January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021 – Second Sunday after Christmas

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

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

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

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

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Pastoral Prayer of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Let us go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this
be a time for you to draw closer to God. The services online will be
posted each week on our website and through social media.
This Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to our
service of worship.

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

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

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

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

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

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? You can
send a donation to St. James United Church, P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main
Street, Antigonish NS B2G 2L6, or you can drop it off in the mail slot
in the office door. You can also click on the “Donate” button on the
website to take you to our Canada Helps page, or you can give monthly
via PAR. For more information send an email to office@stjamesuc.com

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

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

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