF 75th ANNIVERSARY YEAR – February 7
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.
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- Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Hymn 620. Public Domain
- All Things Bright and Beautiful
Hymn 20. Harmonization. #53884 Type: Music. Contributors: John Ribble Tune: © 1983, Presbyterian Publishing/Westminster John Knox/Geneva Press
- “Why Should I Feel Discouraged?” (His Eye is on the Sparrow)
Anthem. Hymn 661. – Public Domain
- God of the Sparrow
Hymn 22. #05148 Type: Words; First Line: God of the sparrow Contributors: Jaroslav J. Vajda Text: © 1983, Concordia Publishing House <
- Bulletin Cover Image
“Jonah Swallowed” on display at The Cleveland Museum of Art.