First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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September 6, 2020 – Worship Experience,
Video and Announcements

Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Park    Shutterstock

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

• Minute for Mission – Pedal for Protein Fundraiser video
• Worship Service with prayers, special music, service video and communion. 
• Zoom communion at 10:45 am on Sunday – use Zoom info below
• Roofless Church in September
• Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism
• Loving Our Neighbors – Pedal for Protein & List of Organizations for donations
• Wednesday Zoom Study – New Bible Study on Revelation with Bob Hirni
• Women’s and Men’s Book Groups
• Zoom gathering instructions - Sundays 11 am, Wed 12 pm, Thurs 10 am
• Supporting our church’s ministry and mission
• Reminder: informal photo directory
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Minute for Mission – Pedal for Protein Fundraiser     Dan Crawford   
                                    Click here for video
                                    Click here to donate

Opening  Song     For the Beauty of the Earth    Glory to God Hymnal #14
                               Click here for video
                               Click here for PDF

Service Video – Welcome, Reading, Song, Scripture, Sermon and Duet 
                            Click here for video on Vimeo
Welcome     Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Reading      A Prayer for Breathing      read by Chitoka Webb

Breathe in your inherent belovedness.
Breathe out the messages that you are expendable.
Breathe in love that makes your heart soft.
Breathe out any anger that is being misdirected.
Breathe in acceptance that all cannot be immediately solved.
Breathe out the need to control.
Breathe in the wisdom of ancestors who labored for collective love and justice.
Breathe out the temptation towards the superficial.
Breathe in a breath of humility. Breath out all that makes you shrink.
And then remember the trees.
Their giving and receiving of breath.
See them holding so much for us.
Offer a prayer of gratitude.
And let your roots sink deep into the soil of Divine Mystery.
         - adapted from a prayer by m barclay,

Song    Surely God Is In this Place      by Andrew Dreitcer and Stephen Iverson

Surely God is in this place, Holy ground
Surely God is in this place, Holy ground

Scripture verses    Matthew 13:31-32  

Sermon     Spiritual Redwoods: Seeds Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                  Click here for PDF of sermon
                  (video link listed at top of service)

Communion Song    As Grains of Wheat      by Laurence Rosania
                                   Jeffrey and Cynthia Cochran-Carney

You are invited to have your own elements of bread and wine or beverage so you can participate online or Zoom
Click here for 8:30 contemplative service communion in chapel
Click here for 10:00 worship service communion in sanctuary
Zoom communion at 10:45 (log in info below)

Closing Words 
Go now on your journeys.
May we take the hope which has been given to us and share it with all.
May we offer the peace which the Holy One has poured into our lives.
May we plant seeds of compassion in the world.
May the redwoods remind us of the beauty of creation and the Divine Artist.

Postlude     Adagio for Strings     by Samuel Barber

278 cellists from 29 countries made this video to connect with other cellists across the world, and create something to collaborate on during COVID
Click here for video


Online Service Production Team
Martha Wall, John Steiner, Alan Choy and Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Filming & Video Production – Karyn Kleinman

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

Roofless Church in September

Roofless Church
Under the Redwoods
Sundays Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27
9:00 am – 9:45 am    Front patio of FPCSR 
Reservations required

To reserve a space for the Sunday worship service,
please email or call Susan Isler by Fridays.     415-272-2526
You can cancel your reservation if needed.

Reminders for outdoor services
Wear your mask   •   Use chairs in marked spots
Enter from E Street side

Online services will continue 
E-News is sent out on Saturdays at 4 pm & Sundays at 8 am
Sunday Zoom gatherings at 11:00 am will continue

Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism - Resources

PCUSA – Black Lives Matter 

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) sponsored a week of anti-racism education, spiritual renewal and action.  Click on the link to learn more, including videos of events from the past week.

How Black Lives Matter Is Changing the Church
Brenda Salter McNeil used to think that it was not the place of a pastor to talk about systemic racism. Ferguson changed her mind.
Click here for article

The acclaimed novelist Jesmyn Ward lost her beloved husband and father of her children as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through her grief about how Black Lives Matter protests intersected with her personal loss.
Click here for article

Dated List of our Enews Anti-Racism resources from are on the website and will be updated weekly. 
Click here for list.

Loving Our Neighbors – The Mission Committee

List of Agencies for Donations – Suggested by Mission Committee
On the Zoom gathering last Sunday, a few people asked about where people are donating funds to help with urgent current needs in our community and country. The Mission Committee has put together a list of agencies they recommend. Click here. Click here for list

Gift Cards for Communities Affected by Fires - CAN YOU HELP?
Our friend, Rev. Curran Reichert, pastor at First Congregational Church in Sonoma is seeking support for many families in Sonoma County who have lost their homes in the fires raging in the unincorporated area of the wine country. They are really struggling to feed and clothe their families. She is seeking gift cards for Target so that families can buy school clothes, Safeway cards so that people can feed their families, or 76 Gas cards so that people who are going to work, can afford to get there.

If you are able to contribute, please make a check out to OUR church, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and put Sonoma in the Memo line. Send or drop off your check to the church. We will collect the checks and purchase the gift cards (like we do for our Thanksgiving baskets). Thank you for your support of these families in this time of need.

Pedal for Protein – P4P

Help Support Local Food Banks and Pop-Up Pantries in Northern CA in this time of great need  
Click here to read about how you can log miles and/or donate money to this important mission project.

Meals for TransHeartline House

The next date our church is providing meals for the TransHeartline House is September 13.  If you would like to help the meal, please contact Barbara Royall

Wednesday Book Reflections on Zoom  
New – September Bible Study on Revelation with Rev. Bob Hirni

Although brimming with mysterious symbolism, Revelation is a book of hope that has sustained the oppressed through the ages. Whether you are a seasoned student of the Bible or new to its study, gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood but ultimately hopeful text.

Send your questions to Bob Hirni -

Zoom Weekly Discussion – Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 9

Revelation 1:12-20

Book Groups

Women’s Book Group

Our book for September is Astoria by Peter Stark. We will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm. All are welcome to join in the discussion. For more information contact Susan Isler

Men’s Book Group

We are meeting via Zoom at 8:30 am. September book - Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
September 10, Chapter 1 - 9
September 24, Chapters 17 - 17

All men are welcome.
For info contact Alan Pabst

Zoom Info for all gatherings
Click on link (includes password)
or Click on link
Password for the FPCSR Zoom room. 996359
Meeting ID: 738 258 079
Call in number 1-669-900-9128

Zoom Sundays Today 11:00 am – 11:45 Coffee Hour and Conversation
+ Share responses to the sermon and service based on your personal experiences.

Wednesday Book Study 12:00 noon
Wednesday Reflections focused on the book study. All are welcome.

Centering Prayer Thursdays 10:00 am
Contact Kay Collette for information

Financial Support

1) Send a check to the church
    First Presbyterian Church, 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
2) Set up automatic payments through your bank
3) Give on line through our secure link -

New Church Directory coming soon

FPCSR has prepared a new church directory for all active members and friends. It will be sent soon as a pdf file and you may request a paper copy.

Photo Directory Project – Let’s See Your Smiling Face!  

Please send your photo by today! Each person or family groups is invited to submit a recent photo by Sept. 6. There will also be some collage pages to feature photos of what people have been doing during this pandemic and sheltering in place to survive and thrive. So take some pictures of what you have been up to. For more info, contact Ginny Schultz

Our mailing address is:
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901

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