First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ

Worship Service every Sunday at 10:30 am

Operating as usual

02/25/2021

When do you feel the closest to God? When do you feel the furthest from God? | @sanctifiedart

02/24/2021

“In this image, God’s hands hold various animals and plant life, and are surrounded by the bands of the rainbow, shielding Creation from the swirling waters of chaotic destruction. I chose not to image humanity because the hands are at once God’s and ours. We must respond to God’s covenant by protecting and keeping the earth. It is our responsibility; it is our calling. God meets us where we are—utterly dependent and bound toward self-destruction—with a promise sealed with a bow bursting with the endless spectrum of colors light holds.”
— from the artist statement for “In Our Hands” by Lauren Wright Pittman | @sanctifiedart

02/23/2021

“I somehow came to religion in my teens. I came to my denomination in seminary after learning more about the Reformed tradition. Reformed theology emphasizes God’s initiative, which is consistent with my own experience. I can’t tell you that I ever really found God. It was God who found me, and kept finding me throughout my life. Whether I was observant or indifferent about my faith, God was always close by.”
— Rev. T. Denise Anderson
Commentary on Mark 1:9-15 for @sanctifiedart

02/22/2021

“We might expect the long-awaited Messiah to greet his new followers like the kings before him have—with a pompous coronation, with hunger to exert power and control over his populus. Instead, Jesus steps in line along the river’s edge, blending in with the crowds, joining in solidarity with those around him. Jesus doesn’t demand any attention, but as soon as the water washes over him, creation is summoned to celebrate. I imagine him wading into the waters and leaning back to receive the blessing that falls upon him like rain: ‘You are my beloved. I delight in you.’”
— from the artist statement for “I Delight in You” by Lisle Gwynn Garrity | @sanctifiedart

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First Sunday in Lent

God meets Jesus at the water before he is tempted in the wilderness—this is important. First and foremost, God claims us. God meets us in the liminal space, at the water’s edge, at the threshold of something new, and names us Beloved. God’s covenant with all of creation reminds us that God meets us where we are—in the midst of our reluctance, doubt, eagerness, or weariness—and proclaims we are good.

Jesus is at the edge of the water, at the edge of Jerusalem, at the edge of the wilderness and the Spirit declares him Beloved. No matter what edges we find ourselves at, we always begin as Beloved.

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ Rev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music Director"On a Hill Far Away (The Old ...

02/21/2021

“Gracious God, you see me when I am down, and you invite me to tell you about it. You ask me, ‘What is your name?’ And in that moment, I can respond with the lies that cover me, or I can respond, ‘I am a child of God.’ No matter what I say, I know that you love me. What a gift to be seen and called by name. Amen.”
—Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC

02/20/2021

“In this image, I have represented a woman spinning up out of a whirlpool, her face shining up at the sun. She rises above the ruins of ancient cities. Background motion spins up with the energy of the woman who represents the Holy Spirit, who represents the oppressed breaking free from the yoke, breaking ‘forth like the dawn’ (Isaiah 58:8).”
— from the artist statement for “Dawn” by Hannah Garrity | A Sanctified Art LLC

02/19/2021

“God invites us into thorough self examination and authentic relationship. In this image, a person kneels with arms extended, basking in the glow of God’s all-encompassing love. It is in the true pursuit of God, this intimate, inward turning, that God sees you. It is in our full, embodied, intentionality that we find deep connection with God and ourselves. This is the reward.”
— from the artist statement for “Invited In” by Lauren Wright Pittman | A Sanctified Art LLC

02/18/2021

“Friends, you’ve got mail.
It’s an invitation to dust off your shoes,
To go deeper,
To trust that you’re worth it,
To lose your keys and your faith,
And then to find them both, along with your worth.
You are invited.
We are invited.
Again and again and again.
This invitation is for you.”
— Excerpt from “Invited” by Rev. Sarah Are
@sanctifiedart

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Ash Wednesday Service 2021

Today with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin our journey toward the Resurrection. The beginning of Lent brings a new invitation—an invitation into a deeper life of faith, an invitation to renewed spirituality, and an invitation into deeper awareness of God and self.

Traditionally, the ashes used to mark our foreheads or hands with the sign of a cross are made by burning palm fronds from the previous Palm Sunday celebration.

Here is an ashes hack (instructions) on how you may do this safely at home:

Take a No. 2 pencil and on a piece of paper scribble the sign of the cross over and over until you have a fair amount of "lead" on the paper. Next simply press this pencil cross against your forehead , pencil cross side pressed against your skin. Rub the clean paper side a few times to get a good transfer of the scribbles on your head. You will notice in the Ash Wednesday service video (link below) that our choir members have created their own varied methods of wearing the Ashes today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqBNNzocrcM&feature=emb_logo

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ Rev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music DirectorThe Choir of First Congregati...

