First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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May 14, 2023 – Worship Service

Broad Reach by Paul Krapf

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

Sunday, May 14, 2023
Worship Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am
Livestreaming at 10:00 am 

Current Mask Guidelines Spring 2023    Masks are required for people who are not fully vaccinated   and those who are immunocompromised.

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Prelude                                                                                    Thayer Jacobs, piano    

Welcome and Announcements                                Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney 

Opening Song          For the Beauty of the Earth   

Reading          Psalm 139 (from Psalms for Praying)         Lynn McDermott, liturgist

O my Beloved,
You have searched me and known me.
You discern my innermost thoughts.
You find me on the journey and
        guide my steps;
You know my strengths
        and my weaknesses.
Even before my words rise up in prayer,
         you have already heard my heart call.
You encompass me with love wherever I go,
         and your strength is my shield.
Such sensitivity is too wonderful for me.
Boundless gratitude is my soul's response.

            - Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying

Special Music     Te Deum arr. by H. Dean Wagner      Velocity Handbell Ensemble 

Musical Refrain   Spirit of the Living God                     

Scripture             John 15:1-8 

                  Sailing Lessons for the Church #2 
Sermon    The Sailing Life is the Abiding Life            Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney 
                  Click here for sermon PDF


Musical Reflection                                                                 Thayer Jacobs, piano 

Sermon Conversation  

Joys and Concerns 

Blessing for End of Internship – Aaron McKee 



Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons        

Closing Song          Bring Many Names   

Blessing                                                                     Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney 

Postlude          Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee 
                          arranged by Arnold B. Sherman           Velocity Handbell Ensemble

Special Guest Musician
Sunday, May 21

Jonathan Dimmock
Organist Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, ensemble musician and church organist.  A graduate of Oberlin and Yale, he has the unique privilege to have been the only American Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey; he has also served numerous churches, and  is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents. Mr. Dimmock has recorded more than fifty CDs and can be heard on hundreds of YouTube and streaming listings. He is co-founder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE), and founding President of The Resonance Project – which uses music in international conflict resolution.  He is deeply committed to healing our world through the beauty of music, and is passionate about spirituality, psychology, aesthetics, and the arts. This summer he will be playing in England and Ireland as well as in the SF Bay Area. See his website for more information

Upcoming Adult Ed Class
FPCSR Disaster Preparedness,
Sunday, May 21, at 11:15 AM

Come to an adult education program to learn about our church's disaster preparedness. How well is FPCSR prepared for an emergency – a major earthquake, a fire, or an electrical outage caused by a major storm? What should you do? Where do you start? Are there instructions? Is there a plan?

If you look in the sanctuary, Canoles Hall and elsewhere in the church, you will find posted emergency response instructions, phone trees, flashlights, radios, and first-aid kits.

Ralph Purdy will guide you through the steps to take in response to these emergencies. You will be shown where the shut off valves for gas, water and electricity are located. You will also be shown how to use the AED (automatic electric defibrillator) machine. And then let’s discuss the questions you have.

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