First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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July 19, 2020 Worship Experience,
Video and Announcements

                                Photo by Nadya Spetnitskaya on Unsplash

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
• Updates from Pastor Cynthia
• 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
• Image – Who do I want to be during Covid 19 pandemic?

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Opening Song   How Can I Keep From Singing? Glory to God #821
                            Click here to watch Video

Service Video
Welcome, Reading, Scripture, Sermon and Song
                            Click here to watch video on Vimeo

Welcome   Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Opening Reading   Bread of Life read by Laurel Stevenson

a miracle occurs,
a seed is sown
in fertile ground,
grows, ripens
and in due season
will be harvested.

a miracle occurs,
from the simplest
of ingredients,
flour and water,
salt and yeast,
kneaded and formed.
Daily bread.

a miracle occurs,
your word is sown
in fertile ground,
grows, fruits
and in due season
will be harvested.

a miracle occurs,
as the purest
of ingredients,
love, hope
and joy make
broken lives whole,
Bread of Life.

Holy One of miracles and mysteries,
provider of
daily bread,
word of life
and love,
we offer you
our thanks. Amen.

- John Birch,

Scripture Reading  Matthew 13:33

Sermon  When Yeast is Activated    Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                 Click here for PDF of sermon
                 (video link listed at top of service)

Song  Come Fill Our Hearts   Taize
            John Steiner, piano Cynthia Cochran-Carney, singer


O God of light, we are in awe of your wisdom.
O God of night, we are enraptured by your mystery.
You are the fiery spark in our lives, the deep and wild joy.
You are the familiar song in our hearts, its tune beloved across time.

We are complicated people in a complicated world.
It’s difficult to know where to begin. We are prone
to pick and choose with our love, to dig deep loyalties,
to set our sights on justice by branding “right” and “wrong.”

How should we pray without betraying our own biases?
Your favor is for all people, your love cannot be withheld.
We pray that those in mourning will be comforted
and we ask that those longing for recognition will find companionship.

Holy Spirit, we whisper the prayers of our hearts.

If we are the mustard seed, or the yeast and flour;
if we are the pearls and treasures, or the netted fish;
in any event, we must change — grow and move,
be found and put to use; we are afraid of change.

O Holy Spirit, whisper the wisdom of the Divine into the ears of our hearts.

You are the way by which we live, O Christ.
You are the treasure in which we delight.
You are the love by which we grow.

- prayer adapted from piece by Rev. Rachel Hackenburg,

Closing Song   I am the Bread of Life   Toolan
                          Click here to watch video

May you listen to your longing to be free.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart
               that something good is going to happen to you..
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May your angel free you from the prisons of guilt, fear,
               disappointment, and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you, mind you,
               and embrace you in belonging.

-- John O’Donohue from Eternal Echoes

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

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

Update from Pastor Cynthia - Closing of Church Building and Memorial Service

Click here for update letter

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

Allies in Action: A Bay Area Conversation on channel 7. ABC7 News Anchor Kumasi Aaron spoke with Carla Wallace, a civil rights activist and co-founder of the Fairness Campaign and Showing Up for Racial Justice about what it means to be an ally. Scroll down in article to find link to longer video.
Click here for article and video

Jeffrey Cochran-Carney’s recent article – Black Lives Matter, Now More Than Ever
Click here for pdf

Dated List of our Enews Anti-Racism resources are now on the website and will be updated weekly.
Click here for list

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 22
Reconnecting with Spiritual Practice
Chapter 5 pages 59-64

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

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