First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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Oct 4, 2020 – World Communion Sunday
Worship Experience, Video and Announcements
World Communion Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

  • Worship Service with prayers, special music, sermon and communion.              Zoom Communion Today, October 4, 10:45 am
  • Adult Ed Class – Today, October 4, 11:00 am on Zoom “Our Unhoused Neighbors”
  • Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
  • Roofless Church 9:00 am on Sundays in October
  • Wednesday Zoom Conversations – This week’s presenter - Mike Stone
  • Patio Shower for baby Isla – Sunday Oct. 11
  • Memorial Service for Binny Fischer – Oct. 24
  • THANK YOU! Donations for helping those affected by fires in Sonoma
  • Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism
  • Loving Our Neighbors – Pedal for Protein fundraiser
  • 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

Church Calendar -

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Opening Music      Baba Yetu      by Christopher Tin
                               "Baba Yetu" means "Our Father" in Swahili.
                                This is a translation of the Lord's Prayer sung by
                                Stellenbosch University Choir, South Africa
                                Click here to watch video

Service Video – Welcome, Reading, Special Music, Sermon and Communion
                          Click here for video on YouTube
                          Click here for video on Vimeo

Welcome      Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Reading      Table Blessing     read by Sue Rostoni

To your table
you bid us come.
You have set the places,
you have poured the wine,
and there is always room,
you say,
for one more.

And so we come.
From the streets
and from the alleys
we come.

From the deserts
and from the hills
we come.

From the ravages of poverty
and from the palaces of privilege
we come.

we come.

We hold the seeds of healing,
we dream of a new creation,
we know the things
that make for peace,
and we struggle to give them wings.

And yet, to your table
we come.
Hungering for your bread,
we come;
thirsting for your wine,
we come;
singing your song
in every language,
speaking your name
in every tongue,
in conflict and in communion,
in discord and in desire,
we come,
O God of Wisdom,
we come
      - by Jan Richardson

Special Music      Daniel Berkman, Kora

Scripture reading      Psalm 107:1-9

Sermon     A World Communion      Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                  Click here for PDF of sermon
                  (video link listed at top of service)

                   You are invited to have your own elements of bread and wine or
                   beverage so you may participate
                  Also Zoom communion at 10:45 (log in info below)

Song      We Are Marching in the Light of God – Siyahamba      from Zimbabwe
               Singers – Sandra Fisk, Leslie and Ralph Purdy, Martha Wall
               Click here for PDF of song

Offering       Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
                     Click here to learn more
                     Click here to donate on line or send a check to FPCSR

Closing Words

You were called to this table.
You were fed at this table.
You were united at this table.
Now, you are sent from this table
into all the world.
Go therefore into the world, with courage.
Set a place for all who hunger.
Fill the cup of all who thirst.
And as you go,
May the Spirit of power and love sustain you. Amen
        - from PCUSA Peace and Global Witness offering worship resources

Closing Music      Woyaya      by Annie Masembe from Uganda
                                                 Music by band Osibisa. Virtual choir from Vermont
                                                 Click here to watch video

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

Sunday, October 4, 11:00 am
Adult Education Class on Zoom 

(log in info below)

Our Unhoused Neighbors:  Updates, Challenges and Hope
Speakers:  Rev. Marty Tracy, Chaplain, The Street Chaplaincy Nick Morris,
Executive Director, The Street Chaplaincy

Come hear about what has been happening during the pandemic. Marty Tracy, the new Chaplain with the Street Chaplaincy, will share with us (via video) what it’s been like serving our unhoused neighbors during the Pandemic. Since Marty works at the Marin Medical Center on Sundays, Nick Morris, Executive Director of the Street Chaplaincy, will be with us in the Zoom Room to answer our questions.

Peace and Global Witness Offering, October 4
On October 4 we will collect one of four yearly special offerings by the PC(USA). This offering enables the entire Presbyterian denomination to collaborate in proclaiming Christ’s peace. 50% of the offering goes to the work of the global mission agency, 25% to presbyteries and 25% for local congregations to engage in peacemaking and ministries of reconciliation. 


