May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (John 13:34-35 NRSV)
Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of each new day,
In the rising and the setting of the sun,
in the seasons and the new growth around us,
you show us the possibility and potential of your love.
In the forgiveness and mercy
made possible through the cross and empty tomb
you call us to a new life as your people.
As we gather in worship open our hearts and minds to hear again your promise to us through Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 17:22-31 Mike Cook
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Liz Millett
Gospel: John 14:15-21
Anthem Gord and Chris Morrison
Sermon “Love Shows the Way”

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 this Thursday at 11 am via Zoom. Please email Rev. Peter for 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 to Gord and Chris for sharing their gift of music. Thanks 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 interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note two upcoming dates this week. May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity. Most of our world’s major conflicts have some cultural dimension. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. Cultural diversity is an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. We have many examples of positive diversity here in Antigonish – just think of the wonderful work done by our Syrian friends at Peace by Chocolate! Their contributions to our economy and social fabric have been recognized nationally and internationally.

The theme for this year’s celebration of Biological Diversity is: Our solutions are in nature! And Mother Nature has been enjoying a well deserved rest from many of our polluting devices the last three months. 2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is expected, from each of us, that we will “Build Back Better” by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as we recover from this pandemic.

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

The Finance and Stewardship Committee have cancelled the Stump Frolic scheduled for June 6th because of the State of Emergency restrictions.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 24, 2020)
Psalm 47 • Ephesians 1:15-23 • Luke 24:44-53

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