Sunday Worship Service for February 14, 2021

Worship Sunday February 14, 2021

Good Morning and 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!

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  1. Download today’s Bulletin: Riviera Presbyterian Church Bulletin Script February 14, 2021 (PDF)
  2. Watch the video on Youtube or above. The premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video duration is 35 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. See a list of Lenten Season activities, devotionals and classes for Feb. 17 to April 1. Easter Sunday is April 4th.







GREETINGS — Rev. Martha Shiverick

CALL TO WORSHIP — Carol Thompson

One: The Glory of God transfigures the everyday!

All: The light of God transfigures familiar faces!

One: At the heights of our worship, may God’s presence shine through the commonplace.

All: At the depths of our pain and struggle, may God’s presence give us courage and peace.

One: May God’s light, shining in the face of Christ, illumine all our days!

All: Let us worship God!


God alone is righteous; God alone is perfect; God alone is judge. And yet, this holy righteous God comes to us in love, to save us. Rejoicing in God’s abundant grace, let us confess our sin.


God of mercy and hope, we confess we come with mixed thoughts and uncertain dreams. We could not meet our daily needs without the labor of others, yet we take them for granted. We are offended by slight offenses or oversights against us and hardly consider our neglect of others.

We know we could not sense the beauty or meaning of life without your Spirit, yet we have not noticed signs of the eternal in the ordinary moments of our lives.

We have not allowed our habits and perceptions to be transfigured by the glory of your grace and presence.

Grant for us a taste of your love so we may acquire an appetite for justice and a capacity for fulfillment.

Sharpen our hunger and thirst for you, O Christ. Amen.


Our God comes and does not keep silence; God speaks to us with grace and love, saying: You are my beloved child. This is the good news of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and restored to new life.





Mighty God, stay with us always, as we worship and as we share the risk and challenge of living out our faith. By your powerful Spirit, make your Message real to us in the reading of the Scriptures and the preaching of your Word, so that our fear turn to courage and our confusion to confidence. Shine in our hearts and lives as we praise your name. Amen.


    • O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art)

SCRIPTURE –– Carol Thompson

    • Mark 9: 2-9          

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 

and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one[a] on earth could bleach them. 

And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 

He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved;[c] listen to him!” 

Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

SERMON — Rev. Martha Shiverick

    • ‘Looking Under the Surface for the True Person’

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER –– Stevie Padilla and Shane and Niklas Swords

One: Mighty and merciful one, you have come to us in glory; now we come to you in prayer, saying

All: Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask.

One: We pray for your glorious creation…

Stamp out irresponsible usage,

drive away clouds of pollution,

and restore the beauty of this world.

All: Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask.

One: We pray for the leaders of all nations but particularly our country at this time when transitions of power continue to take place.

Show the nation your vision of justice,

offer the leaders your mantle of wisdom,

and give the people your blessing of peace.

All: Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask.

One: We pray for our world still gripped in the COVID pandemic.

Heal those who are sick, comfort those who are suffering, and receive the dying into your arms. Help us to understand the moral imperative to get vaccines to all your children everywhere.

All: Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask. 

One: We pray for those whom we love…

Bless our families, friends, and our church family, help them in times of trouble, and make your close presence felt when they are afraid. 

All: Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask.

And now let us pray in the manner Jesus taught us, praying:

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. 




Gracious God, we give you thanks for the light and love around us and the fire of faith within us. As we go forth from this place let our lives reflect the One who is the image of your glory: Jesus Christ, the light of the world..



The Act of Gratitude

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    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



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.


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.

MISSION:SDG – Learn more about this Zoom event series here. The next night of Mission:SDG is February 24th at 6:30 pm. RSVP here on Eventbrite.

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.


  •  O Wondrous Sight, O Vision FairHymn 189. Public Domain

  • God Welcomes All Hymn 399. #72484  Contributors: John Bell Text: © 2008, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG

  • O Lord My God – How Great Thou Art Hymn 635. Detail: Stuart K. Hine Tune: © 1949, 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust CIO. All rights in the USA its territories and possessions, except print rights, administered by Capitol CMG Publishing. USA, North and Central American print rights and all Canadian and South American rights administered by Hope Publishing Company. All other North and Central American rights administered by the Stuart Hine Trust CIO. Rest of the world rights administered by Integrity Music Europe. Type: Words and Music

  • Shine Jesus Shine / Lord the Light of Your LoveHymn 192.  Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music Contributors: Graham Kendrick


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Rev. Martha ShiverickSunday Worship Service for February 14, 2021