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.
Pastor Ted



June 20, 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”]


Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Do you not know? 
     Have you not heard? 
The Lord is the everlasting God, 
     the Creator of the ends of the earth. 
He will not grow tired or weary, 
     and his understanding no one can fathom. 
29 He gives strength to the weary
     and increases the power of the weak. 
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, 
     and young men stumble and fall; 
31 but those who hope in the Lord
     will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; 
     they will run and not grow weary, 
     they will walk and not be faint.

Worship God in Song

Scripture Reading

Psalm 22

For the director of music. 

To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” 

A psalm of David.


1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
     Why are you so far from saving me, 
     so far from my cries of anguish? 
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, 
     by night, but I find no rest. 
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; 
     you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust; 
     they trusted and you delivered them. 
5 To you they cried out and were saved; 
     in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 
6 But I am a worm and not a man, 
     scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 
7 All who see me mock me; 
     they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, 
     “let the Lord rescue him. 
Let him deliver him, 
     since he delights in him.” 
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; 
     you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. 
10 From birth I was cast on you; 
     from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 
11 Do not be far from me, 
     for trouble is near
     and there is no one to help. 
12 Many bulls surround me; 
     strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
     open their mouths wide against me. 
14 I am poured out like water, 
     and all my bones are out of joint. 
My heart has turned to wax; 
     it has melted within me. 
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, 
     and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; 
     you lay me in the dust of death. 
16 Dogs surround me, 
     a pack of villains encircles me; 
     they pierce my hands and my feet. 
17 All my bones are on display; 
     people stare and gloat over me. 
18 They divide my clothes among them
     and cast lots for my garment. 
19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me. 
     You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 
20 Deliver me from the sword, 
     my precious life from the power of the dogs. 
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; 
     save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 
22 I will declare your name to my people; 
     in the assembly I will praise you. 
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! 
     All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! 
     Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 
24 For he has not despised or scorned
     the suffering of the afflicted one; 
he has not hidden his face from him
     but has listened to his cry for help. 
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; 
     before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. 
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; 
     those who seek the Lord will praise him— 
     may your hearts live forever! 
27 All the ends of the earth
     will remember and turn to the Lord, 
and all the families of the nations
     will bow down before him, 
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
     and he rules over the nations. 
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; 
     all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— 
     those who cannot keep themselves alive. 
30 Posterity will serve him; 
     future generations will be told about the Lord. 
31 They will proclaim his righteousness, 
     declaring to a people yet unborn: 
     He has done it!


Pastoral Message
Ted Burrows

Responding Prayer

  • Tell Jesus exactly what or whom you have lost.
  • Tell Jesus exactly how you feel about losing these things or people in your life. 
  • Tell Jesus exactly how you feel about him in light of your grief. 
  • Tell Jesus exactly what you need from him in light of your grief. 
  • Ask Jesus for mercy, grace, healing, and hope.
  • “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Response Song


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


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 

And the Love of God the Father, 

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit 

Be with you now and always. 


God is good, all the time. 

All the time, God is good!



Weekly Lectionary - Season of Pentecost

Pentecost as a festival celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. As an extended season, it commemorates the continuing work of the Triune God in the creation, redemption, and sanctification of human beings, the church, and the world. The Triune presence is made especially manifest in the work of the Holy Spirit—calling, enlightening, gathering, guiding, and sanctifying the people of God on their earthly pilgrimage. The season extends from the Day of Pentecost to the beginning of Advent.

1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133
2 Cor. 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

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


 Stay Connected!

Youth: Be praying for our youth as some of them are finishing up finals this past week. Additionally, we could use prayers as we head into a week of camp and adventure in God's creation. Please pray that our students are softened to God's voice during camp next week.

Childrens: We are transitioning out of the sanctuary this week and into the classrooms. Please be praying that this transition goes smoothly. 

Steve had a setback this week and had to be put back in the ICU. Liezet is hopeful he will be moved back to the regular floor today. Please continue to pray for Steve, Liezet and wisdom for the doctors in how to stabilize Steve's condition and move forward.


Stepping Stones Preschool is looking for 1-2 new individuals interested in joining the team to serve as Board Members.  This is an opportunity for individuals who are passionate about the school's faith based mission and want to make a meaningful difference in the community. 

With a relatively small time commitment, Board members can make a huge impact in the mission and the development of young lives. The Board meets once per month in the evening.  A Board Members' role is to provide leadership and strategic governance to the School to ensure the vision and mission is carried out effectively. 

If you are interested in serving, or finding out more about the role, please email, or reach out to anyone on our existing team: Michele Scarberry, Lloyd Cochran, Christal Kapicka, Matt Ainsley, Randy Pench, Tony Jennings. To learn more about the school, visit the School's website at

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13
Do you or someone you know have a financial or material need? Groceries? Clothing? Bills? We want to help! Our benevolence fund is there to respond to material requests within our church family. Your request will be confidential to Pastor Ted and the Leadership Team. 

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


@ 9:30am on the church lawn

Until further notice, we will be gathering outside AND provide resources for an online worship service. Please note that the in-person gathering will follow essentially the same order of worship and message as our Sunday Online materials.

  • Face masks are optional, but are encouraged. (Masks will be provided if you forget).
  • Social distance with those not in your household. (Kids too, please).
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands thoroughly.
  • Please arrive early to check in your household. We will no longer be taking temperatures. 
  • Household units will sit together and will be seated six feet from other units.
  • Chairs will be provided. You may bring your own chair. 
  • The parking lot will be open but the back doors will be locked so you will need to walk around the building to the front lawn.

Please prescreen yourself before you come to church. If you can answer yes to any of the following, please stay home:

  • Do you or a household member feel sick?
  • Do you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher or a sense of having a fever?
  • Has any member of your household had fever or cough in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition or specific activity?
  • Do you have a new sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, or new diminished sense of taste or smell that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

River Life is following guidelines and precautions set forth by the government for gatherings but cannot guarantee and is not responsible for any illness transmitted during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is up to each individual to choose to gather in person. We encourage and support those who choose to stay home for health concerns. Please let us know how we can minister to you during this time.

Church Office: 916.456.2489
Ted Burrows, Pastor:
Emily Seyler, Family Ministries Associate:
Jackie Grubb, Office Assistant:
Leadership Team: Eeva Nelson, Rick Hayes, Tina McCardle, Troy Turley (chair), Kasie Wilson: