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

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