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October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020 – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Claire Singer
Call to Worship (from Romans 12:2)
We are called as Christians not be conformed to this world
But to be transformed by Christ in the renewing of our minds.
For we seek to discern what is the will of God—
and do what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Eternal God, in the world around us
many voices counsel us, many forces pressure us
and many things tempt us.
So we need your love to hold us, your wisdom to guide us,
and your grace to transform us.
Speak to us this day, we ask, for we have gathered as your people
to listen and learn in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading Reading (Psalm 121 p. 844 VU)
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where will I look for help?
My help comes from God, who has made heaven and earth.
God will not let your foot stumble,
the One who protects Israel will not slumber
the One who protects you will neither slumber nor sleep. R

It is God who protects you, your defence at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
God will protect you from all evil, God will protect your life.
God will protect your going and coming, now and forever. R

First Lesson: Isaiah 45:1-7
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-7
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
Anthem Claire Singer
Sermon “A Question of Faith”

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

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.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-863-2001 if you plan to attend.

St James Men’s Club – Last Fall, St. James Men’s Club had purchased frozen Lobster Packs for their annual Lobster Supper in March 2020. Because of Covid 19 they were not able to hold this supper and unless there is a major breakthrough in containing the virus, they are probably unable to hold the supper in 2021. Therefore, they are offering the Lobster Packs for sale. They have 16 1 lb. Packs at $30.00 per pack and 65 2 lb. packs at $ 60.00 per pack. You can order these packs by calling the church office from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on weekdays for the next three weeks. The Lobster will be available for pickup on Nov.6 th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm at Whidden’s Trailer Court (garage on left upon entering park). Members of the Men’s Club can also arrange delivery on this date if more convenient.

Next Sunday, October 25th we will celebrate Holy Communion. As well as the in person service there will be a live stream on our facebook page at 10:30 am and the recorded service will be posted on the website at 1 pm. Anyone wishing to share in Communion via one of the online services is welcome to call the office and pick up the elements for Communion during the week.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #53 National Council for Reconciliation – We call upon the Parliament of Canada, in consultation and collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to enact legislation to establish a National Council for Reconciliation. The legislation would establish the council as an independent, national, oversight body with membership jointly appointed by the Government of Canada and national Aboriginal organizations, and consisting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections dealing with: i) government accountability, ii) implementation of the Calls, iii) a multi-year action plan and iv) promotion of public dialogue, public/private partnerships, and public initiatives for reconciliation – and should be read in the original text]

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 (October 25, 2020)
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 • Matthew 22:34-46

October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020 – Thanksgiving Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from 1 Chronicles 16:34)
Let us give thanks to the Lord,
for God is good;
and God’s love endures forever.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of all creation, we come this day to give you thanks.
All around us are the signs of your blessing-
the richness of the harvest, the beauty of the natural world,
and the family and friends who surround us.
Thank you for all your good gifts
and help us to bless others through them, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music Come Ye Thankful People Come
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm 67 (p. 786 VU)
Be gracious unto us, O God and bless us;
and let the light of your face shine upon us,
That your ways may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.

Let the nations be glad, and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples righteously
and guide the nations of the earth.
The earth has yielded its harvest, and you, our God, have blessed us.
Your blessing, O God, be upon us.
May all the ends of the earth revere you. R

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 8:7-18
Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Solo Christine Morrison
Sermon “Thankful People”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Now Thanks We All Our God
Litany of Thanksgiving (together)
O God, giver of every good gift move us to thanksgiving,
not because of what we have, but because of whose we are;
not because of present blessing, but because of your unending grace
not because of the moment, but because of the eternity you promise.
Let our thanksgiving be expressed
not only in feasting, but in sharing;
not only in passive enjoyment, but in active service;
not only in annual observance, but in daily attitude.
So that everyday of our lives might be a day of Thanksgiving, Amen.

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. 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 Downey Kirk who died last week. Downey’s service was on Thursday here at St. James. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come.

At a special service of worship yesterday afternoon at St. James we welcomed Hunter Dean Henley, child of Caitlyn Stewart and Lloyd Henley to the church through the sacrament of baptism. Standing with Hunter as godparents were Trevor Stewart and Holly Henley.

