June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020 – Third Sunday After Pentecost

Call to Worship (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
Loving God, we gather as your people. We come because you have chosen us through Jesus to be your church and to live within the promise of the cross and empty tomb. Speak to us this day of the unity and hope which is ours through Jesus Christ and show us the way you have opened for us to live now and for eternity, Amen.

First Lesson: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 ` Brenda Botterill
Second Lesson: Romans 6:1b-11 Joanne MacKenzie
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39
Sermon “Finding our Lives”

Meditative Music There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction

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 Church Council meet this past Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm via
Zoom. They reviewed the events of past three months and began plans necessary to reopen St. James in the fall. Currently the plan required by Public Health is being worked on by various committees of the church.

Congratulations to all the graduates who are receiving their diplomas this year as they finish High School. May God bless them and their families during this time.

The UCW and Men’s Club are pleased to announce that their bursary this year is going to Rebecca van de Weil. Congratulations Rebecca and all the best in your future plans!

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, June 25th 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.

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 church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

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 .

Are you interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

Intimate Partner Abuse – This is more prevalent than ever during the pandemic with families forced to stay at home in close quarters. And it’s a hard subject to discuss, especially with people you think may be experiencing it. If you’d like some tips on how to broach that conversation and help someone, check out this easy to adapt “zine” from the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. It’s got some great ideas!
Click here for the link

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to celebrate this year’s National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at home. Keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following instructions from health officials and other trusted, reliable sources. You can learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the IndigenousReads reading list or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum. Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day about reconciliation and about Indigenous Culture. This is so much a part of Canada’s history – we are all a “Treaty People”!

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 28, 2020)
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42

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