Sunday, July 17, 2022

July 17, 2022 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Colossians 1: 15-28)
Jesus, you have called us together,
To rejoice in who you are.
And rejoice in who we are because of you!
We stand in thanks and celebration
Because, Blessed Saviour, you live your life in us!

Prayer of Approach (together)
Gracious and loving God,
you continually provide us with opportunities
to practice generous hospitality.
Yet our fear of difference, our reluctance to share,
and our desire to be in control
makes that welcome weak and insincere.
We long for what is familiar and comfortable,
we have difficulty honoring the stranger
as a sacred guest who bears the face of Christ.
Worn out and irritated by the work we think we must do,
we miss opportunities to receive the gifts that such guests offer us.
Forgive us, O God, for focusing on the wrong things.
Show us how to focus on what is right,
for we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hymn: 232 VU Joyful, Joyful
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 15 (p.736)
First Reading: Amos 8:1-12
Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-28
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Anthem
Sermon “Preoccupied by Many Things”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND

Hymn: 612 VU There Is A Balm In Gilead
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 337 VU Blessed Assurance
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for us to draw closer to each other and God. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations.

The Church office is closed for the summer. The church voice mail (902-863-2001) and email (office@stjamesuc.com) as well as the secure mail slot in the office door are being checked on a regular basis. The office will reopen Tuesday, September 6th

Please note that tomorrow is Nelson Mandela Day! This iconic figure who triumphed over South Africa’s apartheid regime has many accolades. He was a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, and an international peacemaker. And the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. So you see why the United Nations want to celebrate his life. Commemorated on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, this day celebrates the idea that every individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact. So, in honor of his 67 years of public service, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the UN ask that you spend 67 minutes of your time helping others. The global theme for 2022 is “Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.”

Traveling this summer? Going to be away from Antigonish on a Sunday? Feel welcome to take part in our online worship. The services from Sunday morning are posted around 3:00pm and linked through our website (www.stjamesuc.com) and facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/StJamesAntigonish).

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? If you are worshiping in person there are the offering boxes at the doors. Envelopes can be dropped off at the office (or in the mail slot after hours) or mailed to “St James United Church, P. O. Box 1178 Antigonish, NS B2G 2L6. Online donations via credit card can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button on the website and interac e-transfers can be sent to eft@stjamesuc.com

Brunswick Street Mission: Ever wondered what happens at the United Church Mission on Brunswick Street in Halifax? You only need a Facebook account; then visit their page and hit the “LIKE” button at the top. You will then receive updates including pictures, videos and stories; Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/BSMHalifax

Stewardship Thought for July 17, 2022
It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.
Nigerian proverb

Next Sunday’s Scripture
Genesis 18:20-32 • Colossians 2:6-15 • Luke 11:1-13