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RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020
3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER / EARTH DAY WORSHIP
Good Morning! We’re delighted that you are joining us today. We thank God for the gift of technology and the ability to worship together even when we are apart. Let us know you worshiped with us today by filling out the Friendship Form located on our website WORSHIP page www.rivierachurch.org.
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CHIMING OF THE HOUR AND WELCOMING THE LIGHT
GREETINGS – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Come, let us dwell in God’s shelter. Let us dwell in God’s work of art.
All: Come, because the earth is the Lord’s, and God’s earth is our home.
One: We live in God’s world, we are not alone. We share this life with the heavens and the earth,
All: With the waters and the land,
One: With the trees and the grasses,
All: With fish, birds, and animals,
One: with minerals and creatures of every form,
All: And with all of our siblings.
One: God is good and everything God makes is good.
All: God is love and everything God makes is love’s fruit.
One: Let us worship God!
OPENING PRAYER – Janet Peterson
(A Sioux Prayer from Chief Yellow Lark (1887)
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and me ears sharp to your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught your children,
The lessons you have written on every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, Not to be superior to my siblings,
But to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,
So that when life fades as the fading sunlight,
May my spirit come to you without shame.
CALL TO CONFESSION – Karen Collier
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 in stewardship. Let us together confess our sins before God and each other:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION unison
Our beautiful blue and green home is an awesome, awesome gift. Yet we trade clean air for the power of convenience, clean water for easy waste disposal, and wilderness for elbowroom. We marvel more at our inventions than over your creations. Share your wisdom and teach us how to protect the best, and restore your rivers and mountains, seas and prairies, wetlands and forests. Guide us in living sustainably, being satisfied that enough is enough and not to consume more than we need. Guide us to repair and replace your Very Good Creation: our habitat, climate, and food web. Send your spirit over the waters again; stir us to action, justice, and wise choices. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Based on Psalm 23:1-3, 6)
One: God leads us besides still waters and restores our souls. God leads us on righteous paths.
All: Surely Goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in the theatre of God’s creation.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo
- For The Beauty Of The Earth
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION – Rev. Missy Shiverick
You are the living God who sustains all life in continuing unfolding ways. And now may we open our ears to your continuing unfolding Word. You speak to us in new, vital, and imperative ways. With all the power you have given us, let us be silent and open to listening… to comfort and to challenge us and to call us to a new focus. Amen.
SCRIPTURE – John 3:16a
SERMON – “For God So Loved the World…” – Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, Eco-theologian, Latin America Director of GreenFaith
- For God so Loved The World
VIDEO MONTAGE All Things Bright and Beautiful
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – unison – Barbara Overton
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
Earth Care Congregation 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.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Michele Ready
(From the papal letter Laudato Si)
A prayer for our earth:
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with the peace that we may live as siblings harm-ing no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we
journey towards your infinite light.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love, and peace.
We pray all this in Christ’s name who also taught us when we prayed to pray in this manner:
THE LORD’S PRAYER unison
(From New Zealand Prayer Book)
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
source of all that is and that shall be,
Parent of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven,
The hallowing of your name echoes through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the earth!
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, 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.
CALL TO OFFERING
God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diver-sity in creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit! God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that blesses others through sharing our love, our talents, and our material possessions. Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we give our morning offering.
INVITATION TO GIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
The Act of Gratitude
- You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our web-site atwww.rivierachurch.org and clicking on the GIVE button
- 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.
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 – Dr. Neddy Astudillo
Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the worship service on Zoom Holy Grounds for conversation with Dr. Astudillo as well as the chance to connect with others in the Riviera church family.
Food Pantry Ministry
- Riviera’s Food Pantry Ministry will be distributing food on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon on the east entrance of the sanctuary.
- If you would like to shop for the food pantry the following items are needed: cereal or granola bars, tuna, canned veggies and soups. Please, NO condiments at this time.
- Donations can be dropped off at the church Fellowship Hall doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. If you are ordering the food to be delivered please schedule them for Tuesdays or Thursdays.
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