August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020 – Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

The service is found at

Prelude Sonata No 4 Largetto (GF Handel) Robert Murray- violin
Call to Worship (John 6:35)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of life,
Call us into your presence that we might hope.
Teach us of your love that we might know your way.
Feed us with your grace that we might live now and forever.
For we have gathered as your people in our individual homes but united as one by the cross of Jesus Christ, Amen.

First Lesson: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Christine Morrison
Second Lesson: Romans 9:1-5 Gordon Morrison
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Sermon “Because God Provides”

Meditative Music Break Now the Bread of Life
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Love Divine

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
From August 3-6th please contact the Rev. Derek Elsworth at 902-833-2920
From August 7th onward 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 #42 Justice – We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to commit to the recognition and implementation of Aboriginal justice systems in a manner consistent with the Treaty and Aboriginal rights of Aboriginal peoples, the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by Canada in November 2012.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 9, 2020)

Psalm 85:8-13 • Romans 10:5-15 • Matthew 14:22-33

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