02/17/2021

“The kind of religion [Jesus] promoted wasn’t performative, as so much of religious life can be. We give because it is necessary. Prayer prioritizes God’s will, not our words. Fasting produces spiritual, not physical evidence. What we value is different. … Again and again, God invites us into fuller ways of being. There is no better time to accept that invitation than now, when so much is different. Maybe no ashes mark our foreheads today, but they can still mark our hearts.”
— Rev. T. Denise Anderson
A Sanctified Art LLC

02/13/2021

Sunday 2 14 2021

We do not live in a land ruled by Kings, as the hearers of our Psalm did. Nevertheless, the petitions of the psalmist for justice, deliverance, defense of the poor and oppressed, and peace for all peoples is an undergirding theme of our faith. We are reminded that a just society is one that proclaims “these lives are precious” and worthy of protection. God, indeed, is holding our lives.

Happy Communion Sunday! Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ Tami Groves, Senior Pastor; Reec...

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Communion Sunday 2 7 21

Today’s Psalm comes late in the Book and offers a glimpse of a time when the exiled outcasts are gathering back together and seeing their world built back up. We too, yearn for a re-gathering and a day when we sing our praises and play our instruments with abandon together again. We wait, we hope, we stay firm in our faith, knowing as our ancient ancestors did, that God is indeed holding our lives.

youtube.com Happy Communion Sunday! Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ Tami Groves, Senior Pastor; Reec...

youtube.com 01/31/2021

Worship Service for 5th Sunday in January

In the midst of the pandemic, it can often feel like nothing good will ever happen again. The Psalmist in our reading today recognizes that gratitude can be a healing practice during times of great troubles. Do you have a spiritual practice of gratitude? What are you grateful for today? How do you express your gratitude to others? to God? Do you notice a shift within your spirit when you practice gratitude?

youtube.com Happy Fifth Sunday in January! Scripture: Psalm 111First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of ChristTami Groves, Senior Pastor; Reece Owe...

[01/25/21]   What if you held it lightly?

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Worship Service January 24, 2021

In these weeks leading up to Lent, we are looking to the Psalms for comfort and strength. In Psalm 62 the poet declares that only in God will we find rest. God is our "One & Only" source of steadfast love, comfort, strength, and refuge. Where do you find hope? How has God been your refuge & rest?

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of ChristTami Groves, Senior Pastor; Reece Owens, Music Director; Wendy Loomis, Accompanist"God I...

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Worship Service - God Is Holding Your Life - 1.17.2021

We are in the midst of tumultuous times! The violence around and within is threatening to disrupt, destroy, and annihilate everything in its path. We have an opportunity to stand in Love and refuse to believe that God has forgotten their children. The poet of Psalm 139 beautifully describes the loving intimacy we share with our Creator. I invite you to lesson to God's love song to humanity found in this Psalm.

This is where you will find the Music & Meditation video:

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of ChristTami Groves, Senior Pastor"God Is Holding Your Life" Theme Song, by Richard Bruxvoort Co...

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Epiphany Service

Dear Friends,
Today is the day of Epiphany! The Magi refer to Jesus as the “king of the Jews”—he is not their king. They do not share a culture or religious tradition with Jesus, and somehow, they recognize his power and come to pay homage. In ancient Greek, the meaning of the word Epiphany is a manifestation or appearance. How have you seen God's dreams manifest in your life?

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San FranciscoRev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music Director/Video EditingAisha Campbell, Alto Section LeaderJack D...

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Sedition and Silence

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01/03/2021

Away in a Manger

Aisha Campbell offers a beautiful Christmas song in our collective look towards the Epiphany. Please enjoy!

01/03/2021

Away in a Manger

Aisha Campbell offers a beautiful Christmas song in our collective look towards the Epiphany. Please enjoy!

12/27/2020

Christmas Carol Medley

The Choir at First Congreagational Church of SF worked hard to contribute to a special Christmas Carol Medley. We hope you enjoy! Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS

youtube.com 12/19/2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship Video

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent...Love. Today we will light the candle of Love and celebrate the joy of knowing the we are loved beyond measure by Divine Love. But sometimes the "oh no"s of our life can draw our attention away from that Love.

“If Mary’s fear had subsided by seeing her cousin face-to-face, then surprise replaced it. Surprise, because until that moment, Mary had been caught up in the ‘oh no’ parts of her life. She was very young, engaged, still at home with mom and dad, and now pregnant with God’s baby. Those are a lot of “oh no’s” to handle all at once. And those ‘oh no’s’ dominated Mary’s mind. Those ‘oh no’s’ caused her to forget what else that angel had said to her on that day. Mary had forgotten what the angel had called her when he first laid his holy eyes on her face. ‘Greetings, favored one,’ the divine messenger proclaimed. ‘The Lord is with you.’. . . Mary had forgotten that beginning part of their conversation until Elizabeth’s reaction of joy and confidence reminded her. Mary had been so caught up in the fear, in the haste, in the ‘oh no’ parts of her life, she had completely forgotten the angel first addressed her as favored one, as one her God claimed.”

