August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020 – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Service is at

Prelude In The Beginning Chris and Gord Morrison

Call to Worship (Isaiah 42:1,4)
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of mercy and hope,
You call us to hear your truth
and to turn away from lies and empty promises.
You call us to know your forgiveness,
to trust in your love, and to become a new creation.
You call us to walk together and share
the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth, Amen.

First Lesson: Psalm 138
Second Lesson: Romans 12:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Sermon “Two Questions, One Meaningful Answer”

Meditative Music I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude What A Friend We Have in Jesus

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.

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

To note August 29, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, your
Social Justice Committee invites you to reflect on two quotes:
“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.”
¯ Omar N. Bradley (General, United States Army)

“The thought that human beings are considering saving lives by killing millions of their fellow human beings is so preposterous that the words “saving life” have lost all of their meaning. One of the most tragic facts of our century is that this “No” to nuclear weapons has been spoken so seldom, so softly, and by so few.”
¯ Fr Henri Houwen (Dutch Catholic priest, professor,
writer and theologian)

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #45 Royal Proclamation and Covenant
of Reconciliation – We call upon the Government of Canada, on behalf of all Canadians, to jointly develop with Aboriginal peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown. The
proclamation would build on the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764, and reaffirm the nation-to-nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections and should be read in the original text]

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 30, 2020)
Psalm 26:1-8 • Romans 12:9-21 • Matthew 16:21-28

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