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Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude I’ll Fly Away/ Open My Eyes Guitar Group
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Isaiah 65:17-25 )
Celebrate and rejoice followers of Jesus,
for the Lord our God is doing a new thing.
Illness, disease, and mourning
shall be as a distant memory!
Hatred, war, and injustice
shall be banished from the earth!
For Christ is alive! The tomb is empty!
And through Jesus the new creation has begun!

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
Eternal and Loving God,
We listen for your word among us as
we live within the promise of the resurrection.
Speak your message of life to us this day,
and create the new heaven and new earth around us and within us.
Fill us with words of hope and grace, words of peace and love,
as you call us to be your people through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 218 VU We Praise You, O God
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 148 (p. 871)
First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35
Anthem: In His Love (Mark) Choir
Sermon “A New Commandment”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 593 VU Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 226 VU For The Beauty Of The Earth
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God.

LIFE OF ST. JAMES THIS WEEK
Sunday, May 15
11:30 am UCW meets in the Meeting Room following worship.
Tuesday, May 17
11:00 am Community Hot Meal program in the Hall.
7:00 pm Church Council via Zoom.
Thursday, May 19
6:30 pm Choir practice in the Sanctuary.
Saturday. May 21
9:00 am -12 pm Spring Clean Up St. James/St. Paul’s Cemetery, Cloverville Road. We welcome all who wish to help, bring a rake along if you are able. Rain Date: Saturday, May 28th
Sunday, May 22
11:30 am Coffee Hour resumes. Please join us in the hall for coffee and conversation.

Green Burials – St. James UCW is hosting a Q&A Session on Green Burials, Monday, May 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the Hall. Patrick Curry from Curry’s Funeral Home will answer questions about Green Burials. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St James UCW and Men’s Club Bursary- Interested applicants should submit a letter to St James United Church directly. The letter should indicate the applicant’s connection to St James and their plans for the upcoming academic year (community college, university, etc.). Preference will be given to confirmed members of St James United Church. It should also be noted that this is not a scholarship nor an award of merit, however applicants may choose to include any information that they think might be relevant to the selection committee. The selection
committee is four members – the minister, representatives from the Men’s and Women’s groups, and a representative of children’s worship program. Application deadline is Sunday, June 5th. The successful applicant will be notified at graduation, and the congregation will be notified in the bulletin following graduation, in late June. Submit letters of application to office@stjamesuc.com or drop off in the office mail slot.

FINANCIAL NEWS (To April 30, 2022)
Offering Last Month $17,015 Year-To- Date Offering $51,107
Required for Budget $19,444 Year-To-Date Budget $74,110

The Offering Last Month reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. This represents a -31.5% down from budgeted offerings. The Required for Budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place.
The Year-To-Date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2022, to the end of April. The Year-To-Date Budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of April, 2022.

Please note that today is the International Day of Families. There are many activities you could do to celebrate. Some include: making a family tree, singing “We are Family” together, playing a family version of “Guess Who?”, or writing a story or song about family and what it means to you. 21 May is the World Day for Cultural Diversity. Some fun activities could be: learning about another religion, watching an international film, listening to a different musical tradition, playing a sport related to a different culture (karate, cricket), or cooking a traditional food from a different culture.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Acts 16:9-15 • Psalm 67 • Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 • John 14:23-29

Sunday, May 8, 2022

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
In the darkest valley,
beside the still waters,
in the busy lives that we lead,
and in the moments of quiet and calm,
when we walk with Jesus
goodness and mercy follow us
all the days of our lives.

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
Loving Shepherd, you know us and you care for us.
You walk with us when we face darkness and death,
You fill us with your presence when we feel lost and alone.
You feed us at your table when we are fearful and in trouble.
Remind us as we worship that we are your sheep and
your love for us has no end, Amen.

Hymn: 415 VU God We Praise You For The Morning
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 95:1-7 (Part 1 p. 814)
First Reading: Acts 9:36-43
Second Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
Gospel: John 10:22-30
Anthem: I Want To Walk As A Child of the Light (Kathleen Thomerson)
Sermon “Sheep of the Good Shepherd”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 745 VU The Lord’s My Shepherd
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 595 VU We Are Pilgrims
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God.

Congratulations and best wishes to those who are receiving degrees or diplomas at Convocation today at St. FX. May God bless you this day and as you move to the next part of your journey.

LIFE OF ST. JAMES THIS WEEK
Tuesday, May 10
11:00 am Community Hot Meal program in the Hall.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Meeting Room.
4:00 pm Finance and Stewardship in the Meeting Room.
7:00 pm Worship Committee via Zoom.

Thursday, May 12
6:30 pm Choir practice in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, May 15
11:30 am UCW Meeting in the Sanctuary after service.

