Announcements

August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020 – Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

The service is found at https://youtu.be/WfAgPVWPXbg

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Sonata No 4 Largetto (GF Handel) Robert Murray- violin
Call to Worship (John 6:35)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of life,
Call us into your presence that we might hope.
Teach us of your love that we might know your way.
Feed us with your grace that we might live now and forever.
For we have gathered as your people in our individual homes but united as one by the cross of Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Christine Morrison
Second Lesson: Romans 9:1-5 Gordon Morrison
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Sermon “Because God Provides”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Break Now the Bread of Life
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Love Divine

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 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.

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
From August 3-6th please contact the Rev. Derek Elsworth at 902-833-2920
From August 7th onward 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 office@stjamesuc.com

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

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #42 Justice – We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to commit to the recognition and implementation of Aboriginal justice systems in a manner consistent with the Treaty and Aboriginal rights of Aboriginal peoples, the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by Canada in November 2012.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 9, 2020)

Psalm 85:8-13 • Romans 10:5-15 • Matthew 14:22-33

July 26, 2020

July 26, 2020 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

The service can be found at https://youtu.be/NXsJha6S6ao

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Prelude in C Major (JS Bach) Handbell Choir
Call to Worship (Psalm 78:1-4)
“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds and might of the Lord, and the wonders that God has done.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of wonder,
open our eyes that we might see your presence around us
open our ears that we might hear your word for our lives
open our hearts that we might know the possibilities of your grace
for we have gathered to praise, to thank, and to be your people
in Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 119:129-136 Liz Millett
Second Lesson: Romans 8:26-39 Mike Cook
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Sermon “The Ordinary and the Divine”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music How Firm a Foundation
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

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 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.

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 this 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.

The latest issue of Connections, is available on the website. If you would like a print copy email office@stjamesuc.com

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

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis – unaware that they have it. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will suffer, lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day we call on people to take action and raise awareness to “find the missing millions”. In 2016, every government in the world made a commitment to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. With less than 10 years to go, progress is stalling. It’s up to us to hold governments to account and urge them to keep their promise to eliminate viral hepatitis. Sign and share NOhep’s open letter: https://www.nohep.org/2020whdletter/

We also note that July 30 is World Friendship Day, sometimes known as the International Day of Friendship. The original idea for this day came from Hallmark cards in the 1930’s. The day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money-making exercise and by the mid-1940’s it had faded into obscurity. The idea of a day to honour friendship was, however, adopted by some in Asia where it remains a popular custom to celebrate friendships and exchange gifts. In 2011, 30 July was declared the International Day of Friendship by the UN. With the growing popularity of social media, there has been an increase in celebrating World Friendship Day online, as well as with community activities. During our pandemic times, friendships have done a lot to decrease loneliness and increase connectivity. Why not reach out to a friend today and let them know how much your relationship means?

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #41 Justice – We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include an investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 2, 2020)
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Romans 9:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21

July 19, 2020

July 19, 2020 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

The service is found here https://youtu.be/A6HkYhto-dA

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Be Still My Soul Ryan Billington
Call to Worship (Hosea 10:12)
(God says) “Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
Until God comes to rain righteousness on you.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace you know us.
You know our triumphs and failures,
you know our minds and our hearts.
You know us and call to us to be your people
and to share in the blessings of your kingdom.
Open our ears and our lives this day that we might hear again
the good news of Jesus Christ for us and our world, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Lorrie Crawford
Second Lesson: Romans 8:12-25 Fran Wittgens
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Sermon “A Parable of Weeds”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Great is Thy Faithfulness
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude No 14 Introduction (G F Handel) A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. Our worship service and a children’s story and crafts are posted Saturday night on our website.

The last Virtual Coffee Hour for summer will be held this Thursday, July 23th at 11 am via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 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.

The church office is closed for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 902-863-2001. 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 latest issue of Connections, is available on the website. If you would like a print copy email office@stjamesuc.com

The Church Council is currently working on the plan required by Public Health before we can return to in person worship services. The online services will continue through July and August and in September
we are hoping in person worship at St. James as well as the online service

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 .

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #40 Justice – We call on all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, to create adequately funded and accessible Aboriginal-specific victim programs and services with appropriate evaluation mechanisms.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 26, 2020)
Psalm 119:129-136 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

July 12, 2020

The service can be found at https://youtu.be/4lyvmoHCfw0

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Amazing Grace Ron Johnson
Call to Worship (Isaiah 55:11)
“(God says) So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
Eternal God, as the sun warms the earth
so your love shines on us in our lives.
As the rain waters the ground bringing forth new growth
so your grace touches our lives and renews us.
Open our ears, we pray, that as we listen
we might grow in the faith
you call us to live through Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 119:105-112 Paul Omae
Second Lesson: Romans 8:1-11 Chad Brazier
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Sermon “A Parable of Seeds”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Blessed Assurance
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude All Things Bright and Beautiful

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 on Annie “Frances” Eadie who died earlier this week. Her funeral was yesterday at St. James and St. Paul Cemetery. Please keep Steven, Brian, and all her family and friends in
your thoughts and prayers during this time.


Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, July 16th 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 which can be found on a separate link on the webpage.

The church office is closed for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 902-863-2001.

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 latest issue of Connections, our congregational newsletter is now available on the website. If you would like a print copy please email office@stjamesuc.com

The Church Council is currently working on the plan required by Public Health before we can return to in person worship services. The online services will continue through July and August and in September
we are hoping to continue to offer the online service as well as in person worship at St. James.

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 .

The Social Justice Committee notes that 18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day and honours the legacy of South Africa’s former President and his values, through volunteering and community service. According to mandeladay.com “In 2020, the essence of Mandela Day –
take action, inspire change, and make every day a Mandela Day – is more important than ever before. Communities across the world are affected by the spread of Covid-19, which has hit every economy,
causing new social and economic challenges and exacerbating old ones.
But, there is hope. On a scale never seen before, individuals and groups are finding ways to help those in need of support. We call on you to be an active citizen in your community, individually or as part of one of the
millions of groups getting together to start initiatives around delivering food parcels, making masks and protective gear, teaching online or making donations towards these efforts. In 2020, Mandela Day will be
the day we share the successes we have achieved and the lessons we have learned as we battle this pandemic, and its effect on those less fortunate than ourselves. We call on you to contribute to … [anti-poverty campaigns], join a community initiative or start your own. And, most of all, stay safe.” #MANDELADAY2020

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #39 Justice – We call upon the federal government to develop a national plan to collect and publish data on the criminal victimization of Aboriginal people, including data related to homicide and family violence victimization. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections and should be read in the original text]

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 19, 2020)
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 • Romans 8:12-25 • Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020 – Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

The service can be found at https://youtu.be/tRx-mJyGXlU

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Highland Cathedral Scott Williams
Call to Worship (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace,
in our busy and frantic lives we need to know that you are beside us, in our confusing and ever changing world we long to hear again
your promise to us in the cross and empty tomb.
Draw us close to you and to each other as we gather for worship
for we have come as your people in Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 145:8-14 Glenn Omae
Second Lesson: Romans 7:15-25a Rev. Peter Smith
Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Andrew Murray
Sermon “An Easy Yoke”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Morning has Broken/O God You Gave Your Servant
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Hector the Hero/ Joyful, Joyful Scott Williams

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 12, 2020)
Psalm 119:105-112 • Romans 8:1-11 • Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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, July 9nd 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.

The church office is closed for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 902-863-2001. 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 latest issue of Connections, our congregational newsletter is now available on the website. If you would like a print copy please email office@stjamesuc.com

The Church Council is currently working on the plan required by Public Health before we can return to in person worship services. The online services will continue through July and August and in September when we return to in person worship services we will continue to offer the online service as well.

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 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 .

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 mark 11 July – World Population Day. The aim of this celebration is to spread awareness about the issues of global population and the importance of reproductive health. This event was inspired by public interest when the world’s inhabitants reached 5 billion and led to serious concern about the exploding population. The theme of World Population Day 2020 is – Putting the brakes on COVID-19: how to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now. This year the United Nation’s goal is to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ needs for sexual and reproductive health and vulnerabilities during the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted individuals, cultures and economies all over the world. However, not all are equally affected. For example, women who make up the largest share of health care staff in the front line are disproportionately exposed to coronavirus. Supply chains across the globe are being disrupted, affecting contraceptive supply and also causing the increasing risk of unintended pregnancy. Sexual and reproductive health services are being sidelined as countries are on lock-down and health systems are struggling to cope, and gender-based violence is on the rise. In addition, the women who work in insecure labor markets are disproportionately hit harder by COVID-19’s economic effects. In the informal economy, nearly 60 percent of women worldwide are at increased risk of poverty. As a result of school closures and increased needs of the elderly, the work of women in unpaid care has increased.

SAFE (Syrian Antigonish Families Embrace) is excited to share some good news!!!! We have just recognized World Refugee Day 2020 and hold in our hearts the families calling for help for family members living in untenable conditions and struggling to provide their children with food and shelter.

