First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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July 12, 2020 Worship Experience
and Announcements

                                Sower with Setting Sun, by Vincent Van Gogh

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

• Worship Service with prayers, music links, and service video
  Note: new format for reading and sermon video
• Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism
• Wednesday Zoom Book Study Information
• 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
• Update on housing support fund for church families

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Opening Song   Morning Has Broken     Glory to God #664 
                            Click here to watch Video
Service Video
Welcome, Reading, Scripture and Sermon
                            Click here to watch video on Vimeo

Welcome   Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Opening Reading  Psalm 65 (selected verses) read by Mary Pritchard

Praise to You, O Indwelling Beloved,
and to You we commit our lives,
to You who hear our prayers.

Blessed are those who draw near to You,
those who dwell in Your Heart.
Awaken us to your kindness,
enter into the Sacred Chapel
of our heart.

Through pain and suffering, your
Presence sustains us,
O Merciful One, our Comforter,
You, the hope of all the earth, to
of the distant shore that brings us Home.

At the rise of each morning, and
as the sun sets at night,
the people bow their heads
in reverent gratitude.

You visited the earth and slaked our thirst,
offering Living Streams of water;
You fed the hungry,
and taught Love's way.
You watered hardened souls,
filled with stone and weeds,
softening them with kindness,
and blessings their growth.

May all people honor these gifts
with joyful song
While walking the path of Love.

- by Nan Merrill, Psalms for Praying

Scripture Reading  Matthew 13:1-11

Sermon  The Extravagant Sower    Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                Click here for PDF of sermon
                (video link listed at top of service)

Anthem  For the Beauty of the Earth    by Bradley Ellingboe
                Chancel Choir directed by Martha Wall
                Click here for video


You open our hearts, O God,
as you put a sail on your hope
so it may reach the furthest
shores of our despair.
Your showers of grace
fall softly upon the loose soil
of our dried-up dreams.

You move into our lives,
Spirit of life,
quietly taking those fears
which trip us in the night hours
and carrying them away;
gently watering the seeds
planted in our thirsty souls
until they become bushels of grace.

- By Thom Shuman,

Closing Song   All Things Bright and Beautiful   Glory to God #20 
                          Click here to watch video

The love of God be the passion
in your heart.
The joy of God your strength
when times are hard.
The presence of God a peace
that overflows.
The Word of God the seed
that you might sow.

- By John Birch,

Postlude   by Alan Choy
                  Click here for video

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

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


There’s A Storm Comin’: How The American Church Can Lead Through Times of Racial Crisis by Harold Dorrell Briscoe Provides insights that are synthesized with biblical data to create a framework that gives churches practical steps to prepare for and respond to racialized crises that inflict trauma to the social fabric of America.

Muhammad Ali was a global superstar when he was interviewed by British journalist Michael Parkinson in 1971. He was commenting about the whiteness of church and society.
Click here for video

Reflections from a Token Black Friend by Ramesh A. Nagarajah “I am a token black friend. The black one in the group of white people.”
Click here for article

From the Mission Committee

Bread for the World Video READY TO TAKE A TRIP?
“Hunger and Hope”

Travel to Ethiopia and Guatemala with Rick Steves, travel guide, story teller, advocate and philanthropist in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. Click the link to view this special documentary just released in support of the work of Bread for the World.
Click here for video

Book Study and Wednesday Book Reflections on Zoom
Launching A New Adventure – Rebirthing the Church

The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings
By John Phillip Newell

Zoom Weekly Discussion – Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Wednesday, July 15
Reconnecting with the Journey
Chapter 4 pages 43-57

Book Groups

Women’s Book Group

Our book for July is White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. We will be meeting by Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 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 on July 9 and 23. We are reading The Great Influenza by John Barry, about the 1918 pandemic. All men are welcome.
June 25, Chapters 1 - 11
July 9, Chapters 12 - 26
July 23, Chapter 27 – Afterword
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
+ 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 -

Rental Housing Support Update
When the shelter-in-place began, there were a few people and families who are part of our church who were laid off from their jobs or not able to work. The church set up an emergency fund to help people pay their rent and housing expenses starting in April.  Since then we have helped 6 families with housing support each month.  Thank you for your generosity.  The current balance of the fund is $9,000.  The need for support continues since some businesses have not re-opened and some have closed permanently. Some people are dealing with effects of the virus in terms of being quarantined or caring for a family member. 

Your contributions will help families stay housed.  Please consider making a contribution.  
To give online, Click here Then choose  – Other – note Rental Support. 
Checks made out to First Presbyterian Church with a note – rental housing fund. 
Contact our pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney for more information.

Thank you.

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

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