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January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021 – Baptism of Jesus

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (from Titus 3:5-7 responsive)
God saved us, not because of any works of righteousness we had done,
but according to God’s mercy, through the water of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit God poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that justified by God’s grace, we might become heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.

Prayer of Approach: (together)
Gracious God, you call us to be your people in the world.
You choose us with your love, save us by your mercy,
and make us new by your grace.
As we gather this day, speak to us again of your way and will
for we are yours in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading: Psalm 36 (p. 762 VU)
Your steadfast love, O God, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains, O God, your judgements are like the great deep; all living things you save. R

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house
and you have them drink from the river of your delights. R

For with you is the fountain of life, in your light do we see light.
Continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright in heart. R

First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7
Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
Anthem
Sermon: “Living Within the Promise”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Pastoral 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 will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Pam Harrison who died earlier this week in Amherst. Pam was a key person in promoting the Mission and Service Fund here at St. James (she spoke at our M&S Services on more than one occasion) and across the Maritimes. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come.

The 2021 Social Justice Calendar is now available for pick up in the narthex. Please take one of these and prayerfully consider the dates and events as they come up throughout the year. Thank you!

For the month of January, the church office will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am until noon. The emails, voice messages, and mail slot are checked daily.

The latest issue of Connections is available online and in print. If you have a neighbour who would like a print copy feel free to pick one up for them as well. Thanks to Brenda, Ruth and all of our contributors.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #64 Education for Reconciliation – We call upon all levels of government that provide public funds to denominational schools to require such schools to provide an education on comparative religious studies, which must include a segment on Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and practices developed in collaboration with Aboriginal elders.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #65 Education for Reconciliation – We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi-year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.

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

Virtual Coffee Time continues this Thursday at 11 am. If you would like to join the fun just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) • 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 • John 1:43-51

January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021 – Second Sunday after Christmas

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to worship (Responsive)
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Grace to you and peace in this new year.
We will bless God who has blessed us in Christ with
every spiritual blessing.
In Christ we have obtained an inheritance.
We have been redeemed as God’s own people.
Praise be to our God!
Come, let us worship the new born King

Prayer of Approach: (All)
Eternal and ever living God,
you have adopted us as your children,
sisters and brothers of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Empower us to be holy and blameless witnesses
to your glorious reign of peace and love.
May this new year bring a renewal of hope and peace of mind.
May we come to know the promised joy you have prepared
for all who love you in your eternal kingdom.
For we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 7 – 14
Epistle: Ephesians 1: 3 – 14
Holy Gospel: St. John 1: 1 – 18
Anthem
Sermon: “The Light Shines in the Darkness” Rev. Doug Stewart

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Pastoral Prayer of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Let us go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
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 will be
posted each week on our website and through social media.
This Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to our
service of worship.

The Rev. Peter Smith is away from Monday December 28th until
Monday January 4th. If there is a pastoral emergency during this time
please contact the Rev. Meredith Marple at 902-863-0452.

The Church Office is closed until Tuesday January 5, 2021 at 10:00 am.
Emails and voice messages will be picked up on a regular basis and the
mail slot will be checked throughout this time.

The 2021 Social Justice Calendar is now available for pick up in the
narthex. Please take one of these and prayerfully consider the dates and
events as they come up throughout the year. Thank you!

The latest issue of Connections is available online and in print. If you
have a neighbour who would like a print copy feel free to pick one up for
them as well. Thanks to Brenda, Ruth and all of our contributors.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #63 Education for Reconciliation – We
call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an
annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including i)
developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum
and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and
the history and legacy of residential schools, ii) sharing information and
best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and
Aboriginal history, iii) building student capacity for intercultural
understanding, empathy, and mutual respect, and iv) identifying
teacher-training needs relating to the above

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

Virtual Coffee Time resumes this Thursday at 11 am. If you would like
to join the fun just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday
Isaiah 60:1-6 • Ephesians 3:1-12 • Matthew 2:1-12

December 27, 2020

December 27, 2020 – Sunday after Christmas

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Martha Palmer
Call to Worship (responsive from Isaiah 61:10-62:1)
Let us greatly rejoice in the LORD,
let our whole beings exalt in our God.
For the Lord God has caused righteousness to come into our world.
So we will not keep silent, we will not rest,
We will proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Eternal God, we come in this holy season to give you thanks. Thanks that you answer us in our need with the bounty of your love and grace. Thanks that you touch us with your peace and surround us with your love. Thanks that your joy has reached us once more through the gift of yourself in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lighting of the Advent Candle (responsive)
The promise is a reality and God’s love has come to earth.
We celebrate that the light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it.
We light this candles because the hope and peace of heaven are seen
through the child born in Bethlehem.
Emmanuel, let the light of your love burst upon our lives and fill with us with the joy of your birth now and always, Amen.

