Sunday Worship Service for February 7, 2021

5th SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY and Conclusion of 75th Anniversary Year
FOLLOWED BY
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
SOUPER BOWL
HOLY GROUNDS ZOOM CALL WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Good Morning! Welcome to Riviera’s worship service. We’re delighted that you are connecting with us today in our digital sacred space; 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 located on our website’s home page, www.rivierachurch.org. 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, for up-to-date information, find us @RivieraChurch


HELPFUL LINKS FOR THIS WEEK:

  1. Download today’s Bulletin: Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script February 7, 2021 (PDF)
  2. Watch the video on Youtube or above. The premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 39.5 minutes.
  3. When the video finishes, join the Sacrament of Communion on Zoom at 11:45 a.m. Please turn on your camera and mute your microphone.  (Zoom ID 829 1129 7119 pw 056833)
  4. Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern

GATHERING

OPENING HYMN – 

CHIMING OF THE HOUR and WELCOMING THE LIGHT

GREETINGS – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO WORSHIP – Lexi

Have we not known? have we not heard?
Has it not been told to us since the beginning?
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Let us worship God!

CALL TO CONFESSION – Jackie

We fool ourselves if we think
that our ways are hidden from God.
Therefore let us confess our sin,
trusting in the mercy of God, our Maker.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (from Psalm 145)

God, you are everlasting,
the creator of all that is.
Your understanding is beyond measure.
We confess to you that we have
sinned against you and our neighbors.
In your compassion, forgive us,
for we place our hope in your steadfast love.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

This is the good news of Jesus Christ.
We can stand before God, not through our own goodness,
but through God’s great kindness to us.
Rejoice and be glad, for God comes to you!

CHILDREN’S SERMON – Anna Rosas and Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton

CHILDREN’S HYMN

THE WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION – Lexi

Holy God, speak to us
what has been told from the beginning,
that your Word is the foundation of the world.
Help us to hear your message in this morning’s scripture lesson
so that we might reach out to many with your good news.
Amen.

ANTHEM – Riviera Chancel Choir with Dr. Walter Busse

    • “Verily, I Say Unto Thee” by Dr. Walter Busse

SCRIPTURE – Luke

    • Isaiah 40:21-31

SERMON – Rev. Martha Shiverick

    • ‘Soaring on Eagles Wings’

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER – Morgan, Dustin, and Dylan

God, as we end the 75th anniversary year of our church, we do so with prayers of thanksgiving for the past, with prayers of excitement for the present, and with prayers of anticipation for the future ministries to which you will call us.

God, we thank you for the good people who followed your call to discipleship and formed Riviera Presbyterian Church and led and shaped a ministry working for justice and equality for all people.  We are grateful that you have called us to care for all of your creation and to be your heart and hands in South Florida demonstrating unconditional love.  We give thanks for the former pastors, the former members, and the saints of this church now resting with you.

God, we pray for our church today. We thank you that you did not abandon us in this pandemic, but called us to stay a community that meets the needs of our congregation, community, and your whole creation.  We thank you for the staff at Riviera, the session, and the many volunteers who follow your call to ministry.  As you have placed us at the epic-center of an environmental crisis, we ask that you guide us as to be good stewards of your creation.  We thank you for all who participate in the Food Pantry Ministry so that we might help the food insecure, the collection of socks for the homeless, and for calling us to not be afraid to voice concerns over issues like gun safety, immigration, and human rights.  We thank you for calling us into a partnership with Francis Tucker Elementary School so that we can make a difference in a young student’s education.  And we thank you for calling us to minister to our selves in creating a caring and loving environment where all can experience the joy of Christian community.

And God, we look forward to the future, confident that you will continue to call us as a people to live an ethic of love as we work to bring about your realm on earth.  So we pray in the manner that Jesus 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 Shiverick

CALL TO OFFERING – Rev. Martha Shiverick

We give thanks to you, O God,
by giving our gifts, our tithes and our offerings.
We sing to you with thanksgiving,
making melody with our praise.
Use these gifts to spread your Good News near and far,
And to share your love with all creation. 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

INVITATION TO COMMUNION – Rev. Martha Shiverick

INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO COMMUNION
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.

HYMN IN PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION

 [VIDEO ENDS HERE] 


As we go into the Zoom Communion Service,
please keep your camera on and your mic on mute. 

PRAYER OF PREPARATION – Rev. Martha Shiverick

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. You are not tied to time or space and 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 and that through this sacrament we are your body whether physically distanced or together. Amen.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

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.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

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. You have called us to be your church, your body, your hands and heart, and although we dearly miss our community, within this virus we realize that you call us to ministry outside our church building in the world you have created.

Through your son Jesus, we have learned the great power of love and forgiveness.
We live using Christ’s life and ministries of caring for others as our model.
With the power of the Holy Spirit we have answered your call and been
your body called Riviera for the past 75 years.
We have been your voice, your hands and your heart working for justice and reconciliation.
We welcome all to our community.

And we thank you that 75 years later, you still call. You send us to befriend the lost,
to serve the poor,
to reconcile our enemies,
and share your message of unconditional love and acceptance to a hurting world.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours.

Heavenly Creator, we thank you for these gifts of bread and wine which are at my table and also at the tables of our homes. May they be for us a holy and spiritual meal where we feel your presence. May they feed us to continue the ministry of Riviera that others started before us. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE COMMUNION

THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Loving and gracious God, from east and west,

from north and south,

you have gathered us at your table, called us your beloved, and fed us.

Transform us to be your body for the world, and fortify us by your Spirit,

so that we may serve you and our neighbors with great joy. Amen.

BENEDICTION

    • The Lord Bless You And Keep You

The Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
Amen, amen.

May God bless you and keep you;
may God lift her countenance upon you, and give you peace;
may God make her face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
Amen, amen.


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  Password: 2708.

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.

  • Arise, Your Light Is Come, #07293 Contributors: Ruth Duck Text: © 1992, GIA Publications, Inc. 
  • God Welcomes All, #72484 Contributors: John Bell Text: © 2008, GIA/Iona  Community / WGRG
  • Verily, I Say Unto Thee – Hymn Copyright © 2020 by Dr. Walter G Busse
  • You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord/On Eagle’s Wings #80468 Text: Based on Psalm 91. Text and music © 1979, OCP. All rights reserved. Contributors: Michael Joncas
  • The Lord Bless You And Keep You —  Public Domain
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