The good news is that we have received the offer of a generous gift that gives us an opportunity to bring two Syrian refugee families to Antigonish. A kind and very generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in SAFE donations. This would enable us to bring a family of seven to Canada from Lebanon and take us a long way towards bringing a young couple from Jordan. Both families are connected with members of our Antigonish Syrian community.

The family of seven has 5 children ages 2 – 11 years. They bring knowledge of and skills in farming and agriculture and want their children to go to school and live a life without the fear of war and violence. The other family is a young couple, the brother and son of a family that lives here. His Mom has not seen him since she came to Canada, and cannot rest until he is safe.

We are asking you to help us raise $10,000. It is a challenging time for fundraising as our province is just beginning to emerge for the COVID-19 shutdown. But we think that we can do it. There are several ways you can contribute:

  1. You can send SAFE a donation, knowing that whatever the amount is, it will be doubled with the matching funds from our donor. If you send a donation through an e-transfer (safamiliesembrace@gmail.com) or by cheque to 204 Kirk Place, 219 Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2C1, 100% of the funds will go to SAFE. You can also go to our website and donate through Canada Helps. http://www.safeantigonish.ca/ All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
  2. Please encourage friends and family to contribute with a joint donation. Families supporting families can be a way for children to understand their connection with the larger world.
  3. You can pass this email along to all you think may want to help, post it on Facebook, and invite others to support our efforts to bring 2 families to safety.

Our hope is to raise these funds over the next 6-8 weeks and get the applications submitted to the Canadian government as soon as possible knowing that application processing takes time. So this is our summer challenge. Please join us. Together we can make it happen.

Thank you for caring and for all that you do. If you have any questions please call our treasurer at 902-870-7891

Lucille Harper, Chair SAFE Society

June 28, 2020

The video of this service is at https://youtu.be/VDja_-pLLOw

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Call to Worship (Colossians 3:12-15)
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each
other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to
which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
Prayer of Approach (together)
Gracious Lord, in Christ you call us to be your people. You invite us to know your will and to speak your word to the ends of the earth. Gather us together, we pray, no matter where we worship this day and speak to us that we might hear and know your mercy and love. For we ask these prayers for ourselves and for each other in Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Lesson: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 Joan MacGillivray
Second Lesson: Romans 6:12-18, 23
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 Hope Smith
Sermon “Welcome, Connection, and 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.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, July 2nd 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 for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 902-863-2001.

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 .

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

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 5, 2020)
Psalm 145:8-14 • Romans 7:15-25a • Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

SAFE (Syrian Antigonish Families Embrace) is excited to share some good news!!!! We have just recognized World Refugee Day 2020 and hold in our hearts the families calling for help for family members living
in untenable conditions and struggling to provide their children with food and shelter.
The good news is that we have received the offer of a generous gift that gives us an opportunity to bring two Syrian refugee families to Antigonish. A kind and very generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in SAFE donations. This would enable us to bring a family of seven to Canada from Lebanon and take us a long way towards bringing a young couple from Jordan. Both families are connected with members of our Antigonish Syrian community. The family of seven has 5 children ages 2 – 11 years. They bring knowledge of and skills in farming and agriculture and want their children to go to school and live a life without the fear of war and
violence. The other family is a young couple, the brother and son of a family that lives here. His Mom has not seen him since she came to Canada, and cannot rest until he is safe.

We are asking you to help us raise $10,000. It is a challenging time for fundraising as our province is just beginning to emerge for the COVID-19 shutdown. But we think that we can do it. There are several ways you can contribute:

  1. You can send SAFE a donation, knowing that whatever the amount is, it will be doubled with the matching funds from our donor. If you send a donation through an e-transfer (safamiliesembrace@gmail.com)
    or by cheque to 204 Kirk Place, 219 Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2C1, 100% of the funds will go to SAFE. You can also donate through Canada Helps at http://www.safeantigonish.ca/ All
    donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
  2. Please encourage friends and family to contribute with a joint donation. Families supporting families can be a way for children to understand their connection with the larger world.
  3. You can pass this email along to all you think may want to help, post it on Facebook, and invite others to support our efforts to bring 2 families
    to safety. Our hope is to raise these funds over the next 6-8 weeks and get the applications submitted to the Canadian government as soon as possible
    knowing that application processing takes time. So this is our summer challenge. Please join us. Together we can make it happen.
  4. Thank you for caring and for all that you do. If you have any questions please call our treasurer at 902-870-7891 Lucille Harper, Chair SAFE Society

June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020 – Third Sunday After Pentecost


GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
Loving God, we gather as your people. We come because you have chosen us through Jesus to be your church and to live within the promise of the cross and empty tomb. Speak to us this day of the unity and hope which is ours through Jesus Christ and show us the way you have opened for us to live now and for eternity, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 ` Brenda Botterill
Second Lesson: Romans 6:1b-11 Joanne MacKenzie
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39
Sermon “Finding our Lives”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
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 Church Council meet this past Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm via
Zoom. They reviewed the events of past three months and began plans necessary to reopen St. James in the fall. Currently the plan required by Public Health is being worked on by various committees of the church.