Thanks to Mavis and Bob Murray and Tara Nicholson for the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations on the Communion Table this morning.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-863-2001 if you plan to attend.

The next celebration of Holy Communion will be October 25, 2020.

Virtual Coffee Time continues this Thursday at 11 am. If you would like to join the fun just email Rev. Peter minister@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 invites you to note World Food Day on 16 Oct. As some of us finish up our last turkey leftovers, consider that only nine plant species account for 66% of total crop production, despite the fact that there are at least 30,000 edible plants in the world. We need to grow a variety of food to nourish people and sustain the planet. Also 17 Oct is the International Day for Poverty Eradication The 2020 theme is: Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination. This day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. What are our politicians doing to address this issue?

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #52 Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System – We call upon the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and the courts to adopt the following legal principles: i) Aboriginal title claims are accepted once the claimant has established occupation over a particular territory at a particular point in time, and ii) once Aboriginal title has been established, the burden of proving any limitation on any rights arising from the existence of that title shifts to the party asserting such a limitation.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (October 18, 2020)
Isaiah 45:1-7 • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-7 • Matthew 22:15-22

October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020 – Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Psalm 19:7-8,10)
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Your word, O God, calls to us to know your love,
to experience your grace, to share your mercy,
and to live as your people as the world is transformed
by your will and the way you open in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm: 118:14-24 (Part 2 and 3 p. 837 VU)
God is my strength and my song: God has become my salvation.
There are shouts of joy and deliverance in the tents of the righteous.
The right hand of God does mighty things the right hand of God raises up
The right hand of God does mighty things.
I shall not die, but live, and I shall proclaim what God has done.
God indeed punished me, but did not give me over to death. R

Open to me the gates of the temple,
that I may enter and give thanks to God.
This is the gate of God, through it the righteous may enter.
I thank you for you have answered me, you have become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

This is God’s doing, marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. R.

First Lesson: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-17
Second Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-9
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
Sermon “The Surprise of Salvation”

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. The services online will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

This Sunday’s bulletin is dedicated by Tim Hinds and Michèle Ashby to the glory of God and in grateful appreciation of the loving support of this congregation over the last six months.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-863-2001 if you plan to attend.

The tentative date for the next celebration of Holy Communion is October 18, 2020. More details will be available next week.

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

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #51 Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System – We call upon the Government of Canada, as an obligation of its fiduciary responsibility, to develop a policy of transparency by publishing legal opinions it develops, in regard to the scope and extent of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

St James is a caring, close community. People have been wondering
how we can reach out to each other during this Covid time. Outreach
and Communications wants to partner with other groups and individuals
to promote a Contact Tree in order to convey important information
as well as to keep in touch. If you are interested being a part of this please let the church office know (902 863 2001) or write Fran at fwittgens@gmail.com

The Social Justice Committee reminds you that today is normally the National Sisters in Spirit Vigil. We were unable to confirm activities for this year, but probably there will be little due to COVID-19. Please hold the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada and their grieving families in your prayers.

Your Social Justice Committee also notes that the theme for World Habitat Day 2020 (5 Oct) is: Housing for All — A Better Urban Future. As COVID-19 continues to spread, people have been told to stay at home – but an estimated 1.8 billion people were already living in slums, informal settlements, inadequate housing or in homelessness worldwide before the pandemic. Most of us attending St James are fortunate enough to have shelter over our heads every day. Imagine being without that basic necessity? Please consider supporting the wonderful work done by the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society – any amount would help! 10 Oct is also World Mental Health Day. This year, with the pandemic impacting our lives in so many ways, many of us are feeling increasingly fragile and threatened – our health, future, finances, personal relationships, etc. Practice kindness to one another like never before – we can all use it!

Volunteers with The Hot Meal Program met on September 22 and it was decided to not restart the meals at the present time. The meeting recommended that a donation be made to the Antigonish Food Bank.

The latest issue of Connections is available on our website and in the narthex. Thanks to all of the contributors and to Brenda Rose and Ruth Young for making this newsletter possible.

