Riverside Worship Guide

Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Riverside Worship Guide

Sunday September 20th

(As we gather IN PERSON each week, we ask that masks be worn while walking around the building and that social distancing be practiced at each seat)

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Riverside Announcements:

#1 October Ministry Kickoffs (Praise God!)

Beginning the first full week in October, several ministries of Riverside will return – though with masks and social distancing remaining essential. Please take note of these ministry kickoffs:

Small Groups: the Sunday afternoon group will restart on Sunday, October 4th following the worship service in the church fellowship hall. The Tuesday evening group will restart on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 pm, also in the church fellowship hall (temporarily, due to COVID safety needs). Touch base with Pastor Joe Earle if you would like to join a group.

Foundations: starting Sunday, October 4th at 8:45 am the adult foundations class (children welcome to attend with parents) will reconvene for 8 weeks, with two 4-week studies:

1. From October 4th through October 25th, Tim Regan will lead a 4-week study entitled, “Guidance: Finding and Knowing the Will of God.” This will equip us to seek and find God’s will as we face the challenges and uncertainties of life.

2. From November 1st through November 22nd, Nolan Pierce will lead a study entitled, “Explaining Christianity: Essentials of the Christian Faith.” This will equip us to both understand the essentials of the Christian life and share the essentials of our faith with others in these trying days.

***ALSO, (during the Foundations hour) the tweenagers/teenagers 6-12th Grades) will meet with Pastor Joe Earle in his office for a study on the Gospel, Baptism, and Church Membership.

Undone: though the teens have already started meeting via Zoom, they will begin to meet in person starting Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 pm.

Riverside Kidz: currently, the plan for Riverside Kidz is still being worked out. Please pray for the elders and ministry leaders as they determine how best to restart this ministry. And let them know if you would be interested in helping serve the children of our church and community in this way.

#2 Outreach to Main Street Landings, Central on Orange, and Neighbors Nearby

We will soon be sending cards to the residents of the nearby apartment complexes (ex. Main Street Landings) and our other neighbors letting them know we are praying for them and want to lovingly serve them. If you would like to help address the cards, let Jeannie Johnson know at office@rbcnpr.com.


Please continue to prayerfully give to Riverside through our ONLINE GIVING LINK (please select “ACH Bank Transfer”), through our offering box (back of auditorium), or by mailing your offerings to the church: 6219 River Road New Port Richey, FL 34652.

As always, we trust God to continue to provide for the needs of our congregation.

Today’s Worship

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Call to Worship: Ephesians 1:3-14
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

Worship in Song:
Come Praise & Glorify
How Firm a Foundation

Gospel Affirmation: Romans 8:11
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

Worship in Song:
Praise the King
Great are you Lord

Pastoral Prayer

Worship in Song:
Guide Us

Worship with the Word: Matthew 10:32-42
Sermon Title: “Taking Jesus’ Side”

(See Notes Below)

Worship in Song:
All Glory Be to Christ

Benediction: Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Passage: Matt. 10:32-42
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”


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