Sunday Online

Welcome to our Sunday morning digital liturgy. This order of service is designed to guide you into a worship encounter with our good and beautiful God. Please follow along with the readings, links, and a short video with a pastoral message. If you are worshipping with family or roommates, take turns reading the parts out loud.

 

Blessings, 

Pastor Ted

 



April 18, 2021


  • Light a candle on the table in front of you to remind you of God’s presence.  
  • Begin with two minutes of silence. 

 

 

 

Call to Worship

[If there are two or more readers present, designate a “leader” from the rest of the “people”]

 

 

Call to Worship
[If there are two or more readers present, designate a “leader” from the rest of the “people”]
 
 
Leader:
Psalm 108:1-5
A song. A psalm of David. 
 
My heart, O God, is steadfast; 
     I will sing and make music with all my soul. 
 
People:
Awake, harp and lyre! 
     I will awaken the dawn. 
 
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; 
     I will sing of you among the peoples. 
 
For great is your love, higher than the heavens; 
     your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 
 
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; 
     let your glory be over all the earth.


Amen.
 



Worship God in Song






Scripture Reading

Ephesians 5:1-20

 
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 
 
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. 
 
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: 
 
“Wake up, sleeper, 
     rise from the dead, 
     and Christ will shine on you.” 
 
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 

Pastoral Message
Ted Burrows

 

 

Reflection Song




Offering


Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, everything in heaven and earth is yours. Receive now our tithes and offerings as gifts of worship, to the glory of your name. May your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.


River Life Covenant Church

4401 A Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

 

 



Benediction

 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! 

 

God is good, all the time. 

All the time, God is good!                                                                                                                                                                      




Weekly Lectionary - Season of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter


Easter is a season that begins on Easter Day and continues through the Ascension of the Lord to the eve of Pentecost. During this period the church celebrates the triumph and continuing ministry of the risen Lord. In this season the first lesson comes from the Acts of the Apostles.”



Easter is a season that begins on Easter Day and continues through the Ascension of the Lord to the eve of Pentecost. During this period the church celebrates the triumph and continuing ministry of the risen Lord. In this season the first lesson comes from the Acts of the Apostles.”

Acts 3:12-19
Ps. 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48
Excerpt From: “The-Covenant-Book-of-Worship.epub.” Apple Books. 

                                                                      



Stay Connected!



LIFE GROUPS
Stay connected with God and one another! Life Groups will launch toward the end of April, running approximately eight weeks. Backyard and Zoom options available. If you would like to be a part of a Life Group this season, please email Kasie Wilson at kasiecakes@yahoo.com and let her know your preference for Backyard or Zoom meetings. She will be in touch!

CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY - MAY 1
When are we moving back inside the church building? Good question! The LT has been in prayerful discussion over this question, and although we don't have an exact date, we anticipate the move inside will happen sometime over the summer or early fall months. In the meantime, we will be planning a few work days to prepare the facilities. We are looking for help with dusting cobwebs, washing windows, cleaning pews, vacuuming, wrapping HVAC, etc., and we'll need a few strong backs to rearrange some furniture and trucks or trailers to make a probable dump run. Please email Jackie at jackie@riverlife.org.  

FAMILY MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth: We have extended the deadline to sign up for Rock-n-Water to May 2nd. Make sure to invite your friends! Spots are limited, so the sooner the better.

Children: Children's ministry is starting Exodus this week, which means we have a new memory verse, Exodus 14:13-14.

PRAYER
Please continue to  pray for Steve and Liezet Arnold as Steve recuperates with various issues in his lungs, kidneys and heart. 


PRAYER CHAIN
If you have a prayer request you can email it to the Prayer Chain at prayerchain@riverlife.org.
If you would like to be part of the Prayer Chain email Vicky Maxwell to sign up.

 

CONTACT US
Church Office: 916.456.2489
Ted Burrows, Pastor: ted@riverlife.org
Emily Seyler, Family Ministries Associate: emily@riverlife.org
Jackie Grubb, Office Assistant: jackie@riverlife.org
Leadership Team: Eeva Nelson, Rick Hayes, Tina McCardle, Troy Turley (chair), Kasie Wilson: lt@riverlife.org