The Church Council met on Tuesday September 15 to discuss the life and work of the church. The reopening of the building was the main topic of conversation and the pandemic plan was reviewed. Two decisions were made about reopening the building. The first was to allow groups and committees of the congregation to resume using the building following all necessary protocols. The second was to defer allowing outside groups use of the building for the present time as we restart our groups and activities.

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or 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

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (October11, 2020)
Deuteronomy 8:7-18 • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 • Luke 17:11-19

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020 – Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from 1 John 1:9)
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and God will forgive us our sins.
God will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of mercy and grace,
Open our hearts that we might feel your love for us this day.
Open our minds that we might know the promise of the gospel.
Open our lives that we might respond to Jesus Christ
and live as your people this day and always, Amen.
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 78:1-7 (p. 792 VU)
Give heed to my teaching, O my people,
turn your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will reveal the hidden meaning of things in the past.
What we have heard and known, what our parents have told us,
we will not hide from their grandchildren.
But declare to the next generation
the testimony that you gave to Jacob
and the law you appointed in Israel,
which you commanded them to teach their children,

that the next generation might know them, children yet unborn,
and these in turn should arise, and tell their children.
That they should put their trust in you,
and not forget your great deeds,
but keep all your commandments. R

First Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7
Second Lesson: Philippians 2:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32 Solo How Can I Keep From Singing (Robert Lowry) Alistair Hamilton
Sermon “The Opportunity of Repentance”

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. The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on
Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our
available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-983-2001 if you plan to attend.

The latest issue of Connections is available on our website and in the
narthex. Thanks to all of the contributors and to Brenda Rose and Ruth Young for making this newsletter possible.

The Church Council met on Tuesday September 15 to discuss the life
and work of the church. The reopening of the building was the main
topic of conversation and the pandemic plan was reviewed. Two
decisions were made about reopening the building. The first was to allow groups and committees of the congregation to resume using the building following all necessary protocols. The second was to defer allowing outside groups use of the building for the present time as we restart our groups and activities.

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for
reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com.

The tentative date for the next celebration of Holy Communion is
October 11, 2020. More details will be available next week.

Volunteers with The Hot Meal Program met on September 22 and it
was decided to not restart the meals at the present time. The meeting
recommended to the Church Council that St. James make a donation to the Antigonish Food Bank.

Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom continues this Thursday at 11 am. If you attended in the summer the same link will be used and if you would like to join in this time of conversation and fun just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

St James is a caring, close community. People have been wondering
how we can reach out to each other during this Covid time. Outreach
and Communications wants to partner with other groups and individuals to promote a Contact Tree in order to convey important information as well as to keep in touch. If you are interested being a part of this please let the church office know (902 863 2001) or write Fran at fwittgens@gmail.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

The Social Justice Committee invites you to wear an orange shirt on September 30 to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada asks you to participate! We wear orange because Phyllis Jack Webstad of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in BC wore an orange shirt that her grandmother had given her on her first day of school. It was taken away from her immediately and thus began Phyllis’s interaction with the Residential School system – including a long, traumatic separation from her family and community. This was due to the church but had the blessing of the federal government. Orange Shirt Day is a day for us to celebrate and honour the survivors of the Residential School System and remember those who didn’t make it.

Also please note the following important upcoming dates: 1 October
is both the International Day for Older Persons and NS Mi’kmaq Treaty Day. 2 October is the International Day of Non-Violence and 4 October is the National Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Learn more about each of these events on line or at our excellent library. Hug an elder – peacefully!

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #49 Settlement Agreement Parties/ UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – We call upon all
religious denominations and faith groups who have not already done so to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius. [Doctrines that declared that no one owned the land prior to European assertion of sovereignty and that the Supreme Court has ruled never applied in Canada.]