PCUSA Peacemaking Project Virtual Choir Video  “This is My Song”
Click here to watch video

Roofless Church
Under the Redwoods
October 4, 11, 18 and 25
9:00 am – 9:45 am • Front patio of FPCSR 
Reservations required 
To reserve a space each week for upcoming Sunday worship service,
please email or call Susan Isler by Friday • 415-272-2526

New Wednesday Zoom Experience   
Zoom  @ 11:00 a.m.
(new time) Starting Oct. 7


October 7 – Mike Stone, leader
On Wednesday, October 7, we’ll watch and discuss a beautiful rendering of Neil Gaiman’s “subversive” poem “The Mushroom Hunters.” If you’d like to view the video (about five minutes long) ahead of time, here’s a link.

First and third Wednesdays of the monthSharing Something that Moves You
You are invited to share a link to a video or documentary you've enjoyed, a poem or book or reading that is meaningful, a trip that stands out to you, or tell a personal story about something that has left an impression on your life. When you come across something you'd like to share, schedule a Wednesday Zoom time to share it and facilitate the conversation with 415-272-2526.  You all have so many diverse interests and life experiences, we'd like to hear about them!  

Second and Fourth Wednesdays – Topics and conversation around a theme
Cynthia, Lorna and others will facilitate more open conversations around a reading or theme for the day. 

Baby Shower for Isla
Sunday, Oct. 11, 9:45 – 10:15 on the patio

All are welcome to a joyous but brief shower for baby Isla (pronounced eye-la) following the Roofless Church service
on Oct. 11. 
She is 4 months old and becoming more active, keeping her parents Nicole and Joel on their toes. Gifts and cards may be brought to church that day or dropped off at the church office in advance. Suggested gifts: clothing 5 – 9 months, diapers, gift cards, books, age appropriate toys & manipulatives

Online Memorial Service for Binny Fischer, 
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:00 amA live online Zoom memorial service will be held at Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 am (Pacific Standard Time). A link for the special Zoom meeting and instructions will be sent out closer to the date of the service. 
The service will also be recorded and can be viewed anytime.  
Memorial Donations in memory of Binny may be made to FPCSR.  Checks may be sent to the church or donations made online on church website. 

Many Thanks!

Thanks to those of you who have contributed toward gift cards for those affected by the fires in Napa.  We received a note from Rev. Curran Reichert from First Congregational Church of Sonoma thanking FPCSR for our generous donations which were used for:
  • groceries and needed goods "comida para todos" for those without transportation for gas, grocery and Target cards given to the Health Center and La Luz serving the most vulnerable
  • Target cards being used by El Verano School to help parents with back-to-school expenses
  • We continue to pray for our neighbors in Napa and Sonoma County as the Glass Fire burns more homes and businesses.
Lorna Wuertz, Member of Mission Committee

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

St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Marin City Fundraiser – Black Lives Matter Mural on
T-Shirts & Bags

St. Andrew is among many congregations struggling to find new revenue streams to replace funds lost from facility rentals. 
St Andrew has a beautiful Black Lives Matter mural that was created by folks who participated in a BLM march in Marin City. You can buy a t-shirt or tote bag print of the mural here
The pop-up online store is only open until Oct. 15.

Dated List of our Enews Anti-Racism resources from previous weeks. 
Click here for list.

Loving Our Neighbors – The Mission Committee


Pedal for Protein – P4P

Help Support Local Food Banks and Pop-Up Pantries in Northern CA in this time of great need  
Click here to learn about the food pantries Pedal for Protein supports.  
Click here to donate


Book Groups

Women’s Book Group
The women have a book for our October 28 zoom room meeting at 3:00 pm. When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams. 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. October book - The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb
October 8, Part I
October 22, Part II and III

All men are welcome.
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   Adult Ed Speakers and Conversations

Wednesday Conversations   11:00    updated – use this info
Church members lead discussions on topics they are interested in. 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 -

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First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901

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