First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa

Worship Service - May 16, 2021

If you are visiting our Online Worship for the first time, we welcome you. It is our hope that you encounter God and are enriched by your worship with us. The first video is a continuous worship experience eliminating the need to click on each video individually.

The format below is designed for you to click your way through each element which together forms a cohesive and whole worship experience.


Prélude fantastique

By Charles Griffes
John Pavik, Piano

Celebrating God’s Presence

Let Us Worship God Together

Rev. Dale Flowers


When Morning Gilds the Skies

By Joseph Barnby, Trans. Edward Caswall
Penny Cleary and Chris Studer, Vocals
John Pavik, Piano


Called Me Higher
By Leslie Jordan
Jennie Warmack and Chris Studer, Vocals
Chris Studer, Piano and Acoustic Guitar
Eric Rundstrom, Electric Guitar

Affirmation of Faith

Today's Worship Leader: Elaine Carlson


Go Into the World

Ensemble: Kay Oppenheimer, Sue Magnuson, Penny Cleary, Karen Dieterle, Kris Irvine and Barb Lawson, Vocals
John Pavik, Organ

Proclaiming God’s Word

Scripture Readings: Matthew 28:18-20 & James 2:14-24 (New International Version)
Lia Huber is reading Scriptures this week.

The Scripture readings and text are included in the sermon recording. You may also refer to the passage using this link.


Everything Else is Secondary to This

2021 Spring Sermon Series: A Community We Can Call Home
Rev. Dale Flowers

Questions for Reflection

  • Jesus charges the apostles to “go and make disciples.” How is the term “apprentice” perhaps a better description for what it means to learn about Jesus than the designation of a disciple?
  • Dale states that the Church has always made teaching integral to its existence, but it has not been good at training people how to live and love like Jesus. What activity, practice, or life experience has contributed the most to your sense of being “trained” as a follower of Jesus?
  • To someone who proclaims faith in Jesus, but whose actions do not support such a claim, the author James says their faith is dead or useless. How would you describe the relationship of behavior or deeds to our professed faith as a Christian?

Encouraging God’s People


I Am For You

By Rory Cooney
Anna Vandordrecht and Chris Studer, Vocals
Chris Studer, Piano and Acoustic Guitar

Morning Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Elaine Carlson

How can we pray for you?

Even though some of us are unable to gather together in one place right now, we are committed to praying for you. Click here to submit your confidential prayer requests to our Director of Caring Ministries.

Offertory & Reflection

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

John Pavik, Organ

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Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
from *The Presbyterian Hymnal*, page 591
Text © Neil Weatherhogg, 1990 | Geneva Psalter, 1551
Music: Public Domain
John Pavik, Organ


Week of May 16, 2021

Serving God’s World


Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples

By Ralph Vaughan Williams | Kenn Carmichael
Chris Studer, Vocals
John Pavik, Organ


Rev. Dale Flowers


Go Ye into All the World
By James McGranahan
John Pavik, Organ

First Kids

Darcy Fluitt

At 9:00: Infants through kindergartners gather downstairs for playtime and Bible stories. 1st through 6th graders are always welcome and encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families.

At 10:30: Infants through Kindergartners gather downstairs for activities, music, Bible stories, and outdoor play.

1st through 6th Graders are invited upstairs to join their small group leaders for activities, worship, and relationships. If you are traveling and/or cannot join in person, we provide links for videos, activities, and discussions giving you a 20 – 30 minute meaningful family experience custom-designed to the age of your kids.

Click here to go to a YouTube channel for Bible story videos created for preschool, elementary and preteen kids!

Youth Rendevous

Cory Myers

Join us upstairs in Room 224 each Sunday for Rendevous at 10:30 - a time when we work to remove barriers that can prevent us from experiencing God. We listen, sing, pray, laugh, and learn.

Visit our archive page for previous worship services.

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