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #50 Equity for Aboriginal People in the
Legal System – In keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal organizations, to fund the establishment of Indigenous law institutes for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (October 4, 2020)
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-17 • Philippians 3:4b-9 • Matthew 21:33-46

September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020 – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Ephesians 3:20-21 responsive)
With God’s power working in us, God can do much,
much more than anything we can ask or imagine.
To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time,
forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace and love, when we ask you answer,
when we hurt you comfort, when we struggle you assist,
and when we are unsure you show us the way.
Draw us close this day to you and to each other
and teach us again the wonder
of your great love for us in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 145 (p.866 VU)
Every day we will bless you and praise your name forever.
O God you are great and highly to be praised,
your greatness is beyond all measure.
One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your marvelous deeds.
I will speak of your splendour and glory
and all your wonderful works. R

You, God, are righteous in all your ways; and loving in all your deeds.
You are near to all who call to you, to all who call on you in truth.
You fulfil the desire of those who revere you,
you hear their cry and save them
You watch over all who love you but the wicked you will destroy.
My mouth will speak your praise, O God
Let every creature bless your name forever. R.

First Lesson: Exodus 16:2-7, 13-15
Second Lesson: Philippians 1:21-30
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
Solo Will You Come and Follow Me? Peter Rawding
Sermon “The Wonder of Grace”

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. The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-983-2001 if you plan to attend.

Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom continues this Thursday at 11 am. If you attended in the summer the same link will be used and if you would like a copy just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

St James is a caring, close community. People have been wondering
how we can reach out to each other during this Covid time. Outreach
and Communications wants to partner with other groups and individuals to promote a Contact Tree in order to convey important information as well as to keep in touch. If you are interested being a part of this please let the church office know (902 863 2001) or write Fran at fwittgens@gmail.com

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or 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

The Social Justice Committee also invites you to note the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel from Sep 14 > 21. The theme for 2020 is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility”. It is easy to suffer “compassion fatigue” about the situation in the Middle East after so many years of struggle. Please remember that most individuals there desire peace more than anything and simply want to live normal lives like each of us. Peace is fragile, but let us continue to pray and hope!

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 27, 2020)
Exodus 17:1-7 • Philippians 2:4-13 • Matthew 21:23-32

September 13, 2020

September13, 2020 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
The service can be found at https://youtu.be/96Mg8qBGG4c

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (responsive from Isaiah 1:17-18)
God says “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good.”
God calls us to be people of faith, to seek justice, to care for those who are in need, and to be signs of God’s love and grace.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of forgiveness and mercy, we know that through Jesus you have washed away the stain of evil in our lives. You have given us a new life and a new hope which begins this day for us because of the cross and empty tomb. Help us live that new life to the fullest and to share your mercy with the world for we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 131
O God, my heart is not proud, my eyes are not raised too high.
I do not occupy myself with matters too great for me,
with marvels that are beyond me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child
nestling to its mother, like a child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in God from this time forth and forevermore. R

First Lesson: Genesis 50:15-21
Second Lesson: Romans 14:7-12
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
Solo “Spirit Song” Alistair Hamilton
Sermon “The Power of Forgiveness”

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. The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi, Amy Hendricks, and Alistair Hamilton for the beautiful music this morning and to Kenji Omae for taping and editing our online service.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Roddy Adams who died earlier this week and whose funeral was yesterday at St. David’s cemetery. Please keep Debbie and all of Roddy’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayer.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on
Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our
available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-983-2001 if you plan to attend.

Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom resumes this Thursday at 11 am. If you
attended in the summer the same link will be used and if you would like a copy just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

St. James Church Council meets this Tuesday at 7 pm via Zoom.
Please watch your email for the link and minutes.

St James is a caring, close community. People have been wondering
how we can reach out to each other during this Covid time. Outreach
and Communications wants to partner with other groups and individuals to promote a Telephone Tree in order to convey important information as well as to keep in touch. If you are interested being a part of this please let the church office know (902 863 2001) or write Fran at fwittgens@gmail.com

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for
reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or 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

September is Climate Action Month, from KAIROS, and to help us they have included a calendar which gives one activity for each day to inspire collective action for climate justice focusing on weekly themes: Season of Creation, Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, Global Climate Justice, and Water. The link to the calendar, for those with computer access is – https://www.kairoscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Climate-Action-Month-30-Day-Challenge-Card.pdf Even one small action will help us to do something to protect God’s creation.

