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May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (Romans 5:5)
The love of God has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Come into all the places we worship this day.
Come into each heart, each prayer, each word,
each life which opens to you
so that we may live and love with purpose,
with courage, and with enthusiasm
serving the world as your people in Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b Tara Nicholson
Second Lesson: Acts 2:1-8, 12-21 Rev. Peter Smith
Gospel: John 20:19-23 Brenda Rose
Sermon “A New Pentecost”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers 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. Weekly worship services are
posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A
children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, June 4th at 11 am
via Zoom. Please email Rev. Peter for more information or the link
(minister@stjamesuc.com)

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.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his
study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.

The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email
Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Are you interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please
be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

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 new
secure 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 .

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 6, 2020)
Genesis 1:1-2:4a • 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 • Matthew 28:16-20

May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020 – Ascension Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Call to Worship (Isaiah 40:31)
But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of each new day, as we gather in worship
open our eyes to see the new life you are bringing,
open our ears to hear again the good news of Jesus,
and open our hearts to experience hope and faith.
For we join in worship with other believers, separated by circumstance but united through your love and promise for us in Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Lesson: Psalm 47 Ben Polson
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 Fran Wittgens
Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
Sermon “Waiting in Faith”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND

Meditative Music
Prayers 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. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

The prayers and Christian Sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Francis (Frank) Xavier MacDonald who died earlier this week. Please keep Anne Louise and all of Frank’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come. A small family service will take place and a recording of that service and memories of family will be found at www.MacIsaacs.ca on May 25, 2020.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, March 28th at 11 am via Zoom. Please email Rev. Peter for more information or the link (minister@stjamesuc.com)

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.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.
The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Are you interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

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, 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 .

This week the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition forwarded the attached letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and an assortment of high level politicians calling on them to consider implementation of a national “Basic Income Program”. It has been demonstrated through the current use of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that a similar program is not only “doable” but would reduce duplication of all our current “safety net” programs and has the potential to be far more effective. Please note that the St James United Church’s Social Justice Committee was pleased to be one of the more than 30 Nova Scotian signatories to this important request. We have joined our voices with forty Canadian senators who also recently asked for serious consideration of this potentially societal altering program. Please consider joining your voice by contacting the PM, your MP, etc.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 31, 2020)

Numbers 11:24-30 • Acts 2:1-21 • John 20:19-23

May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (John 13:34-35 NRSV)
Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of each new day,
In the rising and the setting of the sun,
in the seasons and the new growth around us,
you show us the possibility and potential of your love.
In the forgiveness and mercy
made possible through the cross and empty tomb
you call us to a new life as your people.
As we gather in worship open our hearts and minds to hear again your promise to us through Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 17:22-31 Mike Cook
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Liz Millett
Gospel: John 14:15-21
Anthem Gord and Chris Morrison
Sermon “Love Shows the Way”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers 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. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be this Thursday at 11 am via Zoom. Please email Rev. Peter for the link (minister@stjamesuc.com)

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 to Gord and Chris for sharing their gift of music. Thanks to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.
The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Are you interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note two upcoming dates this week. May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity. Most of our world’s major conflicts have some cultural dimension. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. Cultural diversity is an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. We have many examples of positive diversity here in Antigonish – just think of the wonderful work done by our Syrian friends at Peace by Chocolate! Their contributions to our economy and social fabric have been recognized nationally and internationally.

The theme for this year’s celebration of Biological Diversity is: Our solutions are in nature! And Mother Nature has been enjoying a well deserved rest from many of our polluting devices the last three months. 2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is expected, from each of us, that we will “Build Back Better” by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as we recover from this pandemic.

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

The Finance and Stewardship Committee have cancelled the Stump Frolic scheduled for June 6th because of the State of Emergency restrictions.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 24, 2020)
Psalm 47 • Ephesians 1:15-23 • Luke 24:44-53

Sunday, May 10, 2020

May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (1 John 4:7)
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Loving God, as we gather together for worship
we’re aware of our worries, our regrets, our concerns
and everything else that is filling our lives.
Calm our busy minds and frantic thoughts
and open our hearts to hear again the good news
of Jesus Christ for our lives and for our world, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 Joan MacGillivray
Second Lesson: Philippians 4:4-9 Sarah Armstrong
Gospel: John 14:1-7,18-19,27
Sermon “Peace and Chaos”

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

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 17, 2020)
Acts 17:22-31 • Psalm 66:8-20 • 1 Peter 3:13-22 • John 14:15-21

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- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A
children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.


