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

 

February 21, 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”]

 

Almighty God, 

Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer,

we worship you.


We gather as your beloved children, 

Created in your image, 

Holy ones, saints, 

Called, redeemed, and being transformed by your Holy Spirit. 


We long to see you, Lord. 

To worship your name. 

To find joy and take pleasure in fellowship with you. 


Amen. 


Worship God in Song






Prayer 

First Sunday of Lent

 

 

Dear God of our whole selves,

As we journey through this season of Lent, 

Teach us how to give,

So that we can joyfully respond when you call us to serve.

Teach us to pray, 

So that we can be closer to you in all that we do throughout the day.

Teach us how to let go,

So nothing can stand in the way of our connection with you.

Teach us how to prepare,

So we can be ready to receive your love, wisdom, and blessing. 

Help us to remember that in all ways we belong to you. 

Amen.[i]

 

 


 

Scripture Reading

Ephesians 2:1-10

 

 

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.



Pastoral Message

Ted Burrows


         SERIES: Called To Be Saints :: Ephesians[i]





Responding Prayer


  • Sit in silence for a minute or two to ponder the scripture and the sermon.
  • Ask God, “What is it that you would have me know?”
  • Ask God, “What is it that you would have me do?”
  • Is there anything you would like to say to God? Tell him plainly. 
  • Is there anything you would like to say to God? Tell him plainly. 

 

 

 


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

 

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

 

God is good, all the time. 

All the time, God is good!                                                                                                                                                                      



 


Weekly Lectionary - 1st Sunday of Lent


SEASON OF LENT


Beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week, Lent includes forty weekdays and six Sundays. During this season the church proclaims, remembers, and responds in gratitude and faith to Christ’s atoning death.

Excerpt From: “The-Covenant-Book-of-Worship.epub.” Apple Books.    



 
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isa. 58:1-12

Ps. 51:1-17

2 Cor. 5:20b–6:10

Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21


                                                                      
 
 


Stay Connected!


 


MEMBERSHIP CLASS
Have you encountered God through River Life? Do you want to grow into all that God has for you and be engaged with God’s mission, all within the context of community? Our Membership Class is designed for you to learn more about River Life, our Covenant denomination, and what membership means for you. Bring your questions and your lunch! The two hour, online class will be hosted on Zoom on Sunday, March 7, at 11am-1pm. Please sign up for the class by contacting Jackie at jackie@riverlife.org or 916.501.8254.



CARE TEAM
Today @ 10:30. If you're interested in learning more about how you can support this ministry, please join us for a brief meeting after the Sunday service. We'll meet on the front lawn under the stained glass cross. If you would like to participate in this ministry but still do not feel comfortable gathering, please let us know!



YOUTH SKI TRIP

The Youth group had a great day skiing yesterday. Thanks for praying for us!

No Youth Group meeting tonight. See you next week.




 








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
 

ENDNOTES


[i] https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/03/call-to-worship-revelation-1-4-8.html

[ii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgHrNNM23p8&list=PL7_V7nXKouS3NCvSbolqmba8Stzq_2Jq8&index=7

[iii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKDujmtyAVk

[iv] https://www.facebook.com/River-Life-Covenant-Church-140294062677517/

[v] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1W6LBoBNGw

[vi] https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8F6MCB5Q8SLSA