Sunday Worship Service for May 30, 2021

Sunday Worship Service for May 30, 2021

(updated video)

11:00 am EST



RECONCILIATION This sermon series defines the DNA of Riviera Church.

But we should never rest on our laurels as these issues are the issues of our day and the ones to which we are called as a Matthew 25 Church – by building a vital congregation who is working towards dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.


    • Hymn 286: Breathe on Me, Breath of God


GREETINGS                            Rev. Martha Shiverick

Welcome and thank you for connecting with us in our digital sacred space united as one community. Let us know you worshiped with us by filling out the Friendship Form located on our website Joining us via Facebook, please check in or watching us on YouTube, 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                                                    Barbara Overton

We are here because we have heard the call of Jesus in our lives. We are here to challenge and support one another to rise up and follow. We are here because we want to be God’s people.

We want to learn more about what it means to be the people of God.

We come, seeking to be moved, changed, and made whole by the Spirit of the living God.

Let us open our hearts to the moving of the Spirit. Let us worship God!

CALL TO CONFESSION                             Nancy Stults, Kathy Stults, Karen Moyer, and Janelle Stults

Let us confess our sins to the One who gives life eternally.


Creative and loving God, you have searched us and known us

and all that we are is open to you. We confess we have sinned: we have put up walls between ourselves and you, closing our hearts to your gifts. We have failed to respect and honor the gifts you have given us in creation, earth and all living things. We squander the inheritance of generations to come.

We have sinned against each other: we have put up walls between ourselves and our neighbors, giving in to fear, ignorance, and arrogance. We are stained by the sin of racism and fail to respect the gifts of all your peoples.

We have used our power to dominate and our weakness to manipulate; we have evaded responsibility and failed to confront evil; we have trusted false gods and listened to their promises; we have denied dignity to ourselves and each other; we have fallen into deep despair. In our despair we have forgotten you, and have gone away from your path.

Forgive us for what we have done to hurt others and the ways we have hurt the earth. Give us your blessing and help. Let us walk in your great love; through the great peacemaker, your son, Jesus Christ.


Siblings in Christ hear the good news. We did not receive the spirit of slavery, but rather the spirit of adoption. Your guilt has departed: your sin is blotted out, for you are God’s beloved children – forgiven, loved, and free. May God’s peace be with you. Amen.

CHILDREN’S SERMON                                                       Anna Rosas


    • Hymn 399: Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks


PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION                                      Barbara Overton

In every age, you give us prophets, holy God, to cry out for justice and mercy. Open our ears to hear them, and to understand that the truth they speak is your way, lest we support injustice and seek to secure our own well-being. Give prophets the fire of your word but give them love as well. Though they are called to speak in your name, help them to never forget that they stand with us before you, and as disciples follow your Word. Amen.


    • Hymn #1:  Holy Holy Holy

SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                  Barbara Overton

Luke 4:14-19

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

SERMON                        The Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • ‘The Prophetic Community Boldly Proclaims the Mandate of the Gospel’

THE CONFESSION OF 1967             Nancy Stults, Kathy Stults, and Karen Moyer

9.20 God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in human life. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which people are reconciled to God and to one another. The Spirit enables people to receive forgiveness as they forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as they make peace among themselves. In spite of their sin, the Spirit gives people power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation to all.


O God, you love justice and you establish peace on earth. We bring before you the disunity of today’s world: the absurd violence, and the many wars, which are breaking the courage of peoples of the world; militarism and the armaments race, which are threatening life on the planet; human greed and injustice, which breed hatred and strife. Send your Spirit to renew the face of the earth; teach us to be compassionate toward the whole human family; strengthen the will of all those who fight for justice and peace

and give us that peace which the world cannot give. We pray all this through Jesus Christ who also taught us when we prayed to pray in this manner:

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.



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.

CALL TO OFFERING                                          Rev. Martha Shiverick

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive. Let us return to God the offerings of our life and the gifts of the earth.

The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today with a credit/debit card at and click on the GIVE button or use the scan me code with your phone camera.
    1. You may download the free Give+ app (iOS & Android)
    2. You may set up online payment via your bank bill pay program.
    3. You may also mail in your check to the church at Riviera Presbyterian Church at 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143


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



    • “We Shall Overcome”



After the worship service you are invited to the Zoom Room for Holy Grounds Fellowship Gathering: Meeting ID: 829-1129-7119 / Passcode: 056833

This is a time to connect 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!


Thank you for worshipping online. 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


The next Ukulele Rehearsal will be on Sunday, June 13thIf you are interested in learning how to play the ukulele and/or be in the Riviera Ukulele Ensemble, please email Dr. Walter Busse at

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 information.


Are you ready to dig deeper into the scripture passage for Sunday’s Sermon? Begin Your Sunday Morning with Zoom 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


The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. 40% of the offering received will be used towards our summer intern program and to purchase books for the library at Frances Tucker Elementary


Preparations are underway to start in-person worship on Sunday, June 6th. We have made the commitment to continue our online worship service with a twist.  Our goal is to livestream our worship service, with the option that you can view it as a livestream or join us via Zoom and be an active participant in the service.

You will also have the option of watching the service later when you are ready to have personal sacred time.


    • We encourage those who are high-risk to continue to worship online, but as always ask that you use your best judgment.
    • We ask all who will be attending “in person” worship to wear a mask as a visible expression of “loving your neighbor as yourself.”
    • Attendees need to sign up in advance. Please sign up to attend the service each week on our church website – Those without internet access who wish to attend may sign up by calling the church office at 305-666-8586×3. You may
    • leave a voicemail message. Deadline for registration is Friday at 4:00pm.
    • Seats will be assigned with social distancing measures. Based on the best current scientific research, we will initially not be having congregational singing to minimize the risk of virus transmission.

If you have any questions or concerns about our reopening process, please direct them to me (305-666-8586) or email

— Missy

Video and audio were recorded by various members of the church staff and congregation 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 #22011Donald Fishel Words and Music
  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty – descant #68629 List Type: Music Language: English Contributors: David McKinley Williams Tune: © 1948, H W Gray/Jubilate Music Group

Public Domain Hymns

  • Breathe on Me Breath of God #97405 Text: Edwin Hatch 1878; Music: Robert Jackson 1888
  • We Shall Overcome Text and music: Traditional. Contributors: Unknown Traditional
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