The Social Justice Committee also invites you to note the World Week
for Peace in Palestine and Israel from Sep 14 > 21. The theme for 2020 is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility”. It is easy to suffer
“compassion fatigue” about the situation in the Middle East after so
many years of struggle. Please remember that most individuals there
desire peace more than anything and simply want to live normal lives like each of us. Peace is fragile, but let us continue to pray and hope!

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 20, 2020)
Exodus 16:2-7, 13-15 • Philippians 1:21-30 • Matthew 20:1-16

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (responsive- from Isaiah 43:19)
Behold, God is doing a new thing.
Here. Now. In the midst of daily life.
The Holy One who created heaven and earth forms us afresh today.
Let our spirits answer with praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Gracious God, as we gather for worship this morning
we ask for you to draw us close.
Remind us of your love, your grace, and your mercy.
Tell us again of your promise to be faithful to us
in this life and into the next.
For we ask all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music Scott Williams

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Ezra 3:10-13
Second Lesson: Romans 13:8-14
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40
Teach Me, O God, the way of your statues and I will keep it until the end
Give me understanding, that I may keep your
and observe it with my whole heart
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies
and not to selfish gain! R
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities, and give me life in your ways
Confirm to your servant your promise
which is for those who fear you.
Turn away the reproach which I dread, for your ordinances are good
Behold, I long for your precepts,
in your righteousness give me life. R
Gospel: Matthew 18:18-20
Sermon “A Time for 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. The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi and Scott Williams for the beautiful music
this morning and to Kenji Omae for taping and editing our online
service.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on
Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our
available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-983-2001 if you plan to attend.

Living Faithfully During Covid 19” is the our congregational plan for
reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or 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

September is Climate Action Month, from KAIROS, and to help us they have included a calendar which gives one activity for each day to inspire collective action for climate justice focusing on weekly themes: Season of Creation, Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, Global Climate Justice, and Water. The link to the calendar, is –
here Even one small action will help us to do something to protect God’s creation.

This week your Social Justice Committee invites you to note two
important dates. Sept 8th is International Literacy Day and Sept 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. UNESCO states: The theme “Literacy
teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond” will focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies, highlighting literacy learning as a lifelong learning perspective and focusing mainly on youth and adults. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise
affected. Read more at: https://www.iasp.info/wspd2020/wspd-brochure/ or https://suicideprevention.ca/WSPD.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #47 Royal Proclamation and Covenant
of Reconciliation – We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and
municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 13, 2020)
Genesis 50:15-21 • Romans 14:7-12 • Matthew 18:21-35

August 30, 2020

August 30, 2020 – Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Great is Thy Faithfulness Hee-jung Choi and Kenji Omae

Call to Worship (Isaiah 48:17)
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of hope and love,
When we are filled with fear and worry, remind us of your grace.
When we are unsure and uncertain, surround us with your love.
When we can not see the way ahead, grant us your vision.
For we wish to be your people and learn and grow in the way of Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 26:1-8
Second Lesson: Romans 12:9-21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
Sermon “Being in the Right Place”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Jesus Calls Us
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude In the Garden Bell Choir (taped May 19, 2019)

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. Throughout August the services at St. James are online at our website. A children’s worship story and activity is also available.

Congratulations and best wishes are extended to Adam Partridge and Vicky Heywood who were married yesterday in North Grant. May God bless them as they begin this new part of their life together.

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com.

The online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

In person worship services at St. James will resume on September 6, 2020. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so we are asking that those who intend to come to the building for worship to please contact the church office at 902-983-2001.

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 performance from the St. James Bell Choir was taped in May 2019 before Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.

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 hopes you will mark September 5, the International Day of Charity. This day seeks to promote and recognize charity and its role in easing humanitarian crises and suffering in the world. It also serves to recognize the work of charitable organizations and individuals around the globe whose philanthropic actions have contribute to the creation of more inclusive, resilient societies. Originally a Hungarian civil initiative to commemorate the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, it took off worldwide in 2012 when the UN declared it an international holiday. One of the most philanthropic individuals of our time, she died in 1997 at the age of 87, after a lifetime of charitable work with the sick and dying in India. Overall, this day reminds us that simple acts of charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises and create more inclusive and resilient societies. What can we as individuals do to help?

