First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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December 4, 2022 – Worship Service

Second Sunday of Advent

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

Sunday, December 4, 2022
Second 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 optional.
Masks are required for people who are not fully vaccinated
and those who are immunocompromised.  

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Prelude                                                                                          Valerie Ng, organ  
Welcome and Announcements                                Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney   
Lighting the Advent Candles                                                       
Opening Song     Comfort, Comfort Now My People 
Reading                                  Advent Meditation                     Marj Robinson, liturgist

Tear open the heavens and come down, O God.
As the light dims in these colder days
our vision turns inward.
We see the wilderness of our lives, the desert of our spirits–
the crooked priorities
the low valleys of selfishness
the mountains of consumption
the uneven ground of malnourished spirits
the places made rough with wounds we carry.
Bring your good news to us
hold close those jagged places in our hearts,
speak freedom to the tension we carry,
release us from patterns that hold us captive,
proclaim the time of your good favor
and the day of light of our God!
We watch, we long, we stand on tip-toes
expectantly, urgently, eager.
Tear open the heavens and come down.
Break into our lives–
we are awake!
     Adapted from Advent meditation by Rev. Jessica Tate, NEXT CHURCH

Special Music         The Advent Candle                                         
                                 Lyrics by Charles Bennett                           
                                 Music by Bob Chilcott
                                 The Chancel Choir
                                 Martha Wall, Director                                                    
Children Invited to go downstairs
Prayer Chant             There is A Longing 
Scripture          Matthew 3:1-12
Advent Series: Reflecting the Sacred #2                                                   
Sermon          Sacred People                                      Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                       Click here for PDF of Sermon  

Musical Reflection      
Joys and Concerns                           

Closing Song                The First Noel                                                                                                                                                
Blessing                                                                   Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney   

Postlude                                                                                       Valerie Ng, organ

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

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