June 7, 2020

The worship service is at https://youtu.be/E63v0rv3K_Y

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER


Prelude “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Michèle Ashby
Call to Worship (Romans 14:17-19)
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Holy God, you created all life on earth with care and purpose,
this day create a renewed life within us and in our world.
Merciful God, you once walked on the earth and taught the gospel, this day teach once more your way, your truth and your life.
Loving God, you came in wind and fire to bless and inspire disciples,
this day descend upon us with your blessing.
For we ask this prayer for ourselves and for each other, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE


First Lesson: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Rev. Peter Smith
Second Lesson: Psalm 8 Hope Graham
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon “Going Into the World”

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, June 11th 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

Are you graduating or have a graduate in your family? We would love to recognize them in an upcoming worship service. Please forward the names to Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com

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.

The Social Justice Committee invites you to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June and World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June.

The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” Innovation—relating to the introduction of new methods, ideas, or products – is a dynamic term, and one that is fundamentally filled with hope. For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30×30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all! You can sign the petition online.

“Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.” (Text taken from International Labour Organization website) Due to COVID-19 these children are now at even greater risk of facing more difficult circumstances and working longer hours.

And if you’re opening these announcements on Sat, 6 June, you still have time to participate in the Antigonish Black Lives Matter march this evening! It will start at 7:00 pm at Columbus Field. It will begin with everyone able to “taking a knee” for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Participants will then march into town and back to Columbus Field. This is a family friendly, peaceful march with participants requested to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 – stay home! Please join in expressing solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities affected by police brutality and in acknowledging the racial and colonial injustices that exist in Canada today. We extend solidarity to our United States counterparts and the individuals protesting systemic racism across Turtle Island and beyond.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (June 14, 2020) Genesis 18:1-14 • Romans 5:1-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:8

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