August 8, 2021

August 8, 2021 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
Creator, we come together today as diverse, united peoples to give thanks to you, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
We come to listen, to learn, to sing and pray, to consider our place in the order of things you have created and are creating.
It is right and good to give thanks for the land on which we stand, for this is wisdom we learn from Indigenous peoples of this land – that we are one with the earth, its waters, air, animals, and plants.
Such wisdom, our interdependence with all life, is something too easy to forget in our busy lives! It is a gift and a challenge to us to remember.
And so we take time to acknowledge the lands on which we now live.
Many of us have come from other places, arriving from distant shores, our families arriving years ago or some of us more recently. When settlers came, they were met by others who were already here, already knew these lands, already lived rich and full lives based on ancient and proud cultures.
Let us take time to acknowledge that we are worshipping here on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. O God, as we acknowledge the peoples who have lived on and stewarded these lands since time immemorial, and their continued claims to the land, help us to become neighbours that we might live together in better ways.
For we are all kin in Christ, “All My Relations,” with each other and this earth, its waters, air, animals, and plants.

Prayer of Approach (together):
We gather to share in the Creator’s rich design of life for all people. We gather to give and receive gifts of deep emotion, deep wisdom, and deep love. With deep gratitude we gather as community to praise the Creator, to seek evolution in ourselves, and reconciliation with our neighbours, and to celebrate the power of the Creator who is always with us. Amen.

Children’s story and Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 130 (p. 853 VU)
Out of the depths have I called to you. O God, hear my cry!
Let your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.
If you should keep account of what is done amiss,
O God, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
therefore we will honour you. R

I wait for you, God; my soul waits, and in your word is my hope.
My soul waits for God more than the watchers long for morning, more than the watchers long for morning.
O Israel, wait in hope, for with God there is love unfailing.
With God is great power to redeem,
to redeem you, Israel, from all your sins. R

First Lesson: Ecclesiastes 4:1-12
Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel Lesson: Luke 10:30-37
Anthem
Sermon: “Finding Neighbours Everywhere”.
(© The United Church of Canada, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence)

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayer of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

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 )

This morning we welcome Michèle Ashby who is leading our service of worship. The Rev. Peter Smith is on holidays from August 7th until September 2nd. If there is a pastoral emergency during that time 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.

Thanks to Amy Hendricks and Martha Palmer for sharing their gifts of music with us this day.

The prayers in this mornings service are by Read Sherman, a minister of Trinity United Church in Montreal and a participant in right relations work in Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council. © The United Church of Canada, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence

9 August is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.” After the tragic revelations of the past few months, no Canadian can doubt that we need to enter into a new and right relationship with Indigenous Peoples. What can we do individually to improve our relationships? 12 August is International Youth Day and serves to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. Celebrate the youth in your circle!

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #73 Missing Children and Burial Information – We call upon the federal government to work with churches, Aboriginal communities, and former residential school students to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries, including, where possible, plot maps showing the location of deceased residential school children. To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Psalm 111 ? St. Luke 18: 9 – 17

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