RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WORSHIP SERVICE – APRIL 18, 2021
11:00 am EST
DOWNLOAD THE BULLETIN HERE: 04-18-2021-Bulletin-Script.pdf
Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable. Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation.
Riviera made the commitment to become an Earth Care Congregation over ten year’s ago and every year we take the Earth Care Pledge below during our Earth Care Service.
EARTH CARE PLEDGE
Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation. Our education will encourage and support each other in keeping and healing the creation. Our facilities will be managed, maintained, and upgraded to respect and cherish all creation. Our outreach will encourage community involvement and public policy to protect and restore the earth.
Take the pledge with us!
CHIMING OF THE HOUR — Graham
WELCOMING THE LIGHT
GREETINGS -Rev. Martha Shiverick
Welcome and thank you for connecting with us in this digital sacred space. Let us know you worshiped with us this by filling out the Friendship Form located on our website https://rivierachurch.org/ If you are joining us via Facebook or YouTube, please check in or leave us a comment so we know you have worshiped with us. 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
CALL TO WORSHIP — Jackie and Luke
God who spins the planets and sings the stars to shine; God of all, we praise you for all of creation which glistens with your glory.
We praise you that in Tropical Florida, there is so much that summons us to marvel, so open our eyes and fill our hearts, that we may see you in all that surrounds us and remember to offer our praise.
Let us worship God!
CALL TO CONFESSION —Lexi
We are a part of God’s creation of the earth and all living things and have been given the occupation and role of being stewards of it. But at times we forget we are a servant people and neglect our role as earth-keepers. Let us confess our sins before God and each other.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of all creation, we admit that we have not been the stewards of your planet you tasked us to be. Our cities are quaking as sea levels rise and we continue to debate about a reality we have the privilege to not yet endure. We confess that our worship of convenience has created plastic islands in your oceans. We confess we have erased the colors and habitat of the reefs and have endangered fellow creatures of your making. All creation groans under the weight of our indifference.
God, we ask that you help us to see the destruction our inaction has made and then take what is broken: our hearts, our priorities, and this earth and then hold us, change us, and love us into something new.
Breathe life and a commitment to earth-keeping into our dusty souls and use us as a force of the healing and wholeness of your world and renew our commitment to be stewards of your creation; working with you for a better day. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
We have an advocate with God – Jesus Christ, the righteous one – who offered his life in love so that we may be forgiven.
This is the good news of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
CHILDREN’S SERMON -Anna Rosas
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION — Jackie and Luke
Holy God, by your Spirit reveal your radical surprising love; come to us through your holy word and let us hear your message for us this day. Amen.
- All Creatures of Our God and King
SCRIPTURE –Jackie and Luke
- Psalm 104: 1-5, 10-24a
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty,2 wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent,3you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, 4 you make the winds your[c] messengers, fire and flame your ministers. 5 You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, 11 giving drink to every wild animal; the wild asses quench their thirst. 12 By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. 13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. 14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth, 15 and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. 16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
19 You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out. 21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens. 23 People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening. 24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
SERMON –– Rev. Martha Shiverick
- “Our Children will Inherit the Earth”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Dylan and Dustin
God, creator of the universe, fill us with your love for all of creation, for the natural world around us, for the earth from which we come and to which we will return. Awaken in us energy to be earth-keepers, never let us fall into complacency, ignorance, or being overwhelmed by the task before us. Help us to restore, remake, and renew. Amen.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, remind us to consider the lost lilies, the disappearing species of animals and plants; teach us not to squander precious resources; help us to value habitats: seas, deserts, and forests
and to preserve the diversity in our world. Help us to value what we have left and to learn to live without taking more than we give. Amen.
God of the living earth, you have called people to care for your world –
you asked Noah to save creatures from destruction. We ask that we also understand how to sustain your world and that we: not over-fish or over-hunt; That we do not destroy forests or over farm soil. We ask that you help us find good ways to use our resources wisely and find a path to peaceful and sustainable living. Amen.
Jesus, who raised the dead to life help us to find new ways to renew what we have broken, damaged, or destroyed. Teach us how best to care for the water, the air, and the land. Help us to work for ways to find solutions to damage and decay; give hope to those who are working for a greener future. Amen.
THE NEW ZEALAND ANGLICAN LORD’S PRAYER — Bridget
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
– The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa
MINUTE FOR MISSION — Michele Ready
- United Nations: 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- Gabriela E. Lopez, Community Image Manager | Neat Streets Miami
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 — Rev. Martha Shiverick
Lord God, we offer to you only a portion of what you have given us. All that we have is from your creative hand. All that we can give away we do through Jesus’ love. All our renewal comes from the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. Use out gifts to heal your creation for the generations that follow. 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 — Rev. Martha Shiverick
FELLOWSHIP GATHERING FOLLOWING WORSHIP
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
Thank you for worshipping online. Please, take a moment to fill out the Friendship Form below to let us know you worshiped with us. You may also share any prayer requests or joys which will be sent to our pastoral care team.
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ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Begin Your Sunday Morning with Zoom Online Adult Bible Study Class. This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. 10:00 am – 10:30 am.; Meeting 860-148-3445. Password: 2708
YOUTH READING GROUP
Did you enjoy watching The Chronicles of Narnia movies? Here is an opportunity to continue the journey with the Youth Reading Group. Upper Elementary and up. You don’t need to have the book. Just log in on Sunday afternoons. Sunday, April 4 at 3:45 pm. Email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the Zoom Meeting information.
Distribution Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays from 9 am – 12 Noon. Share this information with friends and family. This week the food needs are: tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit and veggies.
April 21 @ 7:00 pm: This is a time for fellowship, sharing and just being together, even if it’s virtually! No homework needed – just a time to share our lives with each other. We would love for you to join us! If you’re interested, please contact Karen at email@example.com
April 28 @ 6:30pm: Being an Earth Care Congregation has opened our eyes to the needs not just of the planet but of humanity as well. If you share our concerns please come to the next Mission:SDG – where we will look at the dimensions of Peace and Prosperity. Our special guest will be Sue Rheem, the UN Representative for the PC(USA) Ministry to the United Nations.
You must register at www.bit.ly/missionsdg.
STORY TIME WITH PASTOR MISSY & FRIENDS
Sunday @ 9:00am Online Storytime. Are your children missing their Sunday School friends and teachers? We sure miss their smiling faces! We hope to see their smiling faces Sunday at 9:00am on Zoom. Meeting 860-148-3445 ID 2708
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.
- All Things Bright and Beautiful – harmonization #53884 Type: Music Contributors: John Ribble Tune: © 1983, Presbyterian Publishing/Westminster John Knox/Geneva Press
- Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks Donald Fishel Words and Music.
Public Domain Hymns
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- For the Beauty of the Earth.
- Bulletin Cover Image by: Image by John Hain from Pixabay.
- Nature Photos in today’s worship video by Robertson Adams, used with permission.
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