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.

 

Join us on Sundays at 11am for our fellowship hour on Zoom! Click here: https://zoom.us/j/989706655

 

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

 

Pastor Ted

 

 

 

March 22, 2020


  • Light a candle on the table in front of you. 
  • Begin with two minutes of silence.


Call to Worship

[If there are more than two readers present,

designate a “leader” from the rest of the “people”]

 

 

Leader: The earth shakes, the mountains quake -- tempting our hearts to fear,

 

People: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Leader: When our children and parents and loved ones are beyond our reach, we take comfort in knowing,

 

People: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Leader: Huddled in our homes and uncertain of what tomorrow brings, we lift up our eyes to the heavens and say,

 

People: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

All: God, you alone are our refuge; you alone are our strength.

We look to you in these troubling times.

 

 

Worship God in Song

[Click on the name for the link, then skip the ads!]

 

Worship Songs for Children


 
 

Scripture Reading

Psalm 46

  

1 God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear,

    though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,

    the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease

    to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shields with fire.

 

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

 

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 

Scripture Reading

Philippians 4:4-9

 

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

 

Message from Pastor Ted

[@ River Life Covenant Church on Facebook]

 

 Video

 

Prayer 


Take time to pray out loud or in silence. 
Suggested prayer points:


  • what are you thankful to God for?
  • those with COVID-19
  • those at risk: the elderly and the immunocompromised
  • the poor and the economically at-risk
  • people living in broken homes with nowhere to go
  • first responders
  • medical professionals
  • government leaders
  • grocers and food suppliers
  • delivery people and truck drivers
  • pastors
  • River Life Covenant Church
  • your neighborhood

 

 

Offering

 

Heavenly Father, every good and perfect gift comes from you. 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.

 

  • Give electronically via Paypal [vii]

  • Checks can be sent to:
        River Life Covenant Church
        4401 A Street
        Sacramento, CA 95819

 

Response Song



 

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.[ix]

 

God is Good,

    All the time!

All the time,

    God is good!

Amen.

 

 

Announcements

Outreach Opportunities

 

We want to reach out to those in our community who are experiencing difficulty at this time. Click the links below to let us know if you have a need or would like to help someone out.

 

 

Thank you to all who have already offered to help. So far, we have received appreciation for our offers, but no requests for help so far. Please let us know if you would like help!

 

Also, check out our website for printable flyers to offer help to your neighbors.

 

Ken Whitall from the Leadership Team will be coordinating River Life’s outreach efforts during the pandemic. Contact Ken directly at kwhitall@surewest.net.

 


Stay Connected

 

Facebook

 

Follow us on Facebook! “River Life Covenant Church”. Please post anything from prayer requests to stories of God’s grace in hard times. Original content only, please. The you engage with the page, the more others will see what God is doing in and through River Life.

 

 

Website

 

We updating our website, www.riverlife.org. Check out our new tabs for:

 

  • COVID-19: information and outreach resources (with printable flyers)
  • LIFE GROUPS: our primary ministry to stay connected to God and others 
  • CHILDREN: Resources
  • SUNDAY ONLINE: Weekly digital liturgy. Will be available by Sunday at 9:30am at the latest.
  • RESOURCES: Online tools for Spiritual Growth
  • GIVE: how to give by check or online

 

Zoom.com

 

We are working to create an online infrastructure to facilitate fellowship, prayer, and ministries for various groups. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please do your best to familiarizes yourselves with zoom, or contact the church office if you would like to be paired with someone for training.

 

If you would like to train others with Zoom, please let us know that, too.

 

 

Upstream

 

Please let us know if you or others would like to sign up for our church newsletter, Upstream.

 


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