Save the date!!! Stump Frolic, Saturday, May 28th. More information to follow.

St James UCW and Men’s Club Bursary- Interested applicants should submit a letter to St James United Church directly. The letter should indicate the applicant’s connection to St James and their plans for the upcoming academic year (community college, university, etc.). Preference will be given to confirmed members of St James United Church. It should also be noted that this is not a scholarship nor an award of merit, however applicants may choose to include any information that they think might be relevant to the selection committee. The selection
committee is four members – the minister, representatives from the Men’s and Women’s groups, and a representative of children’s worship program. Application deadline is Sunday, June 5th. The successful applicant will be notified at graduation, and the congregation will be notified in the bulletin following graduation, in late June. Submit letters of application to office@stjamesuc.com or drop off in the office mail slot.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on May 10th. 80% of Canadian birds migrate south for the winter – sometimes travelling 1,000s of kilometres. We can help ensure their survival here by applying assorted window treatments to prevent window strikes. Check out FLAP Canada for ideas. Have you been seeing Great Blue Herons yet? Ruby Throated Humming Birds? Piping Plovers? Song Sparrows? Enjoy birding this summer!

FINANCIAL NEWS (To April 30, 2022)
Offering Last Month $17,015 Year-To- Date Offering $51,107
Required for Budget $19,444 Year-To-Date Budget $74,110

The Offering Last Month reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. This represents a -31.5% down from budgeted offerings. The Required for Budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place.
The Year-To-Date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2022, to the end of April. The Year-To-Date Budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of April, 2022.

Did you know? You can now use interact e-transfer to make your donation to St. James. E-transfers can be sent to eft@stjamesuc.com The funds are auto deposited no need for a security question. Please make sure your include name and address in the comment area.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Acts 11:1-18 • Psalm 148 • Revelation 21:1-6 • John 13:31-35

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 – Third Sunday of Easter
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
If you are tired and frustrated with life,
Come and cast your nets into Christ’s abundance.
If you are searching for meaning and hope,
Come and know that the Risen Christ is among us.
If you are carrying the pains of the past,
Come and live in the grace which Christ freely offers.

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
Merciful Lord, save us from ourselves,
for we often do the same thing over and over
expecting different results.
Gracious Lord, save us from our lack of vision,
for we exhaust ourselves trying to satisfy our hunger
not seeing the feast you offer to us.
Loving Lord, save us from not doing as you ask,
for we claim that we love you
yet so often we neglect your sheep.
Eternal Lord, save us by your grace,
for we hear you calling us to follow you, Amen.

Hymn: 563 VU Jesus You Have Come To The Lakeshore
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 30 (p. 757)
First Reading: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Anthem: Lord, I Stretch My Hands To You (Jay Althouse) Choir
Sermon “Do You Love Me?”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 372 VU Though I May Speak
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 501 VU Break Now The Bread Of Life
Sacrament of Holy Communion (responsive)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right and good to give God thanks and praise.

We thank and praise you, Eternal God, for you send Jesus Christ into the world to reclaim us. Your answer to our world lost in sin was a Saviour with the power to set us free and return us to your kingdom.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
We thank and praise you, Loving God, for Jesus Christ who has shown us your face and has spoken your words to a weary world.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Bless’d is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus shows us your way and allows us to hope of life eternal with you.
Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me, has seen my Father.”
We thank and praise you, Merciful God, for Jesus Christ who emptied himself and became a servant to all. He took upon himself our sins and suffered for our sakes. He was wounded for our transgressions and was killed to break the power of sin and death.
Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.”

Take this bread and bless it, that it might be for us the body of Christ.
Jesus said, “This is my blood which is shed for you.”
Take this cup and bless it, that it might be for us the blood of Christ.
Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Renew us as we share this bread and cup. Renew our weary spirits, fill our hearts with your love, and open our eyes to see the meaning and purpose of Christ’s death upon the cross and his rising from the grave.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again

Hear our prayer, God most Holy, in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of Heaven, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen. Amen. Amen

Hymn: 697 VU O For A World
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God.

LIFE OF ST. JAMES THIS WEEK
Sunday, May 1
10:30 am We celebrate the Lord’s Supper during worship.
Tuesday, May 3
11:00 am Community Hot Meal program in the Hall.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Meeting Room.
Thursday, May 5
6:30 pm Choir practice in the Sanctuary.

Save the date!!! Stump Frolic, Saturday, May 28th. More information to follow.

Did you know? You can now use interact e-transfer as a way of making your donation. E-transfers can be sent to eft@stjamesuc.com The funds are auto deposited so there is no need to make a security question or password. Please make sure you include name and address in the comment area.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Acts 9:36-43 • Psalm 23 • Revelation 7:9-17 • John 10:22-30