Worship Bulletin—October 9, 2022

Prelude: Nada Te Turbe

Nada te turbe, nada te espante
(let nothing trouble you, let nothing scare you)
Quien a Dios tiene nada le falta
(one who loves God needs nothing)
Nada te turbe, nada te espante
(let nothing trouble you, let nothing scare you)
Solo Dios basta
(only God is enough)

“Nada Te Turbe” by Jacques Berthier
© 1986, 1991, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications Inc. agent

Call to Worship
Rosemarie Eichner-Raja

One: Come, children of God,
All: rejoice in your Maker!
One: Sing songs and hymns, old and new;
All: celebrate with voices and instruments,
with praise and prayers!

One: Open your eyes to the life-giving presence of Jesus Christ.
All: For God is already here, among us and within us.
One: God’s love endures forever!
All: Let’s praise our God together!

Song: Oh Our Lord

Oh our Lord
Oh our Lord
How majestic is your name in all the earth

We behold the rising sun, the earth awakes, your hope has come
We look to you, we long for you oh Lord

We behold the breaking dawn, the light that shines over everyone
We look to you, we long for you oh Lord

We behold the falling rain like waters rise and flood this place
We reach for you, we cling to you oh Lord

Oh your name is a light in the darkness
Oh your name is the word of truth
Oh your name, oh your name

“Oh Our Lord” by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, Paul Baloche
© 2011 Integrity Worship Music, Integrity’s Praise! Music, Leadworship Songs, Little Way Creative; CCLI License # 133385

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,
You pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.
We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.
We have not loved you with a pure heart,
nor have we loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not done justice, loved kindness,
or walked humbly with you, our God.
Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness.
In your great compassion, cleans us from our sin.
Do not cast us away from your presence,
or take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.

Assurance of Pardon

One: Friends, believe the good news.
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and are being made whole. Amen.

Passing the Peace

One: The peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.


Rev. Mark Stryker

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9

All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them is vanity, since the same fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to those who sacrifice and those who do not sacrifice. As are the good, so are the sinners; those who swear are like those who shun an oath. This is an evil in all that happens under the sun, that the same fate comes to everyone. Moreover, the hearts of all are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no more reward, and even the memory of them is lost. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished; never again will they have any share in all that happens under the sun.

Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do. Let your garments always be white; do not let oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that are given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skilful; but time and chance happen to them all. For no one can anticipate the time of disaster. Like fish taken in a cruel net, and like birds caught in a snare, so mortals are snared at a time of calamity, when it suddenly falls upon them.

I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed important to me. There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siege-works against it. Now there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, ‘Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.’
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but one bungler destroys much good.

One: The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: The Meaning of Wisdom

Rev. Tom Elson

Musical Reflection: Center

Lord’s Prayer

Tim Tia

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Call to Give

Caroline Taylor

Song: Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer; there is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom, my steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus; for my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken, for by my side, the savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing, for in my need, his power is displayed
To this I hold, my shepherd will defend me; through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven; the future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon, and he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated; Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus, for he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me, until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus; all the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat: yet not I, but through Christ in me!

“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson
© 2018 CityAlight Music, Farren Love And War Publishing, Integrity’s Alleluia! Music; CCLI License # 133385


Rev. Tom Elson


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If you are new to First Pres and would like to learn more about the church,
fill out a Connect Card here and check out the events below.

Second-Sunday Book Sale (October 9, for 30 minutes after the worship service, Courtyard) Come find a non-fiction literary treasure to add to your home library or to gift to friends and family! Discover books on how-to’s, health, travel and more.

For other Sunday programs, click HERE.

Alternative Worship Service (October 16, 5 pm, Sanctuary) Join us monthly to engage in honest conversation around the intersection of everyday living and faith. Worship in community through music, dialogue, and a hands-on service component. Experience rhythms of worship that are familiar but delivered in new and different ways.

This is Crucial Podcast (New Season) Hosted by pastors Charlene Han Powell and Amos Disasa, join us for conversations focused on healing justice, equity and transformation. To watch episode 1 with guest Jeff Chu, click HERE.

Supporting Youth Mental Health: Workshops for Parents & Caregivers (Tuesdays in October, Via Zoom) Come connect, receive encouragement, and hear from the Berkeley Christian Counselors (BCC). Attend one or all! To see workshop topics and register for free, click HERE.

Faith and Film Series (October 14, 7 pm, Geneva Hall, G202) Examine the relevant medium of film in exploring themes such as love and morality. The next film, The Truman Show, explores the discovery of self and greater truths and the intersection with faith. To register, click HERE.

MENS Breakfast (October 22, 8 am, Geneva Hall, G202, Free hot meal) Men of all ages are invited to gather in an intentional space created for supporting each other in relationship, life, and faith. Guest speaker will be David Gill, former President of New College of Berkeley. To RSVP, contact Michael Farnola.

Street Meal (2nd and Last Saturday each month, 3–6:30 pm, Westminster Gym) Provide meals to our community. Be an important part of the team as a server or on our kitchen crew. For questions, contact Lars Stenstedt. To sign up, click HERE.

Newcomer Lunch (Sunday, October 16, 11:30 am–12:45 pm, Calvin Room) Entering a new community can be overwhelming, so we invite you to gather with our pastors and welcome team over lunch. We’ll answer your questions and, more importantly, get to know you! To register by October 12, click HERE or visit the Welcome Table on Sunday.

Starting Point (Class dates: October 23 & 30 and November 6, 9–10 am; November 20, 11:45 am–1 pm, G207) Whether you’re curious about what animates us, want to get involved, or would like to explore making this your home church, Starting Point is for you. Join us in a welcoming space for questions, conversation, and connecting deeply with others. To register by October 16, click HERE.