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #46 Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation – We call upon the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to develop and sign a Covenant of Reconciliation that would identify principles for working collaboratively to advance reconciliation in Canadian society. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections and should be read in the original text]

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 6, 2020)
Ezra 3:10-13 • Psalm 119:33-40 • Romans 13:8-14 • Matthew 18:18-20

August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020 – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Service is at https://youtu.be/Scr92v916UQ

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude In The Beginning Chris and Gord Morrison

Call to Worship (Isaiah 42:1,4)
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of mercy and hope,
You call us to hear your truth
and to turn away from lies and empty promises.
You call us to know your forgiveness,
to trust in your love, and to become a new creation.
You call us to walk together and share
the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 138
Second Lesson: Romans 12:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Sermon “Two Questions, One Meaningful Answer”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude What A Friend We Have in Jesus

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 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.

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

To note August 29, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, your
Social Justice Committee invites you to reflect on two quotes:
“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.”
¯ Omar N. Bradley (General, United States Army)

“The thought that human beings are considering saving lives by killing millions of their fellow human beings is so preposterous that the words “saving life” have lost all of their meaning. One of the most tragic facts of our century is that this “No” to nuclear weapons has been spoken so seldom, so softly, and by so few.”
¯ Fr Henri Houwen (Dutch Catholic priest, professor,
writer and theologian)

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #45 Royal Proclamation and Covenant
of Reconciliation – We call upon the Government of Canada, on behalf of all Canadians, to jointly develop with Aboriginal peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown. The
proclamation would build on the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764, and reaffirm the nation-to-nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. [please note that this Call includes multiple subsections and should be read in the original text]

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 30, 2020)
Psalm 26:1-8 • Romans 12:9-21 • Matthew 16:21-28

August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020 – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Service can be found at https://youtu.be/2A0sxKH1m7Q

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude What a Friend We Have in Jesus Betsy MacDonald
Call to Worship (Micah 6:6-8)
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of love, let us hear your call to be your people, forgiven and holy, and to reach into the world with the good news of Jesus.
God of mercy, let us know your invitation to love as you love and to transform the world through our words and actions.
God of grace, let us answer your challenge to open the way for your will to be seen as we follow as disciples of the risen Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 67
Second Lesson: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Rev. Meredith Marple
Gospel: Matthew 15: 21-28
Sermon “A Great Faith”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Open My Eyes That I May See

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 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 #44 Canadian government’s/UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – We call upon the Government of Canada to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to mark August 19 – World Humanitarian Day. This annual day pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world. On 19 August 2003 in Baghdad, Brazilian Sérgio Vieira de Mello was killed in the Canal Hotel bombing along with 20 other members of his staff, while working as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Representative for Iraq. Before his death, he was considered a likely candidate for UN Secretary-General. His death deprived the victims of armed conflict worldwide of a unique humanitarian of unmatched courage, drive and empathy who championed their cause fearlessly. This tragic event robbed the humanitarian community of an outstanding leader whose thinking, philosophy, dynamism and courage inspired all, and left a timeless legacy for coming generations to emulate. It’s hard to put into words exactly what humanitarians encounter on the job over the course of 24 hours. The impacts they have. The lives they change. The personal sacrifices they make. It’s a job where there really is no “switching off”. In emergency situations, there are no half days or overtime. Please pray for these real-life heroes.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (August 23, 2020)
Psalm 138 • Romans 12:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20

August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020 – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

The link to the service is https://youtu.be/U0rI38B64fo

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

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

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

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

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this
be a time for you to draw closer to God. Weekly worship services are
posted Saturday night on our website- 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 and have a safe environment in the church.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi (our organist) and Kenji Omae (video and
editing) for sharing their gifts to make this service of worship possible.
Thanks as well to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

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

The Rev. Peter Smith is away on holidays from July 27- August 24.
If there is a pastoral emergency during the coming week please contact
the Rev. Doug Stewart at at (902) 735-2102 or through the St. Martha’s
Hospital Switchboard during the day (902) 867-4500.

The latest issue of Connections, is available on the website. If you
would like a print copy email 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 #43 Canadian government’s/UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – We call upon federal,
provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and
implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

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

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

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

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