First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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June 28 Worship Experience – Pride Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

  • Worship Service with prayers, music links, and sermon
  • Video – Making the AIDS quilt and masks
  • Brief update on the building, survey and outdoor services
  • Opportunity for Service: Meals for Trans Heartline House
  • Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism
  • Wednesday Zoom Book Study Information
  • 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 – Pentecost Offering

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Opening Music Truly Brave arranged by Mac Huff    SF Gay Men’s Chorus
                           Click here for video

Opening Words Read by Dori Crawford
                            Click here for video

In your image, O God, you created everything and called it good!
In abundant diversity, your likeness is found in us.
We reject all messages that belittle or degrade any among us.
And so in faithfulness to God and one another we proclaim:
Sacred are our bodies of every size and ability.
Blessed are our sexualities, drawing us towards love of many kinds.
Beloved is every gender, revealing you in different ways.
To our skin, beautiful in every shade, we say hallelujah!
Praise God, our Creator, who blesses us with this world,
our bodies, and our fellow creatures, all created good, very good.

– Rev. M Barclay,

Song Let Us Build A House – All Are Welcome Glory to God hymnal #301
          Click here for video

Holy One, Source of Divine Love, you love all that you have created, and you celebrate the diversity of your creation. Throughout your history with your people, you have reminded us that those whom the world sees as the least are the greatest in your eyes. We ask that you give us the grace to celebrate with our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender siblings as they choose to live authentically in the world. Teach us to honor and celebrate their gifts, and help us to create a world in which LGBTQ teenagers and adults are loved, accepted and celebrated. We ask this in your many names. Amen.

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Reflections from Rev. Janie Spahr
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Scripture Reading Isaiah 64:2, Jeremiah 18:1-4

Meditation     Reshaped by the Potter
Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Click here for video of scripture readings and meditation
Click here for PDF of sermon

Song Change my Heart O God
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Prayers of Joys and Concerns
Take a few moments of silence as you lift up prayers
Please email prayers of joy and concern to Parish Associate Lorna Wuertz
Let her know if you would like any of your prayer requests shared on the email prayer chain

We lift those in our church family who are in special need of God’s love and comfort and peace – Mary P. and her family, Binny and her family

Prayer for Offering
Gracious God, you remind us not to hoard for ourselves, but to use our money and resources to welcome those who are looking for a community, to feed those who hunger for friendship, to serve those whom the world has cast aside. Here are our gifts, Holy God. We pray you will use them as well as us in the work of your kin-dom. Amen.
(Information about supporting our church’s ministries is listed below)

Listen! Listen for the voice of God, naming us all:
      Holy. Beloved. Cherished. Valued.
We believe you delight in us!
Make us people who recognize and proclaim your beauty
      and goodness in unexpected places.
Surprise us. Transform us.
We trust in you, Holy One, to reveal to us the sacredness of every life,
      of every way of being, of every physical manifestation of your Spirit.
May it be so!

– Rev. M Barclay,

Postlude You’ll Never Walk Alone by Rodgers and Hammerstein
                  Played by Alan Choy
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AIDS quilt and masks
"If we can do something simple like make masks, you can do something simple, like find a way to be helpful. And that's what I'd much rather be remembered for," said AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Mike Smith. He gives his “Brief But Spectacular” take on turning grief into action in this short video.
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Update about reopening the building, survey results and outdoor gathering from our pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney
As we seek to move forward cautiously to re-open the building for small gatherings and consider some outdoor services, there is much to consider in this Covid 19 pandemic. Thank you to those who completed the survey this week. If you did not receive the email survey, please contact me. Phone calls will be made to those who do not use email. A complete report on survey results will be sent out on Monday, June 29.

Reopening Phase 1 - Church Building Reopening Starting Monday, June 29
- Masks worn and maintain 6 feet physical distancing
- Groups of 10 or less may meet in Canoles Hall. Schedule with Ann Pope
- Limited church office hours
- Daily sanitizing will be done by church janitor of Canoles Hall, bathrooms and high    touch surfaces

Reopening Phase 2 – Outdoor services
Tentative date, time and content will be described in June 29 Special Enews

Grace and peace,

Opportunity for Service – 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.
Please click here to read PDF with details and how to volunteer.
Barbara Royall is coordinator of meals for Heartline House.

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

Statement on Racism Truth and Reconciliation from General Assembly of Presbyterian Church USA currently being held on line.
Click here to read

Racism Is of Immediate Importance in Marin County
Click here to read

Baratunde Thurston on How To Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time: Racism isn’t funny, but in this TED talk you’ll learn about the pervasive nature of racism using humor.
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 1
Reconnecting with the Light
Chapter 3 pages 29-37

Zoom Info
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

Financial Support

Our church continues to be a community of faith that provides spiritual inspiration, online worship, loving support while we shelter in place, and help for the most vulnerable in our community. We continue to pay all of our staff and maintain the building. Your financial support is needed and appreciated.

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 -

Pentecost Offering – special offering of PCUSA
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering is used by our congregation to support the Youth on the Move local programs, including after school enrichment for underserved Short School. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Donations for the Pentecost Offering may be sent by check. Make checks to FPCSR with note Pentecost Offering. Donations may also be made on line – use category “Other” and note Pentecost.

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

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