First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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December 11, 2022 – Worship Service

Third Sunday of Advent

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

December 11, Sunday
Third 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 Winter 2022 
Masks are recommended
Masks are required for people who are not fully vaccinated
and those who are immunocompromised.  

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Prelude       Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by JS Bach           Bertina Mitchell-Boyadjiev
Welcome and Announcements                                   Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Lighting the Advent Candles                                Judy Lundquist and Berg Carlsen

Opening Song          People Look East    
Reading                     Advent Prayer                                           Ralph Purdy, liturgist
You keep us waiting. 
You, the God of all time, 
want us to wait 
for the right time in which to discover 
who we are, where we must go, 
who will be with us, 
and what we must do. 
So thank you . . . for the waiting time. 
You keep us looking. 
You, the God of all space, 
want us to look in the right and wrong places 
for signs of hope, 
for people who are hopeless, 
for visions of a better world that will appear 
among the disappointments of the world we know. 
So thank you . . . for the looking time. 
You keep us loving. 
You, the God whose name is love, 
want us to be like you— 
to love without jealousy or design or threat; 
and, most difficult of all, 
to love ourselves. 
So thank you . . . for the loving time. 
And in all this, 
you keep us. 
Through hard questions with no easy answers; 
through failing where we hoped to succeed 
and making an impact when we thought we were useless; 
through the patience and the dreams and the love of others; 
and through Christ and Spirit 
you keep us. 
So thank you . . . for the keeping time, 
and for now, 
and for ever, 
                        - By John Bell, Iona Community Worship Book, Scotland
Special Music   Nocturne in Eb Major by Mikhail Glinka     Bertina Mitchell-Boyadjiev
Children Continue Their Worship Downstairs
Prayer Chant             There is A Longing 
Scripture          Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-55 (selected verses)
                        Advent Series: Reflecting the Sacred #3
Sermon          Sacred Space                                        Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                        Click here for PDF of Sermon  

Song                Born in the Night   
Sermon Conversation
Joys and Concerns                           
Closing Song       It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 

Blessing                                                                       Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Postlude         Medley of Carols                                Bertina Mitchell-Boyadjiev, harp
Guest Musician – Bertina Mitchell-Boyadjiev, harpist
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Bertina Mitchell-Boyadjiev began studying the harp at age twelve. She graduated with honors from the Bulgarian Conservatory of Music in Sofia, performed with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. After moving to the USA in 1993, she studied at Indiana University, receiving her Master’s degree in 1997.
For many years she was the harpist for the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, and she has performed with Marin Symphony Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and at the Mendocino Music Festival. A resident of Marin County since 2000, Bertina currently performs with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Mill Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She also teaches harp privately, plays for weddings, and performs solo recitals as well as flute and harp duets with her son Chris Simon Boyadjie.


Songs included in this service are covered by streaming copyright license
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 Sunday Adult Education Class
 Exploring and Enjoying Favorite
 Christmas Carols

 Leaders:  Martha Wall and Thayer Jacobs
TODAY 11:15 am in the Chapel

 Join Martha Wall after church for a session of singing and listening to well-loved but less-often-sung Christmas Carols, plus a few familiar treasures. Martha will share interesting histories and backgrounds of these carols, and we will either sing the carols or listen to arrangements of them. 

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