June 28, 2020

The video of this service is at https://youtu.be/VDja_-pLLOw

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Call to Worship (Colossians 3:12-15)
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each
other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to
which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
Prayer of Approach (together)
Gracious Lord, in Christ you call us to be your people. You invite us to know your will and to speak your word to the ends of the earth. Gather us together, we pray, no matter where we worship this day and speak to us that we might hear and know your mercy and love. For we ask these prayers for ourselves and for each other in Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Lesson: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 Joan MacGillivray
Second Lesson: Romans 6:12-18, 23
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 Hope Smith
Sermon “Welcome, Connection, and Faith”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND

Meditative Music
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

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.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, July 2nd 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 for the summer. Messages on the voice mail will be checked regularly 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.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (July 5, 2020)
Psalm 145:8-14 • Romans 7:15-25a • Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

SAFE (Syrian Antigonish Families Embrace) is excited to share some good news!!!! We have just recognized World Refugee Day 2020 and hold in our hearts the families calling for help for family members living
in untenable conditions and struggling to provide their children with food and shelter.
The good news is that we have received the offer of a generous gift that gives us an opportunity to bring two Syrian refugee families to Antigonish. A kind and very generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in SAFE donations. This would enable us to bring a family of seven to Canada from Lebanon and take us a long way towards bringing a young couple from Jordan. Both families are connected with members of our Antigonish Syrian community. The family of seven has 5 children ages 2 – 11 years. They bring knowledge of and skills in farming and agriculture and want their children to go to school and live a life without the fear of war and
violence. The other family is a young couple, the brother and son of a family that lives here. His Mom has not seen him since she came to Canada, and cannot rest until he is safe.

We are asking you to help us raise $10,000. It is a challenging time for fundraising as our province is just beginning to emerge for the COVID-19 shutdown. But we think that we can do it. There are several ways you can contribute:

  1. You can send SAFE a donation, knowing that whatever the amount is, it will be doubled with the matching funds from our donor. If you send a donation through an e-transfer (safamiliesembrace@gmail.com)
    or by cheque to 204 Kirk Place, 219 Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2C1, 100% of the funds will go to SAFE. You can also donate through Canada Helps at http://www.safeantigonish.ca/ All
    donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
  2. Please encourage friends and family to contribute with a joint donation. Families supporting families can be a way for children to understand their connection with the larger world.
  3. You can pass this email along to all you think may want to help, post it on Facebook, and invite others to support our efforts to bring 2 families
    to safety. Our hope is to raise these funds over the next 6-8 weeks and get the applications submitted to the Canadian government as soon as possible
    knowing that application processing takes time. So this is our summer challenge. Please join us. Together we can make it happen.
  4. Thank you for caring and for all that you do. If you have any questions please call our treasurer at 902-870-7891 Lucille Harper, Chair SAFE Society

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