RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WORSHIP SERVICE – APRIL 11, 2021
Second Sunday in Easter
11:00 am EST
Download bulletin: 04-11-2021 Bulletin Script PDF
Easter isn’t just a Sunday — it’s a season and a new way of life. The season of Easter is intended to be a joyful time for celebrating the presence of the risen Christ in the church and calls us to “walk in newness of life“ (Romans 6:4).
We invite you to walk with us as we explore a new church in the midst of Covid; wherever you are located we are one community and all are welcome.
So, welcome this morning and thank you for connecting with us in our digital sacred space united in community. Let us know you worshiped with us this morning by filling out the Friendship Form located below. If you are joining us via Facebook or YouTube, please check in or leave us a comment so we may connect with you after the service.
You may also share any prayer requests or joys which will be sent to our pastoral care team. Don’t forget to keep checking our main social media outlets, Facebook and Instagram, for up-to-date information, find us @RivieraChurch
CHIMING OF THE HOUR & WELCOMING THE LIGHT
GREETINGS — Rev. Martha Shiverick
CALL TO WORSHIP — Nancy Stults
Today is a new day!
New life is rising among us!
Today we are challenged to live fully in God’s love!
So, we will greet one another in love and we will praise the God who uplifts each of us in grace!
Alleluia! Let us worship God.
CALL TO CONFESSION — Kathy Stults and 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 sin before God:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION — unison
Loving and gracious God, we admit that there are times when our faith leads to questions rather than a sense of joy or peace of mind. We admit there are times when we completely forget you or forget what you ask of us as we are absorbed in earthly concerns and worries. Some of us have even already dismissed the promise of Easter, just seven days ago. Come to us now, draw us near. Let us show you the scars of our hands, the wounds on our hearts. Turn us around and upside down; break down the walls and barriers in our own lives. Forgive us, restore us, renew us.
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 and restored to new life!
CHILDREN’S SERMON — Rev. Martha Shiverick
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Nancy Stults
God of all who doubt and believe, by the gift of your Spirit enable us to hear with our ears, to see with our eyes, and to touch with our hands your Word of life – Jesus Christ – our Lord and our God. Amen.
- “We Walk By Faith”
SCRIPTURE — Nancy Stults
John 20: 19-31:
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But “he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger
in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah,[c] the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
SERMON— Anna Rosas
- Doubting Thomas
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER — Butch Sorenson
Dear Lord, we thank you today for the ways in which you enter our lives and make your self-known to us. We thank you that we can see you in the beauty of nature and we try not to take the beauty of this tropical paradise in which we live for granted. You are within all of nature and in our personal lives… you are in the mighty and great and also the loving and tender as well. May we see you in the small gestures of friendship, the smile of acceptance, while we still wait and yearn for the hug of another human being.
God, we pray for areas that need your loving presence. Be in our communities where racism and racial profiling is leading to deaths of innocent people. Make your love and forgiveness known to the victims, their families, and those guilty of violent acts. Help us to model the love that you offer the world and to be a source of health to this pandemic of racism making our world so sick.
We also pray for those who are still waiting to be vaccinated. We pray for patience and for their health. We pray for the time in the near future where we will embrace a new normal where people may come together without
endangering themselves or others.
We pray for our families and this church community. We pray that we live the faith-filled lives of disciples as we model the love that Jesus taught us. Let us now together pray in the manner that he taught, 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 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 – Martha Shiverick
Be in the Know – read the bulletin and see what opportunities for ministry you are interested in making a connection with, events to participate in and classes to
expand your faith journey in.
CALL TO OFFERING – Martha Shiverick
Holy God, we give you thanks and praise for light and life and love, and – above all – your presence among us. By your Spirit who breathes within us, strengthen our faith, use our gifts, and work in our lives so that we might
be your faithful followers. 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/give and clicking on the GIVE button or use the scan me code below with your phone camera.
- 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.
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;
Praise God, ye hosts in heaven above;
Praise God, the Trinity of Love. Amen
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION — Anna Rosas
God go before you to lead you.
God go behind you to protect you.
God go beneath you to support you.
God go beside you to befriend you.
Do not be afraid.
May the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon you.
Do not be afraid.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.
After the worship service today you are invited to Zoom Holy Grounds Fellowship Gathering at 11:45am. This is a time to reconnect with one another and if you are new to our worship service we extend an invitation to join and introduce yourself. We would love to meet you!
Meeting ID 829-1129-7119 | Passcode 056833. Or just click this link.
Thank you for worshiping online today. Please, take a moment to fill out the Friendship Form below to let us know you worshiped with us today. You may also share any prayer requests or joys which will be sent to our pastoral care team. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Begin Your Sunday Morning with Zoom Online Adult Bible Study Class
10:00 am – 10:30 am. This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. Zoom Meeting 860-148-3445 / Password: 2708
YOUTH READING CLUB
Join Anna as we continue reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia book series. Email Anna at email@example.com to obtain the Zoom Meeting information.
Our last blood drive was during the November General Elections and it was a successful day. Please come out and support your local community by donating blood, if you are able.
Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 am — 4:00 pm. Due to social distancing measures that OneBlood has in place, please make an appointment by clicking on the box above. Please share this event with friends and families. You will also be given a free Covid-19 antibodies test. Click here to schedule your appointment.
STORY TIME WITH PASTOR MISSY
We are extremely excited to announce that this morning at 9:00 am we kicked off a new weekly virtual children’s program: Story time with Pastor Missy and Friends. This program is geared for children 7 and under but all children are welcome! Connect with us on Missy’s Zoom Room: 860-148-3445 | 2708-passcode. Missy and her friends are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces next Sunday at 9:00am.
MUSIC CREDITS AND COPYRIGHT
Video and audio were recorded by various members of the church staff and members for the purpose of providing online worship to all and produced by Robertson Adams Digital, Inc.
Reprinted/streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713957. All rights reserved.
- In The Bulb There is a Flower/Hymn of Promise – PROMISE Contributors: Natalie Sleeth Tune: © 1986 Hope Publishing Company Text: © 1986 Hope Publishing Company
- Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks Donald Fishel Words and Music
- We Walk by Faith – ST. ANNE, William Croft, Henry Alford Words and Music – © OCP
- These Things Did Thomas Count as Real Contributors: Thomas H. Troeger Text: © 1984, Oxford University Press”