Children’s Story and The Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Second Lesson: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
Anthem All Poor Ones And Humble Martha Palmer
Sermon “The Days After Christmas”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
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 to give God thanks and praise.

This holy season our voices combine with the choirs of angels and all of creation in praise and celebration. For the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings has come down from heaven and the goodness of God has spread out to the ends of the earth.
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will to all.”

Immanuel, you blessed us at Bethlehem by coming as a tiny babe. In the barren land among humble people you chose to share your life with us. You took flesh so that all the world might know the face of God.
“For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”

As one of us you matured and grew. From that tiny babe adored by shepherds and travellers from the east, you grew into an adult who proclaimed the way of God. Through your miracles and words, your stories and healing, the world knew the love of God.
“Come, let us see the thing that the Lord has made known to us.”

You walked from the stable at Bethlehem to the cross at Calvary. You showed us the way of grace and peace, of mercy and love. With your friends you broke bread and taught them the meaning of sacrificial love.
“This is my body which is broken for you. Each time you do this remember me.”

You also shared the cup. With it you teach us that God has not forgotten the covenant but instead renewed it. Through your love and grace our lives have been reconnected with each other and with you.
“This cup is the new covenant which God makes with you in my blood. Each time you drink from this cup, remember me.”

Send we pray, your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and cup that through them we might celebrate your birth, honour your life, and rejoice at your resurrection. May the bread be the bread of life through which we remember your sacrifice. May the cup be the cup of salvation through which we recommit ourselves to you this day, Amen

Benediction and 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 will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

The Rev. Peter Smith will be away from Monday December 28th until Monday January 4th. If there is a pastoral emergency during this time please contact the Rev. Meredith Marple at 902-863-0452.

The latest issue of Connections is available online and in print. If you have a neighbour who would like a print copy feel free to pick one up for them as well. Thanks to Brenda, Ruth and all of our contributors.

The Church Office is closed until Tuesday January 5, 2021 at 10:00 am. Emails and voice messages will be picked up on a regular basis and the mail slot will be checked throughout this time.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #64 Education for Reconciliation – We call upon all governments that provide public funds to denominational schools to require such schools to provide an education on comparative religious studies, which must include a segment on Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and practices developed in collaboration with Aboriginal elders.

The end of the calendar year is quickly coming. Wednesday, Dec 30th will be the final date for donations to be received and credited 2020 Donations can be dropped off anytime up to and including that day through our secure mail slot.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday
Jeremiah 31: 7 – 14 ? Ephesians 1: 3 – 14 ? St. John 1: 1 – 18

Deacon

Presentation to Deacon Formation Class

Bethany November 26, 2016

Thanks to all who came to the presentation for your questions and our discussion. It was a pleasure to speak with you and my hope and prayer is that God continues to bless your process and your congregations.

Pdf of Slides on Protestantism

Powerpoint of Slides on Protestantism

As I said in the presentation the dates in the history section are sometimes disputed especially the further back in history we get. They are there not to be definitive answers but to help us see the patterns and movement in time.

As well the “five solas” are explanations of what the reformers taught and while they form the basis for Protestant Theology their application and emphasis varies depending on the tradition being considered.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch at minister@stjamesuc.com

God Bless,

Rev. Peter

 

Community Hot Meal

The Tuesday Hot Meal was started in 2004 as an Anniversary project at St. James. Over the last decade the number of meals served has grown and we have welcomed the help and support of area churches and community groups.

In the fall of 2015 we were able with community support to add a Thursday Hot Meal

If you are interested in being subscribed please email hotmeal@stjamesuc.com.

Hot Meal Records Fall 2015 (a downloadable .pdf file)

Hot Meal Records Jan-Apr 2016 (a downloadable .pdf file)

Lion and Lamb

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Pentecost Sunday

We celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit through our prayers, readings, and songs of praise!

Worship Services

January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 MP3 (First eight minutes are prelude)

January 22 2017 bulletin

 

January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 MP3

January 15 2017 bulletin

 

January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017 MP3

January 1 2017 bulletin

 

December 24, 2016

December 24 2016 MP3

December 24 2016 bulletin

 

December 18, 2016

December 18 2016 MP3

December 18 2016 bulletin

 

December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016 MP3

December 11 2016 bulletin

 

December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 MP3

December 4 2016 bulletin