August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020 – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

The link to the service is

Prelude Are You Ready? (Charles Lowe) Charles and Al Lowe
Call to Worship (John 15:16)
(Jesus said) “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed
you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give
you whatever you ask him in my name.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
Eternal God, with the start of each morning you promise us a new
day. Allow us to see what we have not seen before and with eyes and
hearts open to you show us the wonder of what you have created and
what you are still creating. For we have gathered to listen and learn
as your people in Jesus name, Amen.

First Lesson: Psalm 85:8-13 Mavis Murray
Second Lesson: Romans 10:5-15 Robert Murray
Gospel: Romans 10:5-15
Sermon “Walking on Water”

Meditative Music Will You Come and Follow Me
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour

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 and have a safe environment in the church.

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 #43 Canadian government’s/UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – We call upon federal,
provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and
implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
This day is celebrated to create awareness and conserve the rights of
Indigenous people. It also focuses on enriching the culture of Indigenous
people around the world. Indigenous people are the original natives who
live in a particular place, the earliest known inhabitants of an area. They
maintain traditions and other cultural aspects associated with that region.
Except for Antarctica, indigenous peoples once inhabited every continent
of the world. Indigenous peoples believe that the man belongs to the
world, while “civilized” people believe that the world belongs to the

Your Social Justice Committee also invites you to note that 12 August is
International Youth Day. The theme for 2020 is “Youth Engagement
for Global Action” and seeks to highlight the ways in which the
engagement of young people at local, national and global levels is
enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as
draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal
institutional politics can be significantly enhanced. Use #YouthDay for
all your tweets on International Youth Day.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 16, 2020)
Psalm 67 • Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 • Matthew 15:21-28

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