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.


Today is Pentecost, 40 days after Easter Sunday, when God gave his Holy Spirit to empower the church for Christian living and mission. As part of our remembrance for what God has done, you are invited to celebrate Communion with River Life this Sunday at 11am.

To set your communion table, the most important things you will need are your own bread and cup (with grape juice or wine). You might also consider including a candle, a cross, or your Bible as reminders of God's presence with you.


God bless you,

Pastor Ted




May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

  • 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”.]




Today, Pentecost Sunday, we pray:

Come, Holy Spirit,



One with the Father, and with the Son—God in three persons.


Come, Holy Spirit.

The breath of God, the Spirit of life.


Come, Holy Spirit,

Advocate, Counselor.


Come, Holy Spirit,

Breaker of chains, healer of souls.


Come, Holy Spirit,

Assurance of forgiveness, maker of peace.


Come, Holy Spirit,

Teacher of Wisdom, Reminder of Christ.


Come, Holy Spirit.

God of Pentecost, breathe into us your Holy Spirit,





Worship God in Song

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Worship Songs for Children




Children’s Lesson

Parents, discuss with your kids:


  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • Why did Jesus give his Holy Spirit to his followers (the church)?
  • How would you like God’s Holy Spirit to help you this week?


Scripture Reading

Acts 2:1-4



2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.



1 John 1:1-10; 3:11, 16-18


1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.


5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.


8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.



3: 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another…


16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.




A Prayer of Lament



Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our souls are heavy with the events of this week. The pandemic of the coronavirus. The pandemic of racism in our country. Give us strength to pray. We lift our eyes to you, our mighty rock, our fortress, our refuge in times of trouble. Help us. God, please help us.


We remember to you the name of George Floyd, your child. We grieve his untimely and unjust death. We do not pray for vengeance, but we do call out for justice, healing, and peace. We ask for widespread repentance and a deep restoration of trust. We pray for unity, charity, and benevolence amongst all peoples.


Help us, Lord, to be your church. “Neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.” “Once [we] were not a people, but now [we] are the people of God; once [we] had not received mercy, but now [we] have received mercy.” Empower us, your people, that we might declare and demonstrate your love and your life, your justice and your peace.


Our hope is in you, Jesus Christ. Come quickly to help us. Lord, come quickly to save us. Hear our cry.






Message from Pastor Ted

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Prayers and Reflection



Take time to pray out loud or in silence.

  • Pray through Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

  • Receive this assurance: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

  • Ask God to help you love one another. To love your neighbor. To love your enemy. To love people who aren’t like you. To love yourself.





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




Response Songs





Closing Prayer and Benediction



Go forth into the world in peace;

Be of good courage;

Hold fast to what is good;

Do not return evil for evil;

Strengthen the fainthearted;

Support the weak;

Help the afflicted;

Guard the dignity of all people;

Love and serve the Lord,

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Be upon you and remain with you forever.


God is Good!

All the time!

All the time!

God is good!





Stay Connected!


Don’t forget to join us today for Communion!



We would like to send our congratulations to those graduating from high school this year! Please remember these students in your prayers as they embark on the next phase of life in extraordinary times.


  • Joseph Cochran has graduated from Capitol Christian High School and will attend Sac State majoring in Theater.
  • Savunne Downing is graduating from West Campus High School.
  • Maddie Elkins is graduating from McClatchy and will be attending Sac City College.
  • Andreya Estrada is graduating from The Met High School and will attend Cosumnes River College.
  • Michael Spagnolo is graduating from West Campus High School and will attend Sac City College.


Everyone is welcome to join us on June 7 at 11AM for an online, congregational meeting, with general information and a budget update from the Leadership Team. Please note that this meeting will replace the weekly Fellowship Time.




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