Sunday Worship Service for April 25, 2021

Sunday Worship Service for April 25, 2021

Video will premiere at 11:00 a.m. Sunday

11:00 am EST 

DOWNLOAD the bulletin PDF here:  Bulletin Script 04-25-2021.pdf


How do you see God in your life?
Do you see him as the shepherd depicted in Psalm 23?

Guiding and leading you?
Are you like the sheep, needing direction?

Do you feel isolated? Left behind? 

We are here for you. To walk together through
the dark valleys of life and to minister to each other. 



    • Hymn 366: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”


GREETINGS                                           Rev. Martha Shiverick

Welcome and thank you for connecting with us in our digital sacred space united in community. Let us know you worshiped with us by filling out the Friendship Form located on our website If you are joining us via Facebook or YouTube, please check in or leave us a comment so we know you 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 — Karen Collier

The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
He lays down his life for his sheep.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
He knows us, and we belong to him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
He speaks, and we listen to his voice.
Let us worship God!

CALL TO CONFESSION — Susan and Christian Mazzola

If we are honest with ourselves, our hearts condemn us. But God, who knows everything, is greater than our hearts; and God’s deep desire for us is mercy, love, and peace. Therefore, let us confess our sin.


Lord, have mercy on us. We talk about love, but our actions betray us.

We talk about love, but we neglect the poor. We talk about love,

but we fail to love one another. Lord, have mercy on us. Forgive us and abide in us by the power of your Spirit so that our lives may show the love taught to us by Jesus Christ. Amen.


We seek God’s grace with boldness because we trust in the One who loves us. This is the good news of the gospel: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!



    • Hymn 399: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”



God, good shepherd, by the leading of your Spirit, help us to listen for your voice and follow in your paths all the days of our lives. Amen.


    • Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

SCRIPTURE — Karen Collier

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

SERMON –– Rev. Martha Shiverick

    • ‘Peaty the Puppy – A Natural Herder’

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE — Cindy Hershey            

With boldness, let us offer our prayers to the shepherd of our souls, saying

God of goodness and mercy, hear our prayers.

We pray for the nations of the world…anoint all leaders with your wisdom

so that they will use their power to help the poor and defend the vulnerable. To use their resources to vaccinate all people.

God of goodness and mercy, hear our prayers.

We pray for this community…strengthen those who work each day to heal the sick, to end racism and oppression, and help our siblings in need.

God of goodness and mercy, hear our prayers.

We pray for friends and loved ones and those we love who we have not yet met…Comfort all who are suffering in this pandemic. walk with them through their valleys of loneliness, of economic and career down turns and of fear.Restore them, mind body, and soul.

God of goodness and mercy, hear our prayers.

THE LORD’S PRAYER                             

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.

MINUTE FOR MISSION —  Barbara Overton


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

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the goods of the world and sees a brother or sister in need, yet refuses to help? With love for God and neighbor, let us offer our gifts, our tithes, our offerings and our very selves to the Lord.  Amen.


The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at and clicking on the GIVE button or use the scan me code below with your phone camera.
    2. You may download the free Give+ app (iOS & Android)
    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 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



    • Hymn #: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”

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

Thank you for worshipping online.

Please, take a moment to fill out the Friendship Form on our website 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. 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send us an email at

Are you ready to dig deeper into the scripture passage for this Sunday’s Sermon? 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 liturgy with Pastor Missy. 

Meeting 860-148-3445 / Password: 2708


send your 10 -15 second video in to Robertson Adams ( by MONDAY MAY 3rd and it will be a part of the worship service Sunday, May 9th. 

Ukulele Rehearsals are the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 12:30pm.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to:

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 Sundays at 3:45 pm 

Email Anna at to obtain the Zoom Meeting information. 

Online Story Time with Pastor Missy & Friends

A gentle and age-appropriate introduction to two key issues of our time—hunger and homelessness—from a child’s point of view.

Sunday at 9:00am on Zoom. Meeting 860-148-3445 ID 2708


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.

    • Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks Donald Fishel Words and Music.  
    • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Text: CMD; based on Psalm 23; Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt.  Music: William Walker’s The Southern Harmony, 1835. Contributors: Resignation, Isaac Watts

Public Domain Hymns

    • Love Divine, All Love Excelling
    • Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
Riviera ChurchSunday Worship Service for April 25, 2021

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