April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude Suite in D major “Overture” (G.F.Handel)
Hee-Jung Choi (organ) Andy Hirt (Trumpet)
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
Weeping may linger for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.
God turns our weeping to dancing
and clothes us in gladness.
Let us praise God and not be silent!
Let us shout our Hallelujahs for Christ is Alive!

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
God of grace, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead,
for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.
Renew your gift of life within us, increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ,
and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of
eternal life which is ours because of your love, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Jesus Christ is Risen Today

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Second Reading: I Corinthians 15:1-11
Anthem Because He Lives Charles Lowe
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: “The Good News for Peter and the Disciples”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Anthem: Christ is Risen as He Said (John Carter)
Ron Johnson, Andy Hirt, and Amy Hendricks (Violin)
A Litany for Easter (responsive)
On this day we celebrate the new life
which comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God, we thank you for the evidence of your life-giving power.
On this day we celebrate the new life
which follows humanity’s cruelty and violence.
God, we thank you for examples of human kindness and forgiveness.

On this day we celebrate new life
which follows the fear and despair the early followers felt.
God, we thank you for the signs of positive change
in the lives of your present-day disciples.
On this day we celebrate the new life
made possible by the power God’s love.
God, we thank you for the promise of our own resurrection whenever we, too, walk through times of fear and death.

On this Easter we proclaim together that Christ has died,
Christ is Risen,
and Christ will come again.
Hallelujah! Amen!

Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Suite in D major “March(Bourree)” (G.F.Handel)
Hee-Jung Choi (organ) Andy Hirt (Trumpet)

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. The services online are posted each week on our website ( www.stjamesuc.com )and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? You can mail a donation to St. James United Church, P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street, Antigonish NS B2G 2L6, drop it off in the mail slot, click on the “Donate” button on the website, or you can give monthly via PAR. For more information send an email to office@stjamesuc.com

4 April, in addition to being our Easter celebration, is the International Day for Mine Awareness & Action and National Refugee Rights Day. The theme for the former is: Perseverance, Partnership, Progress. Last year, the United Nations mine action community stepped up to face COVID-19 challenges. They continued to deliver results, fulfilling obligations, surveying, clearing, training, and eradicating the threat of landmines and explosive ordnance. In 2021 these challenges will require perseverance, but the work will continue. The UN advanced its work to mitigate the threat of improvised explosive devices and strengthened and built new partnerships. The UN will carry forward progress toward a world free from the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance. Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. It is an opportunity to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights as a result of the Singh Decision. Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the continued threats to those rights.

Also, this Thursday, April 8, at 12:30 pm local time, on the eve of the Liberal and New Democratic Party National Conventions, The United Church of Canada is inviting Canadians across the country to light a candle in support of a Guaranteed Livable Income or GLI. Building on recent heightened awareness of the importance of community health and well-being and on the demonstrated success of basic income programs, this unique opportunity calls on our government to roll out a GLI program in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leadership. “When people have a livable income, they can turn the heat on, pay for medications, have decent food, pay the rent, leave an abusive relationship, and plan for the future. Now is the time to make a lasting change in the system and encourage a more equitable society,” says the Very Rev Lois Wilson, former Moderator and senator.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #77 National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

    Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Acts 4:32-35 • 1 John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31

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