July 19, 2020

July 19, 2020 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

The service is found here https://youtu.be/A6HkYhto-dA

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Be Still My Soul Ryan Billington
Call to Worship (Hosea 10:12)
(God says) “Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
Until God comes to rain righteousness on you.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace you know us.
You know our triumphs and failures,
you know our minds and our hearts.
You know us and call to us to be your people
and to share in the blessings of your kingdom.
Open our ears and our lives this day that we might hear again
the good news of Jesus Christ for us and our world, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Lorrie Crawford
Second Lesson: Romans 8:12-25 Fran Wittgens
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Sermon “A Parable of Weeds”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Great is Thy Faithfulness
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude No 14 Introduction (G F Handel) A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. Our worship service and a children’s story and crafts are posted Saturday night on our website.

The last Virtual Coffee Hour for summer will be held this Thursday, July 23th at 11 am via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 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.

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, is available on the website. If you would like a print copy 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 in person worship at St. James as well as the online service

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 #40 Justice – We call on all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, to create adequately funded and accessible Aboriginal-specific victim programs and services with appropriate evaluation mechanisms.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 26, 2020)
Psalm 119:129-136 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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