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RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020
Marking the 40th Anniversary of The Child Care Center Inc. at RPC
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CHIMING OF THE HOUR
WELCOMING THE LIGHT Ella Lee
GREETINGS – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
MOMENT FOR MISSION
OPENING PRAYER (Morgan Adams)
Let us pray:
Good Shepherd, you call each of us by name.
You care for us and ask that we care for each other.
As we worship today, we do so celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Child Care Center which has offered a safe and loving place for working parents to bring their children.
We pray for this wonderful mission of our church, the thousands of children for which the CCC has cared, for the teachers and staff who have nurtured them, and for the future children who will be cared for here. God, be with us as we worship today and as we continue the missions to which you call us. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION (Nicole Prieto)
(Adapted from a prayer by Dr. Stephen Plymale, Professor of New Testament at Proctor School of Theology)
We love the 23rd Psalm. We say it prayerfully in season’s of sorrow; recite it’s comforting words in periods of uncertainty; rehearse the assurance it offers for times of trial; and claim its promises as the very structural support of our faith and life. At least we claim to do so. But maybe its words can also guide us in a moment of confession. Let us join together in confession guided by the words and thoughts of the 23rd Psalm.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION – unison (Nicole Prieto)
‘The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.’ With these words I am saying that God provides me with everything I need; but do I really believe that?
‘He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.’ If God is restoring my soul, why do I feel so tired, so exhausted, so ‘run thin’, so overwhelmed?
‘He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.’ Am I really living my life on the right path in every aspect of my life? Would I be comfortable and even proud to have God along with me everywhere I go?
‘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.’ Then why am I always looking elsewhere for comfort and protection? Why do I have so many fears?
‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ I wonder what my life would look like if I really did trust God. I wonder how I would view others, including enemies, if I really believed God to be beside me.
‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. Am I confident that God goes with me? Am I confident that I will live with God forever?
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Nicole Prieto)
The words are sure and true: the Lord is our Shepherd and provides for us everything we need. Know that God is with you now, forgiving you, rejoicing to be in your presence, and willing to transform you.
CHILDREN’S SERMON – Missy Shiverick
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (Sage Sweeny-Lardner)
Prepare us, O God, to hear your word through the scripture reading of the 23rd Psalm today. Confront us with your claims on our lives. Clarify the choices we must make if our lives are to have meaning and purpose. Comfort us with your message of loving care and concern. Amen.
- Brother James’s Air (marosa)
SCRIPTURE (Ethan Lee)
(From The Message translation by Eugene Peterson)
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I am not afraid when you walk by my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
‘Having a Shepherd, Being a Shepherd’
LITANY OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE CHILDCARE CENTER & PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
One: God, we thank you that you have called us together as a community called Riviera and have given us wonderful missions which both excite us and make us committed to your ministry.
All: This morning we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Child Care Center and the many children who have been cared for in our church through those decades.
One: We thank you for the staff and teachers who have shared their love with the families of the Child Care Center.
All: We pray that the children will continue to experience the love and security we strive to offer as we teach and model an ethic of care and concern for all.
One: God, we pray for all your children, particularly in this time in our history where people are fearful, and where unemployment and the numbers of people affected by the virus continue to grow.
All: We ask that we feel your loving care and that you show us how to minister to those in need.
One: We pray all this as we also pray the prayer that was modeled by Jesus, 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.
THE LORD’S PRAYER unison
Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
CALL TO OFFERING
Our God has prepared a table before us and our cup overflows.
So let us give generously from our common wealth, as our way of praising God and giving to those in need.
INVITATION TO GIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
The Act of Gratitude
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- You may also mail in your check payable to the church at Riviera Presbyterian Church at 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143
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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
Thank you to our CCC alumni for your participation in today’s service: Ella Lee, Morgan Adams, Nicole Prieto, Sage Sweeny-Lardner, Ethan Lee.
How the CCC Became a Reality:
In the late ‘70’s, RPC minister, Rev. Howard Gordon, set up a committee to research how to use the educational building of the church that sat empty all week. I, and another member had just read an article in the
Presbyterian Survey magazine about churches who had developed weekly preschool programs. That set off a yearlong study which determined that the kind of program RPC could develop would use the Educational building Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm for a full day child care program for infant through preschool children of working parents.
The Session took on the endorsement and development of a non-religious, 7am to 7pm program as a mission. Within a year and a half The Child Care Center, Inc. became a reality.
The commitment to providing warm nurturing care for infants through young 5 year olds as well as a developmentally appropriate early childhood learning experience has been our focus for the past 40 years. Over 2,000 children have spent at least part of their preschool years in the care the Riviera community has provided through the stewardship of the education buildings. Think of it! That is a continuing and very significant fulfillment of a vision conceived by this congregation 40 years ago.
–Vivian German, Ruling Elder and Past Director of the CCC at Riviera Presbyterian Church
Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the worship service on Zoom Holy Grounds for conversation 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 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the east entrance of the sanctuary. If you would like to shop for the food pantry the following items are needed: peanut butter, pasta sauce, pasta, cereal or granola bars, crackers, tuna, mac & cheese, rice and beans each 1-lb bags, canned fruit and veggies.
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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