Easter Worship Service for April 4, 2021

APRIL 4, 2021

Christ has risen! Christ has risen indeed!

Good morning and welcome to Riviera’s Easter worship. We are an Easter people! We live with the knowledge that we are loved and are God’s both now and in life everlasting. Thank you for connecting with us in our digital sacred space united in community.

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GREETINGS Rev. Martha Shiverick


Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed
God is alive…
New birth is given.
Hope is alive…
A new age is dawning. Joy is alive… Redemption is here.
Love is alive…
Death cannot harm us.
We are alive…
New life is within us.
God’s spirit is within us.
God of life, we worship you. God of creation, we praise you.
God of revelation, we learn from you.
God of resurrection, we are here to celebrate you.

EASTER PRAYER — Dr. Walter Busse

Powerful and loving God, you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God, raise us too. May fresh life burst among us like buds awakening to the spring. May shells of distrust and self-hatred, which keep us from loving, be broken away so that new life can emerge. May new community spring up where fear has kept us from the stranger. Keep us patient in making peace and building justice. Teach us to trust the slow process from seed to stem, from stem to flower, from flower to fruit. Breath on us with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ. Amen.



    • “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”


PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton

Living God, with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word. Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we may proclaim the Good News of eternal and abundant life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING NRSV — Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton

JOHN 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,[b] “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

STATEMENT OF FAITH — Rev. Dr. David Welton

    • A Brief Statement of Faith (7-26, 77-79)

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God. Preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives. Teaching by word and deed and blessing the children. Healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.


    • “Christ Is Alive”

SERMONRev. Martha Shiverick

    • ‘Rebirth and Resurrection in Easter 2021’


    • Hymn 238: “Thine Is the Glory”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER — Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton and Rev. Dr. David Welton

Eternal God, we praise you that your glory has dawned on us and brought us to this Day of Resurrection. We rejoice that the grave could not hold your Son, and that he has conquered death, risen to rule over all powers of this earth. We praise you that he summons us into a new life, to follow him with joy and gladness. By your spirit, lift us from doubt and despair, and set our feet in Christ’s holy way, that our lives may be signs of his life, and all we have may show forth his love. So, you send us out to be Christ’s love to the world, so we pray that you be with us as we continue to share love and acceptance to all and to work for justice and a day when your realm will be on earth.

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 kin-dom 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 kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS- Rev. Martha Shiverick

Be in the Know read the bulletin and see what opportunities for ministry you are interested in making a connection with.

CALL TO OFFERING-– Rev. Martha Shiverick

Wonderful, amazing God, we thank you that you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead, bringing us promise of new life. With the dawning of this new day, may we awake to new opportunities to love and serve you and witness to Christ whom you have raised. Use us, and our gifts, to your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at www.rivierachurch.org/give and clicking on the GIVE button or use the scan me code below with your phone camera.
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    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.

The 2021 Per Capita is $37 per member. Each church is asked to pay this annual apportionment. If you would like to help us defray the cost, we welcome your donation. You may donate online https://www.rivierachurch.org/give under Per Capita.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
raise God, ye hosts in heaven above;
Praise God, the Trinity of Love. Amen




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A slash pine tree will be planted at Goulds Park this month for each dedication.

• In Loving Memory of Henry Barrow
• In Loving Memory of Earl Scherer (father)
• In Loving Memory of Betsy Scherer (mother) In Loving Memory of Steve Scherer (brother) In Loving Memory of Glenn Scherer (brother)
–– From Sandy Barrow

• In Loving Memory of Chuck Hannemann
–– From Bonnie Hannemann

• In Loving Memory of Eugene & Amparo Picciano
• In Loving Memory of Frederick H Winterkamp.
• In Honor of Lucy Mandry Winterkamp.
• In Celebration of the marriage on 2/22/2021 of Brian Picciano and Kelly Dutton – may they and the trees Live Long and Prosper.
– From Karen Picciano

• In Honor of Adams and Enchelmayer Family.
• In Honor of Michele’s parents David and Carol Ready, and visiting brother Jim.
• In gratitude for all cats, everywhere!
– From Adams – Ready Family.

• In Loving Memory of Rev. C. Richard Stults In Loving Memory of Bud & Betty Wilcox
–– From Karen Moyer & Kathy Stults

• In Honor of our grandchildren
–– From Vivian and John German

• In Loving Memory of our parents: Chester & Patricia Noga
• Roger & Barbara Welton
— From Rosemary Noga Welton and David Welton

• In Loving Memory of Virginia Murray
–– From Robert Murray & Barbara Overton

• In Loving Memory of Tom Overton
–– From Barbara Overton and Robert Murray

• To the Glory of God
–– From Janet Peterson

• To the Glory of God
–– From The Fouche Family

• To the Glory of God
–– From Ellen Anderson

• In Loving Memory of my mother Martha E. Grabner
–– From Missy Shiverick

• In Loving Memory of Jae Lardner Sweeny
–– From Missy Shiverick

In Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Susan Mazzola, Clerk of Session
–– From Missy Shiverick

In Loving Memory of my Abuelo Arturo
–– From Nicole Prieto

In Loving Memory of my uncle Lito Garcia
–– From Barbara Prieto

In Loving Memory of my uncle Luis Godinez
–– From Rey Prieto

To the Glory of God
–– From Susan and Christian Mazzola



In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression… Millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

The Mission Committee has set a challenge goal of $400 for the 2021 OGHS Offering and in light of the challenges we have witnessed over the past year they encourage you give strong consideration of participating in this offering; if you are able. If all members give $10 we will surpass our goal. Please help if you are able.



Video and audio were recorded by various members of the church staff and members for the purpose of providing online worship to all.

Reprinted/streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE#A-713957. All rights reserved.

    • Christ the Lord is Risen Today David Evans Tune: harm. David Evans, © 1927, Oxford University Press Type: Music
    • God Welcomes All, #72484 Contributors: John Bell Text: © 2008, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG

Public Domain Hymns

    • Christ Is Alive
    • Thine Is The Glory
    • Jesus Christ is Risen Today

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Rev. Martha ShiverickEaster Worship Service for April 4, 2021

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