First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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November 15, 2020 – Worship Experience
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Cornucopia by Sharon Foster

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

  • Worship Service with readings, special music, sermon and Dedication of Pledges
  • Sunday Adult Education Class at 11 am on Zoom – Rev. Doug Huneke
  • Thanksgiving Food Bags for Ritter Center
  • Zoom gathering instructions - Sundays 11 am, Wed 11 am, Thurs 10 am
  • Supporting our church’s ministry and mission

Church Calendar

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Service Video – Welcome, Introit, Reading, Special Music, Sermon and
                            Dedication of 2021 Pledges
                            Click here for video on YouTube
                            Click here for video on Vimeo

Welcome     Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Introit       “Introit” from TOUCH by Allan Petker
                  (see note below for more information)

Reading    Psalm 107:1-9, 43     Read by Mary Pritchard
We give thanks to You,
            who are the Source of Love;
            whose Light shines forth
                        throughout the universe!
Come, awaken our hearts that
            we might do your Work;
For, without You, we can do nothing;
            ’tis your Love that loves
                        through us.
Gather us in from all the lands,
            from the east and the west,
            from the south and the north.
Let all who are hungry and thirsty,
            whose souls are faint within
Cry out to the Most Merciful to give
                        them succour,
            to nourish them with healing
For fear cannot live where love, grace,
                        and gentleness abide.
Enter into the Great Silence,
            where you may hear the voice
                        of the Beloved,
Who satisfies the hungry soul,
            and quenches the thirsty with
                        streams of Living Water.
Whoever is wise, let them ponder
                        these things,
            let all people reflect on the
                        gifts of the Beloved.
                                    - From  Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill

Special Music       “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” arranged by Jason Krug                                             FPCSR Sounds A’Pealing Handbell Choir 
                               Musicians:  Janie Martin, Lynn MacDermott, Laurel Stevenson,  
                               Briana Voss
Scripture Reading      Matthew 14:13-21
Sermon     Food for the Hungry      Cynthia Cochran-Carney                                                        Click here for pdf of sermon
Hymn      “We Give Thee But Thine Own”  
                 Singers – Dan and Dori Crawford, Marcia DeZwarte and Martha Wall
                 Click here for pdf of hymn  #708

Dedication of 2021 Pledges       Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Closing Words   
May God bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the eyes of your heart be open to all the blessings which surround you;
            may this awareness produce a harvest of generosity in your spirit.
May thankfulness rise up within you, not just during this short season,
            but day after day, from the early morning watch until you retire for the night.
May your prayers reflect gratitude, while also acknowledging the needs of others.
May the love of Christ fill your mind and heart, and thanksgiving be your response.
                                    - adapted from rethinklife blog by Pastor Ryan 11.22.08
Postlude        By Alan Choy 
                       Enjoy this beautiful postlude from Nov. 2015 and photos of packing     
                       the Thanksgiving bags in the sanctuary after worship on Nov. 17, 2019
                       Click here to watch video

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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

About Today’s “Introit” from “Touch” by Allan Robert Petker
Allan Petker, a renowned choral conductor and a published composer and arranger with over 250 titles in print, is a former Marin resident and Presbyterian Church of Novato choir director. In 1994 he formed Consort Chorale, an ensemble of 50 auditioned voices from the San Francisco Bay area, of which our choir director, Martha Wall, is a founding member and current singer. “Touch” is a multi-media work for chorus and chamber orchestra in three movements, composed in 2009 and based on the paintings of He Qi, a contemporary Chinese Christian artist.  “Touch” was recorded at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo with the voices of Consort Chorale and local orchestral talent, conducted by the composer.
The selection today is an excerpt from the 26-minute work, titled “Introit: God Touches Us.” 

Sunday Adult Ed Class 
Nov. 15  11:00 am on Zoom
Our Calling to Social Action Rooted
in Spiritual Life

Presenter: Rev. Doug Huneke
In turbulent and challenging times like those in which we live, how does spiritual life sustain and move us forward with hope, grace, and biblical love? We often think of God being with us, a sure and steady presence. But, the more personal question is - Are We With God? We’ll explore a big and important difference between God with us and we are with God, particularly in hard times. How we define ourselves as people of faith and how we continue to “do justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly."
Bio:  Doug retired after 30 years at Westminster Presbyterian in Tiburon. In his retirement he reads, writes, studies via Zoom with a longtime rabbi friend and a Presbyterian pastor. He’s had several surgeries that have consumed lots of time. However, he is healthy and doing well. He and his wife downsized and simplified with a move to Petaluma where she carries on her therapy practice via Zoom. They became great-grandparents last December.

Thanksgiving Food for Needy Families 
Thank you for your generous donations of food and cash donations!
Every Thanksgiving, the Ritter Center in downtown San Rafael provides the food necessary for a full Thanksgiving meal to around 150 individuals and families who are homeless or precariously housed. FPCSR partners with Ritter Center by collecting and packing 50 bags of food, plus a gift card for Safeway. A small group of us will pack the bags of food on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Canoles Hall.
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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   Adult Ed Speakers and Conversations

Wednesday Conversations  11:00 am
Church members lead discussions on topics they are interested in. All are welcome. 

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

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