RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 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.
Christ has risen. Christ has risenindeed God is alive… Newbirthisgiven. Hope is alive… Anewageisdawning.Joy is alive… Redemptionishere. Love is alive… Deathcannotharmus. We are alive… Newlife iswithinus. God’s spirit is within us. Godof life,we worshipyou. Godof creation,wepraiseyou. Godof revelation,we learnfrom you. Godof resurrection, we are here tocelebrateyou.
EASTERPRAYER — 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.
CHILDREN’SSERMON — Anna Rosas
“Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”
PRAYEROFILLUMINATION — 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.
SCRIPTUREREADINGNRSV — Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton
Early onthefirst dayof theweek,whileitwasstilldark,MaryMagdalenecameto thetombandsawthat thestonehadbeenremovedfrom thetomb.2So sheran and went toSimon Peterandtheotherdisciple,theonewhom Jesusloved,andsaidto them,“Theyhavetaken theLordout of thetomb,andwedo notknowwherethey havelaidhim.”3Then Peterand theotherdiscipleset outandwent towardthe tomb.4Thetwo wererunningtogether,butthe otherdiscipleoutran Peterand reachedthetombfirst. 5Hebent down tolook in andsawthelinen wrappings lyingthere, buthedidnotgo in.6Then Simon Petercame,followinghim,and went into thetomb.Hesawthelinen wrappingslyingthere,7andthecloththat had beenonJesus’head,notlying with thelinenwrappings but rolled up in a placebyitself. 8Thentheotherdisciple,who reachedthetombfirst,also wentin,andhesawand believed; 9forasyet theydidnotunderstandthescripture,thathe mustrisefrom thedead.10Then thedisciplesreturnedto theirhomes.
PRAYERSOFTHEPEOPLEANDLORD’SPRAYER — 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:
Our Creator,whoartinheaven,hallowedbe your name.Yourkin-dom come,your willbedoneonearthasinheaven. Give ustoday our daily bread.Forgiveoursins,asweforgivethosewhosinagainst us.Save usfromthe time of trial anddeliver usfromevil.For the kin-dom,the power,andthe glory areyours nowandforever.Amen.
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CALLTOOFFERING-– 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 Actof Gratitude
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The 2021Per Capitais$37 permember.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;
Praise God, ye hosts in heaven above; Praise God, the Trinity of Love. Amen
EASTER TREE DEDICATIONS:
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
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
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.