Congratulations to all the graduates who are receiving their diplomas this year as they finish High School. May God bless them and their families during this time.

The UCW and Men’s Club are pleased to announce that their bursary this year is going to Rebecca van de Weil. Congratulations Rebecca and all the best in your future plans!

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, June 25th 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

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 .

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

Intimate Partner Abuse – This is more prevalent than ever during the pandemic with families forced to stay at home in close quarters. And it’s a hard subject to discuss, especially with people you think may be experiencing it. If you’d like some tips on how to broach that conversation and help someone, check out this easy to adapt “zine” from the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. It’s got some great ideas!
Click here for the link

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to celebrate this year’s National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at home. Keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following instructions from health officials and other trusted, reliable sources. You can learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the IndigenousReads reading list or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum. Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day about reconciliation and about Indigenous Culture. This is so much a part of Canada’s history – we are all a “Treaty People”!

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 28, 2020)
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42

June 14, 2020

The service video can be found at https://youtu.be/38hz1K88ziA

June 14, 2020 – Second Sunday After Pentecost


GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Spirit of Gentleness Martha Palmer
Call to Worship (Isaiah 42:1b-2)
God says “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of this and every day,
open our hearts that as we gather for worship
we might hear your word, know your love, experience your grace,
and see not merely what is but what you can bring about.
For we come as your people separated by circumstance
but united by the grace of Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Romans 5:1-8 Michèle Ashby
Second Lesson: Genesis 18:1-14 Tim Hinds
Gospel: Matthew 9:35-10:8
Sermon “Hope Does Not Disappoint”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Will Your Anchor Hold
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Peace Like a River

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 Church Council will meet this Tuesday June 16 at 7 pm via
Zoom. If you are on Council and have not already received the link
please be in touch with Rev. Peter.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, June 18th 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 graduating or have a graduate in your family? We would
love to recognize them in an upcoming worship service. Please forward
the names to Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com

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 .

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

Connections is thinking about its St. James United family and wants to
hear from you. How is everyone? What have you been doing for the
past three months? How are your family and friends managing? What
have you been thinking about now that life has slowed to a crawl for
many (although not all) of us? And for those of you working in essential
services, how can we, the housebound, continue to support you?
Send your thoughts to Connections care of brendaannerose@gmail.com
before Friday June 19th Whether your submission is long or short, your
words are important, especially now, in this time of social isolation.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 21, 2020)
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 • Romans 6:1b-11 • Matthew 10:24-39

June 7, 2020

The worship service is at https://youtu.be/E63v0rv3K_Y

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER


Prelude “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Michèle Ashby
Call to Worship (Romans 14:17-19)
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Holy God, you created all life on earth with care and purpose,
this day create a renewed life within us and in our world.
Merciful God, you once walked on the earth and taught the gospel, this day teach once more your way, your truth and your life.
Loving God, you came in wind and fire to bless and inspire disciples,
this day descend upon us with your blessing.
For we ask this prayer for ourselves and for each other, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE


First Lesson: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Rev. Peter Smith
Second Lesson: Psalm 8 Hope Graham
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon “Going Into the World”

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 11th 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 graduating or have a graduate in your family? We would love to recognize them in an upcoming worship service. Please forward the names to Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com

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 .

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

The Social Justice Committee invites you to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June and World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June.

The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” Innovation—relating to the introduction of new methods, ideas, or products – is a dynamic term, and one that is fundamentally filled with hope. For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30×30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all! You can sign the petition online.

“Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.” (Text taken from International Labour Organization website) Due to COVID-19 these children are now at even greater risk of facing more difficult circumstances and working longer hours.

And if you’re opening these announcements on Sat, 6 June, you still have time to participate in the Antigonish Black Lives Matter march this evening! It will start at 7:00 pm at Columbus Field. It will begin with everyone able to “taking a knee” for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Participants will then march into town and back to Columbus Field. This is a family friendly, peaceful march with participants requested to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 – stay home! Please join in expressing solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities affected by police brutality and in acknowledging the racial and colonial injustices that exist in Canada today. We extend solidarity to our United States counterparts and the individuals protesting systemic racism across Turtle Island and beyond.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 14, 2020) Genesis 18:1-14 • Romans 5:1-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:8

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