First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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November 27, 2022 – Worship Service
First Sunday of Advent

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

Sunday, November 27, 2022
First Sunday of Advent

Worship Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am
Livestreaming at 10:00 am

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Current Mask Guidelines – Fall 2022 Masks are optional but recommended for indoor worship services and church events

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Prelude                                                                                                Kenji Higashihama, piano  
Welcome and Announcements                                                         Cynthia Cochran-Carney   
Lighting the Advent Candles                                                              Susan Isler             
Opening Song   Watchman, Tell us of the Night  
Reading          How the Light Comes                                               Aaron McKee, liturgist
I cannot tell you
how the light comes.
What I know
is that it is more ancient
than imagining.
That it travels
across an astounding expanse
to reach us.
That it loves
searching out
what is hidden,
what is lost,
what is forgotten
or in peril
or in pain.
That it has a fondness
for the body,
for finding its way
toward flesh,
for tracing the edges
of form,
for shining forth
through the eye,
the hand,
the heart.
I cannot tell you
how the light comes,
but that it does.
That it will.
That it works its way
into the deepest dark
that enfolds you,
though it may seem
long ages in coming
or arrive in a shape
you did not foresee.
And so in this season of Advent
may we turn ourselves toward it.
May we lift our faces
to let it find us.
May we bend our bodies
to follow the arc it makes.
May we open
and open more
and open still
to the blessed light
that comes.
—by Jan Richardson from A Circle of Grace
Special Music      Partita #2: Allemande  by JS Bach                               Owen Xu, violin
Children’s Story
Prayer Chant             There is A Longing 
Scripture          Matthew 24:36-44 (selected verses), Romans 13:11-14

                        Advent Series: Reflecting the Sacred #1      
Sermon          Sacred Time                                                   Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
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Musical Reflection                                                               Kenji Higashihama, piano 
Sermon Conversation                                                                     
Joys and Concerns    
Closing Song       O Come, O Come Emmanuel 
Blessing                                                                                              Cynthia Cochran-Carney     
Postlude         Romanian Folk Dances #5 (Polka) and #6 (Fast Dance) for Piano          
                        by Béla Bartók                                                               Owen Xu, piano

Thanking Sandra Fisk                                                                         Speakers
                                                                                                               Brief Slide Show
                                                                                                               Presentation of Cards


Owen Xu, guest musician
Owen Xu is a sophomore at Branson High School. Studying violin with Patricia Miner for 7 years and piano with John Boyajy for over 6 years, he has been performing with the Marin Symphony Youth Program since 2016 and is currently serving as Co-Concertmaster. He won Marin Music Chest Scholarships in 2019 and 2021, and the Margaret Davis Piano Competition in 2018 and 2019.


Our Advent Worship series "Reflecting the Sacred" is based on the purchased materials Advent 2022 from Worship Design Studio - Rev. Marcia McFee.

Songs included in this service are covered by streaming copyright license
One License #A-706502

Thanking and Celebrating Sandra Fisk  

Sandra Fisk has been leading many ministries, projects and artistic endeavors in our congregation for decades. In gratitude for the many ways the Spirit has flowed through her many gifts and skills to enrich our church, we want to thank her.  At the end of the service, we will thank Sandra and show a few slides of church seasonal displays in the sanctuary, church history records, photos of people, church life events and more.  Sandra has served as an elder on the session, as our unofficial church historian, coordinator of the Liturgical Arts Group, member of the Chancel & Handbell Choirs, and planning team leader for the September 2019 150th Anniversary Celebration of our church among other ministries and events.   We continue to pray for Sandra – for peace, for strength, for God’s comfort – and for her beloved husband Fred.
Sandra has asked that people not crowd close to her since she needs to protect her health

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