—Shannon Kershner. “Singing Mary’s Song.”

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San FranciscoRev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music Director Wendy Loomis, AccompanistAisha Campbell, Alto Section ...

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Third Sunday of Advent Worship Video

This Sunday is the third of Advent! In our text, Mary offers a prophetic vision of the world awash with the joy of the fullness of God! Scripture is flooded with dream-like images: the lion lying down with the lamb, justice rolling like a mighty river, swords being beaten into plowshares, the prisoner being set free,
good news to the oppressed, the whole world rejoicing. Let's join in the expressions of joy and celebrate the "anticipatory joy" (Dr. Marcia Riggs) of Mary's dream.

How will you sow seeds of anticipatory joy this week?

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San FranciscoRev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music Director Wendy Loomis, AccompanistHymn "My Soul Gives Glory to ...

youtube.com 12/04/2020

Second Sunday of Advent Worship Service

This Sunday is the second of Advent! John stands in the wilderness and beckons us to prepare the way for the one who will be God among us! We are urged to be prepare the way!

To prepare the way for just peace is a choice that we must make daily. Messengers know that what we see is not all there can, will, or should be. Messengers face the troubles of the world receptively, perceptively, and attentively as they proclaim, “We shall overcome.”(Dr. Marcia Riggs)

How will you prepare the way during this time of active waiting?

This is where you will find a beautiful music, and words for dreamers!

youtube.com First Congregational Church of San FranciscoRev. Tami Groves, Senior PastorReece Owens, Music Director Wendy Loomis, AccompanistHymn "O Come O Come Emmanuel"...

12/04/2020

Virtual Choir - "I Believe" by Mark Miller

The Choir of First Congregational Church of San Francisco presents "I Believe" by Mark Miller, accompanied by Wendy Loomis
"I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining,
I believe in love, even when I don't feel it,
I believe in God, even when God is silent" These anonymous, simple, and gorgeous lyrics were found inscribed onto a wall in a concentration camp. The benediction spoken by Senior Pastor Rev. Tami Groves echoes these most poignant words.
Video/Audio editing by Reece Owens
Liturgy & poetry by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
Graphic Design by Lauren Wright Pittman | Original photography by Lisle Gwynn Garrity | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
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11/27/2020

First Sunday of Advent Worship Service

Dear Friends,
This Sunday is the first of the Advent season! This is our invitation to enter into active waiting for the Christ child to be born!

To begin Advent amid pandemic and protest is a befitting point of departure for 21st-century people of God. We are being reminded that to be the people of God requires an ethical posture of attentiveness, to “keep awake.” (v. 37) The text charges us to “keep awake” because we do not know the day or the hour when the fullness of “God with us” will be realized. (Dr. Marcia Riggs)

How will you stay awake during this time of active waiting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My50nhoexXI

First Congregational Church of San Francisco Rev. Tami Groves, Senior Pastor Reece Owens, Music Director Wendy Loomis, Accompanist First Congregational Churc...

11/20/2020

11 22 20 Sunday Worhsip

Jesus says God is so close to us that when we feed the hungry we are feeding God! Wow! Jesus is telling us (again) that our lives are intimately interwoven with each other and God. Division is the delusion. How would that change your life if you believed that to be true?

First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ Rev. Tami Groves, Senior Pastor Reece Owens, Music Director Scripture: Mark 25:31-46 Hy...

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Today! Trust In God's Abundance! Music & Meditation 11.15.20

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Trust In God's Abundance! Music & Meditation 11.15.20

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Today! Get Ready & Wait! (Sunday 11.8.20)

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Get Ready & Wait! (Sunday 11.8.20)

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11/04/2020

Election Day Meditation + Lord's Prayer

A brief (6mins) Blessing & Sung Prayer for Election Day https://youtu.be/Ymtder_u9Fk

Election Day Meditation + Lord's Prayer First Congregational Church of San Francisco Rev. Tami Groves, Senior Pastor Reece Owens, Music Director Gabrielle Go...

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Election Day Meditation & Sung Prayer

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sojo.net 11/03/2020

Prayers, Please: Ways to Pray for Election Day

Here are some opportunities for collective prayer on this Election Day!

sojo.net After you vote, while you wait in line to vote, or while you anxiously tune in as votes are tallied, here are places that you can pray on Election Day.

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We gather on Sunday morning at 10:30. You are invited to join us.

First Congregational Church of San Francisco (FCCSF) is an inclusive community of faith in the heart of the city–where Lower Nob Hill meets the Tenderloin and Little Saigon.

We gather in a building that contains a beautiful sanctuary of peace which reflects our deepest commitment: to become a place of love, gratitude and hospitality in a city and world that needs more understanding, compassion and justice.

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Away in a Manger
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Virtual Choir - "I Believe" by Mark Miller

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Designated Minister: Rev. David J. Cowell

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Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30
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