August 30, 2020

August 30, 2020 – Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Great is Thy Faithfulness Hee-jung Choi and Kenji Omae

Call to Worship (Isaiah 48:17)
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of hope and love,
When we are filled with fear and worry, remind us of your grace.
When we are unsure and uncertain, surround us with your love.
When we can not see the way ahead, grant us your vision.
For we wish to be your people and learn and grow in the way of Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 26:1-8
Second Lesson: Romans 12:9-21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
Sermon “Being in the Right Place”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Jesus Calls Us
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude In the Garden Bell Choir (taped May 19, 2019)

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. Throughout August the services at St. James are online at our website. A children’s worship story and activity is also available.

Congratulations and best wishes are extended to Adam Partridge and Vicky Heywood who were married yesterday in North Grant. May God bless them as they begin this new part of their life together.

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com.

The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

In person worship services at St. James will resume on September 6, 2020. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so we are asking that those who intend to come to the building for worship to please contact the church office at 902-983-2001.

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 performance from the St. James Bell Choir was taped in May 2019 before Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.

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 office@stjamesuc.com

Your Social Justice Committee hopes you will mark September 5, the International Day of Charity. This day seeks to promote and recognize charity and its role in easing humanitarian crises and suffering in the world. It also serves to recognize the work of charitable organizations and individuals around the globe whose philanthropic actions have contribute to the creation of more inclusive, resilient societies. Originally a Hungarian civil initiative to commemorate the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, it took off worldwide in 2012 when the UN declared it an international holiday. One of the most philanthropic individuals of our time, she died in 1997 at the age of 87, after a lifetime of charitable work with the sick and dying in India. Overall, this day reminds us that simple acts of charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises and create more inclusive and resilient societies. What can we as individuals do to help?

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #46 Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation – We call upon the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to develop and sign a Covenant of Reconciliation that would identify principles for working collaboratively to advance reconciliation in Canadian society. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections and should be read in the original text]

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 6, 2020)
Ezra 3:10-13 • Psalm 119:33-40 • Romans 13:8-14 • Matthew 18:18-20

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