First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa

Worship Service - September 26, 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.


Shall We Gather At the River?

Arranged by Joel Raney
Mary Kemnec, Flute
John Pavik, Piano

Celebrating God’s Presence

Let Us Worship God Together

Rev. Emily Stockert


God, You Spin the Whirling Planets

Franz Joseph Haydn | Jane Parker Huber
Chris Studer, Vocals
John Pavik, Organ


Jesus Son of God

By Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram & Matt Maher
Cassie Carroll, Jennie Warmack and Chris Studer, Vocals
Chris Studer, Piano & Acoustic Guitar
Eric Rundstrom, Electric Guitar

Prayer of Confession

Today's Worship Leader: David Irvine

Assurance of Forgiveness From Psalm 103


With A Voice Singing

Words and Music by Martin Shaw
David Irvine, Kris Irvine, Chris Studer, Ruth Batzel and Kay Oppenheimer, Vocals
John Pavik, Organ

Proclaiming God’s Word

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 (Common English Bible)
John How 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.


Leftover Fruit: Living in the Tension Between Good and Evil
2021 Fall Sermon Series: Living with Love & Loss – Genesis 1-12
Rev. Emily Stockert

Questions for Reflection

  • Do you remember a time when you realized the world was not as it should be?
  • What are the two broad categories that describe the ways in which our relationships with God and each other are disrupted or distorted? What are some ways these forms of idolatry manifest in our culture? In our personal lives?
  • What do you think of the idea that awareness of the difference between good and evil grows over time? Do we have a responsibility to actively engage with growing and maturing in our awareness?

Encouraging God’s People


Brokenness Aside

By David Leonard & Leslie Jordan
Penny Cleary and Chris Studer, Vocals
Chris Studer, Piano

Morning Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

David Irvine

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

Meditation on Psalm 91 (Eagle's Wings)

By Gene Hancock
John Pavik, Piano

Click here to give your offering.


Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

From The Presbyterian Hymnal, page 592
Text © Thomas Ken | Geneva Psalter, 1551
Music: Public Domain
John Pavik, Organ

Serving God’s World


Let All Things Now Living

Welsh Folk Melody
Chris Studer, Vocals
John Pavik, Organ


Rev. Emily Stocker


Chant Joyeux

By Ernest Halsey
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.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required
Email Format

View previous campaigns.