The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended
to the family and friends of Dr. James Carson who died earlier this
month. A service for Jim will be held at a later date. Please keep his
family, friends, and the folks at Highland Crest in your thoughts and
prayers during this time. https://macisaacs.ca/

Our prayers are with the fishing fleet who will soon be heading out for
this season. May it be a safe season for all who head out onto the waters to provide for their families and our communities.

Are you interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please
be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

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 to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

The Finance and Stewardship Committee have cancelled the Stump
Frolic for this year because of the State of Emergency restrictions.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his
study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.

The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email
Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website
or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make
your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to
office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Ezekiel 34:11-16)
For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Gentle Shepherd, draw us close to you and speak to us this day. Speak to us of your love for us and your desire for us to live within your mercy and grace. Call us to follow so that we might find the way you open for us through the cross and empty tomb. For we have gathered in our diverse places as your people, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47 Alex Penner
Second Lesson: Psalm 23 Linda MacDougall Penner
Gospel: John 10:1-10
Sermon “Knowing the Good Shepherd”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers 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. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Alexander “Ralph” Baxter who died this week. Please keep Mary, Cheri and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers this coming week. There is a private family service on Monday May 4, 2020. Please see http://www.clcurry.com/obituaries/146104 for information about the livestream.

Are you interested in reading scripture for Sunday’s service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) if you are interested.

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 to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.

The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that today is World Press Freedom Day. The theme for 2020 is “Journalism without Fear or Favour”. Especially in these days when COVID-19 misinformation is being tossed around, this is an important concept. To quote the United Nations: “Disinformation: a silent weapon in times of pandemic. UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and UNDP (UN Development Programme) join forces to promote verified information against COVID 19. UNESCO invites the media, journalists, government agencies, organized civil societies and digital influencers to share among their audiences practices that promote verified management of the content circulating on social media.” Think press freedom in Canada is safe? As recently as 2017 there was a case of Quebec journalists whose telephone conversations were tapped by the Sûreté du Québec. Threatening press freedom is threatening access to information, because without a free press, journalists cannot collect and report their information safely and independently. Promotion of press freedom and journalist safety will ensure the public’s access to impartial and quality information.

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 10, 2020)
Acts 7:55-60 • Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 • 1 Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14

Bulletin for April 26, 2020

Copy of the Bulletin (.pdf)

April 26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Romans 8:34, 37-39 NRSV)
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace and hope, in our distress draw us close,
in our uncertainty tell us again of your love,
and in our need answer us with your Holy Spirit.
For we have gathered in our homes to pray,
to listen to your word, and to know your will
for us and for our world, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1:17-23
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
Sermon “Along the Road”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers 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. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Evelyn Marie Pottie who died earlier this month. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Please keep Evelyn’s partner Fomen Gero, her sons Peter, Sherman and Joseph and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Adelaide Etta Adams who died earlier this week. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Please keep Adelaide’s sister Eileen Adams and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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 to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.

The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 3, 2020)
Acts 2:42-47 • Psalm 23 • John 10:1-10

Bulletin for April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter

Bulletin as pdf download

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from 1 Peter 23-24)
You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of each new day, we gather as your people
in our separate place but still the church of Jesus Christ
that you call us to be.
Open our hearts to hear your message for us.
Open our minds to the possibilities which you lay before us.
Open our lives so we may know the power and presence
of our risen Lord among us, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Second Lesson:1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Sermon “The Experience Behind Closed Doors”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers 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. During the time we cannot meet in person weekly worship services will be posted online. The links will be posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week on the website.

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 to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story. We maintained physical (social) distance while producing this material. Please do the same and care for others.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.
The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that Earth Day is coming up fast on 22 April! The theme for this 50th anniversary is “climate
action”. It’s a little difficult to celebrate this together this year,
but there are still things we can do. Taking a walk in the outdoors to
enjoy nature is a good option – provided you can do it safely while
social distancing. Create an individual “act of green”. Start using a
recyclable water bottle. Plant something! Try to reduce energy
consumption or make a commitment to one action that will do that over
the next year. Educate yourself on environmental issues. Do a clean up
of your own area of road, ditch or highway. Take the 22 day “Earth Day
Challenge”. Find out about it at:
https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-challenge/. Be creative – you
probably have time on your hands anyway :-).

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (April 26, 2020)
Acts 2:14a, 36-41 • 1 Peter 1:17-23 • Luke 24:13-35