First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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July 5 2020 Worship Experience
and Announcements

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First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

  • Worship Service with prayers, music links, sermon and communion videos
  • Zoom communion at 10:45 am on Sunday – use Zoom info below
  • Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism
  • Meals for Binny info
  • Opportunity for Service: Meals for Trans Heartline House in Jordyn’s honor
  • Wednesday Zoom Book Study Information
  • Women’s and Men’s Book Groups
  • Zoom gathering instructions - Sundays 11 am, Wed 12 pm, Thurs 10 am
  • MOC upcoming Event – Zoom meeting with Senator Mike McGuire
  • Supporting our church’s ministry and mission

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Prelude  Gentle Giants   music and image by John Steiner
                 Click here for video

Opening Hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness   Glory to God hymnal #39
                            Click here for video
                            Click here for PDF of song

Reading  “The Summer Day”   read by Linda Adams
                 Click here for video

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

Scripture Reading  Matthew 11:25-30

Meditation  Rest for the Weary
Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Click here for video of scripture readings and meditation
Click here for PDF of sermon

Song  I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say    GtG #182
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Click here for PDF of song



Come to a table not defined by wood or stone
but by what rests upon it —
Christ invites us to the table – Come unto me.

Come unto me because any burden is heavy
to the one who is under it.

Come unto me with the burden
of a crowded life or a lonely one.

Come unto me, with a child’s burden
of frustration or hunger,
of abuse or embarrassment.

Come unto me with a burden
of grief —
for the death of a beloved person
or a companion animal,
for an ability you have no longer,
or a relationship
needing reconciliation.

Come unto me with the burden
of a disappointment,
even one
that doesn’t seem significant enough,
or a fear deeper than words.

Come unto the me - Jesus said
with any burden —
for here is rest for the weary,
lightening of suffering,
and guidelines for becoming gentle.

Here is a yoke of responsibility
that can be lifted
because of a small piece of bread
and a sip of the cup of hope.

- adapted from communion liturgy
By Maren C. Tirabassi, July 5, 2020

Click here for 8:30 contemplative service communion in chapel
Click here for 10:00 worship service communion in sanctuary
Zoom communion at 10:45 (log in info below)
You are invited to have your own elements of bread and "wine" so you can participate online or Zoom

Communion song  Eat this Bread    Taize
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Go out into the world in peace.
Have courage.
Hold onto what is good.
Return no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the faint-hearted.
Support the weak.
Help the suffering.
Honor all persons.
Honor all creation.
Love and serve God,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Postlude  America the Beautiful     - in celebration of July 4th
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Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism - Resources

PCUSA General Assembly 2020 statements on Racism
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A History: The Construction of Race and Racism
A historical account of “race science” that, while widely discredited now, has still profoundly influenced how we think of each other and our societal structures and systems.
Click here to read

Being An Anti-Racist: A Primer
Video by Presbyterian pastor Rev. Landon Whitsitt, Synod Executive of Mid America
Click here for video

Meals for Binny
Church member Binny Fischer would appreciate some meals for her family in the coming weeks. Deacon Marj Robinson is coordinating the sign ups.
If you would like to sign up to help with a meal, please contact Marj 415-456-5037 or

Opportunity for Service –  Honoring Jordyn - Meals for Trans Heartline House

Calling all cooks, drivers and volunteers to show God's love to those in the Transgender community as they come to the Bay Area for Gender Confirmation surgery. Jordan Decker, the founder and Executive Director of Transheartline, has created a warm inviting home environment in San Anselmo to welcome and provide a safe affordable place for post-surgery recovery and healing. Come join us in honoring Barbara Royall's granddaughter, Jordyn, by making the guests at TransHeartline feel welcome, cared for, and valued as they heal from their surgery.
Please click here to read PDF with details and how to volunteer.
Barbara Royall is coordinator of meals for Heartline House.
Click here to watch 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 8
Reconnecting with the Light
Chapter 3 pages 37-42

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

MOC – Marin Organizing Committee Upcoming Event
Monday, July 6th at 6:15pm: MOC Action with Senator Mike McGuire on Zoom
This is a meeting of our Marin Community. Our agenda includes expansion of the Earned Income Tax credit and other issues on MOC agenda like renter protection, healthcare access, affordable housing, programs for aging population. Our turn out goal is 350!

Register in advance for this meeting: Click here for link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Ralph Purdy or Bob Hirni for more information

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