Sunday Worship Service for June 28, 2020

(direct Youtube link)

Online worship for Sunday June 28, 2020:

  2. WATCH the video above on this page. Premiere is at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The video is 34 minutes long.
  3. HOLY GROUNDS ZOOM:  Just after worship ends, please JOIN our fellowship call on Zoom
  4. Let us know you attended worship with us today / submit a prayer of praise or concern

Don’t forget

    1. Donate online.
    2. Support the Food Pantry.
    3. WATCH “The 13th” documentary by Ava Duvernay,
      on Netflix (
      or Youtube (
    4. DISCUSS RSVP to join the July 22nd Zoom discussion event.
    5. Sunday Morning Adult Education via Zoom. 10:00 am – 10:30 am. This is a great opportunity to study Sunday’s sermon passage with Pastor Missy. Meeting 860-148-3445
    6. Start your 21-day Racial Justice Challenge on July 1st. More information here.


Worship Sunday June 28, 2020

Good Morning!

Even when we’re physically apart, the Holy Spirit unites us as one community! Even when we can’t go to church, we are the church!

Let us know you worshiped with us today by filling out the Friendship Form located below on this page.

If you are joining in via Facebook, please check in or leave us a comment so we know you are worshiping with us today.

Don’t forget to keep checking our various social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, for up-to-date information.





WELCOME Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

    • Introduction of Rev. Geoff McLean 


One: God has created us, called us from our mother’s wombs and formed us as a people.

All: No longer are we lonely individuals, but part of the whole human race, living and sharing with others.

One: We discover life to be so complex. We are called to be with each other through this COVID 19 pandemic, to fight against racism and to create equality among peoples, and to help those hit by our economic down-turns.

All: Life is tears, it is smiles, it is joy, it is sorrow. But it is also love.

One: Life is a calling to make change, it is a calling to be the change.

All: It is a gift from God. Laugh, cry, sing, be silent; in whatever way we live, be thankful unto God.

One: Let us worship God.

CALL TO CONFESSION Becky and Kevin Fouche

Even when we have been too busy to notice, God has been constantly loving us and encouraging us to grow in the light of God’s love. We can trust God with our deepest confession.


Mighty, Gentle God, you have shown us your love and called us to be your servants. But we have made ourselves too busy and worried to notice. Like Martha, we have been anxious about much we cannot control, and we have forgotten you. We have been worried about what other people think of us, and we have missed the point of your care. We resent the Mary’s who act freely, trusting in your grace. We are angered by people whose service draws attention away from us. Forgive us that we have worried over the wrong things. Free us, body and soul, for your service of love and grace. Amen.


Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.

The old life has gone; a new life has begun.

I declare to you in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!



    • Hymn 843: “Marching in the Light of God”



Lord, speak to us your Word, that hearing it, our hearts may be transformed, Our lips may prophesy, and our feet follow your path. Amen.


    • Prelude No. 4‘ by Heitor Villa-Lobos
      Fabian Carrera – Classical Guitar Solo


    • Acts 8

SERMON  – Rev. Geoff McLean Associate Presbyter, The Presbytery of Tropical Florida

    • “Along the Wilderness Road”


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Michelle Garcia and Stephanie Godoy

God of mercy and judgment, we come to you to give our joys and concerns in this changing world around us. We pray for our planet which is still gripped by a pandemic. Give the world leaders, the scientists, and the medical personnel the wisdom they need and the resources they lack.

We pray for those who suffer through this virus, the economic insecurities we face, the sadness and isolation of many around us, and the human-made disasters created by our sins of racism and white privilege. We pray that we might help restore the order and well-being to your world.

You are merciful, O God, and you are just; both your righteousness and justice imbue your love for your people.

So enable us to actively seek your love and justice for all creatures of this earth.

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ who also taught us when we prayed to pray in this manner:

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 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Rev. Martha M. Shiverick

CALL TO OFFERING Rev. Martha M. Shiverick


Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come – children, youth, and young adults.

40% of the Pentecost Offering remains with our congregation to support our ministry at Frances Tucker Elementary School to purchase backpacks for the 5th grade class.

Won’t you contribute today?


The Act of Gratitude

    1. You may donate today via credit/debit card by visiting our website at and clicking on the GIVE button
    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


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



    • Don’t forget to fill out the Friendship Form on our website or leave us a comment on Facebook so we know you worshiped with us today. Please include any prayer requests you have which will be sent to our pastoral care team.

    • Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the worship service on Zoom Holy Grounds to connect with others in the Riviera church family.  Sundays at 11:45am / Meeting ID: 931-409-506 / Password: 5275

    • 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.   Our Current Needs:

      • Peanut Butter – Pasta – Granola Bars – Tuna – Mac and Cheese – Canned soup, fruit and veggies.

      • UNUSED Hotel size shampoo bottles – Toothpaste – Toothbrushes

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. –Thank you.

–Thank you.


We welcome The Rev. Geoff McLean who serves as the Associate General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida as of December of 2019. He works directly with congregations’ ministers and leaders to grow their vibrancy for fulfilling the Great Ends of the Church, as well as provide resources, foster missional engagement, and equip congregational capacity for discipleship and witness in the community.

Rev. McLean is a Minister of Word and Sacrament and served congregations in Virginia, New Jersey, and Mississippi, prior to moving to Florida. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bloomfield College and training as a Chaplain Candidate with the U.S. Navy. Geoff was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey and was ordained by the Palisades Presbytery. He and his wife, Sheila, have two children: John (stepson), and Colin.


Video and audio was recorded by various members of the church’s staff and family for the purpose of providing online worship to the members of Riviera Presbyterian and others who view the link.

Reprinted/streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE#A-713957. All rights reserved.

I Danced in the Morning
TEXT: Sydney Carter, 1963 MUSIC: American Shaker melody; adapt. Sydney Carter, 1963 Text ad Music © 1963 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing company

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
TEXT: Charles Wesley, 1747, alt. MUSIC: Rowland Hugh Prichard, 1831, alt. PUBLIC DOMAIN HYM

Siyahamba/Marching in the Light of God
TEXT: South African; English Trans. Gracia Grindel, 1984. MUSIC: South African; arr. Freedom Is Coming, 1984. English trans and Music arr. ©1984 Utryck (Admin Walton Music Corp.) / OneLicense #65063 List Type: Words and Music. Contributors: Anders Nyberg

Prelude No. 4, Homenagem ao índio brasileiro (Homage to the Brazilian Indian)
MUSIC: Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1940.




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