August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020 – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Service can be found at

Prelude What a Friend We Have in Jesus Betsy MacDonald
Call to Worship (Micah 6:6-8)
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of love, let us hear your call to be your people, forgiven and holy, and to reach into the world with the good news of Jesus.
God of mercy, let us know your invitation to love as you love and to transform the world through our words and actions.
God of grace, let us answer your challenge to open the way for your will to be seen as we follow as disciples of the risen Christ, Amen.

First Lesson: Psalm 67
Second Lesson: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Rev. Meredith Marple
Gospel: Matthew 15: 21-28
Sermon “A Great Faith”

Meditative Music O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Open My Eyes That I May See

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

The online worship services will continue throughout August and into the fall. The tentative date for us to reopen for in person worship services is Sunday, September 6, 2020. The plan for us to reopen is still being worked on so that we ensure we are meeting all the public health requirements.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi (our organist) and Kenji Omae (video and editing) for sharing their gifts to make this service of worship possible. Thanks as well to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

The church office is closed for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 902-863-2001.

The Rev. Peter Smith is away on holidays from July 27- August 24. If there is a pastoral emergency during the coming week please contact the Rev. Doug Stewart at at (902) 735-2102 or through the St. Martha’s Hospital Switchboard during the day (902) 867-4500.

The latest issue of Connections, is available on the website. If you would like a print copy email

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

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #44 Canadian government’s/UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – We call upon the Government of Canada to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to mark August 19 – World Humanitarian Day. This annual day pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world. On 19 August 2003 in Baghdad, Brazilian Sérgio Vieira de Mello was killed in the Canal Hotel bombing along with 20 other members of his staff, while working as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Representative for Iraq. Before his death, he was considered a likely candidate for UN Secretary-General. His death deprived the victims of armed conflict worldwide of a unique humanitarian of unmatched courage, drive and empathy who championed their cause fearlessly. This tragic event robbed the humanitarian community of an outstanding leader whose thinking, philosophy, dynamism and courage inspired all, and left a timeless legacy for coming generations to emulate. It’s hard to put into words exactly what humanitarians encounter on the job over the course of 24 hours. The impacts they have. The lives they change. The personal sacrifices they make. It’s a job where there really is no “switching off”. In emergency situations, there are no half days or overtime. Please pray for these real-life heroes.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 23, 2020)
Psalm 138 • Romans 12:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20

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