May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020 – Ascension Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Call to Worship (Isaiah 40:31)
But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of each new day, as we gather in worship
open our eyes to see the new life you are bringing,
open our ears to hear again the good news of Jesus,
and open our hearts to experience hope and faith.
For we join in worship with other believers, separated by circumstance but united through your love and promise for us in Jesus Christ, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Lesson: Psalm 47 Ben Polson
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 Fran Wittgens
Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
Sermon “Waiting in 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.

The prayers and Christian Sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Francis (Frank) Xavier MacDonald who died earlier this week. Please keep Anne Louise and all of Frank’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come. A small family service will take place and a recording of that service and memories of family will be found at www.MacIsaacs.ca on May 25, 2020.

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held again this Thursday, March 28th 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 interested in reading scripture in a Sunday service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) for information.

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, 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 .

This week the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition forwarded the attached letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and an assortment of high level politicians calling on them to consider implementation of a national “Basic Income Program”. It has been demonstrated through the current use of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that a similar program is not only “doable” but would reduce duplication of all our current “safety net” programs and has the potential to be far more effective. Please note that the St James United Church’s Social Justice Committee was pleased to be one of the more than 30 Nova Scotian signatories to this important request. We have joined our voices with forty Canadian senators who also recently asked for serious consideration of this potentially societal altering program. Please consider joining your voice by contacting the PM, your MP, etc.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 31, 2020)

Numbers 11:24-30 • Acts 2:1-21 • John 20:19-23

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