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October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020 – Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from1 Peter 2:10)
Once we were not a people,
but now we are God’s people;
once we had not received mercy,
but now we have received new life in Jesus.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of love, you call to each and every one of us.
You invite us to be your people,
to share in mercy and grace,
and to know your compassion and hope.
Open our heart and minds that we might experience again
your goodness and grace in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46
Anthem
Sermon “The Heart of Faith”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Invitation to Communion

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of mercy, it is not always easy to give you thanks and praise. When our hearts ache and our spirits falter, it is difficult to think of anything other than ourselves and our pain.
In your mercy, remember us even when we forget about you.

God of love, you do not forsake us. When we wander, you seek us out. When we stumble, you support us. When we are in pain, you comfort us.
In our need, surround us with your love and shelter us in your care.

God of grace, you provide for us. Through the words of scripture, through the compassion of others, through each new day, you offer us the possibility of life and the potential of a new tomorrow.
In our uncertainty, remind us of your presence and your promises.

God of hope, you know our need and answer us. As we come before you with bread and cup remind us of what you have done through Jesus Christ and what you continue to do for us through your Holy Spirit.
For what is impossible for us is possible for you.

As we take this bread, we remember Jesus’ death upon the cross.
As we share this bread, let your Spirit move and bring healing and peace.
Jesus said “This is my body which is broken for you”

As we take this cup and drink, we remember the new covenant made by Jesus. As we share this cup, let your Spirit fill us with hope and comfort.
Jesus said “This is my blood, poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”

God of peace through the bread and cup, let us taste the eternal and experience the possibilities that you have set before each of us. By your mercy, in your grace, and through your love move among us and show us again the truth of the gospel for we have come in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Breaking of Bread and Sharing of the Cup
Prayer After Communion (together)
Eternal and Loving God,
for the bread which we have eaten
and the cup we have tasted,
we praise and thank you.
For you have touched us by your Holy Spirit,
and called us to live as your people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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 Rev. Peter Smith will be away from Monday, October 26, 2020 until Monday November 2. If there is a pastoral emergency during that time please contact the Rev. Meredith Marple at 902-863-0452. Next Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to the pulpit.

Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary for in person worship 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. 6th 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.

As we navigate through this unusual year, we have seen many changes in the way St James delivers and funds its Ministry. Moving to online services, restrictions in the number of people who can attend in person on Sunday, the loss of our Stump Frolic and rental income, as well as the cost of Covid 19 compliance have all impacted the finances at St James.

At the end of September, we find ourselves in a deficit situation of more than $28,000 and with the unknowns that face us over the next couple of months, the Finance and Stewardship Committee is quite concerned about a shortfall at the end of 2020.

To help ensure the programs and ministry at St. James will continue without disruption we ask that you consider making a special donation. Envelopes are available in the pew and may be used for this special offering appeal. While we welcome your response to this appeal at any time, donations made before November 30th will help us better plan for the new year.

Thank you and God Bless.
Your Finance and Stewardship Committee

Social Justice Thought for the Week – Simple Ways to Help the Environment: Save electricity. Save water. Avoid taking cars or carpool whenever possible. Avoid plastic and excess packaging.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #54 National Council for Reconciliation – We call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding for the National Council for Reconciliation to ensure that it has the financial, human, and technical resources required to conduct its work, including the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust to advance the cause of reconciliation.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (November 1, 2020)

Revelation 7: 9-17 ? 1 John 3: 1 – 3 ? St. Matthew 5: 1 – 12

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

Deacon

Presentation to Deacon Formation Class

Bethany November 26, 2016

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

Pdf of Slides on Protestantism

Powerpoint of Slides on Protestantism

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

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

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

God Bless,

Rev. Peter

 

Community Hot Meal

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

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

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

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

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

Lion and Lamb

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