November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020 – Twenty- Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Prelude Claire Singer
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Micah 6:8)
God has told us what is required.
God has shown us how to live.
We are to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with our God.

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
God of grace, you fill our hands with blessings.
You give us abilities, skills, and potential
and you fill each new day with opportunities.
Thank you for all your blessings
and show us how live wisely and faithfully
for are your people through Jesus Christ, Amen.
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

Responsive Reading Psalm 123 (p. 847 VU)
To you I lift up my eyes
to you who are enthroned in the heavens.
As the eyes of the servants look to their master’s hands,
as the eyes of a maid to the hands of her mistress,
so our eyes look to you, O God,
as we wait till you show us your favour. R
We have had more than enough of contempt.
Too long have we suffered at the scorn of the wealthy,
and the contempt of the arrogant. R
First Lesson: Judges 4:1-7
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Anthem Claire Singer
Sermon “Good and Faithful or Wicked and Lazy?”

Meditative Music
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. The services online will be
posted each week on our website and through social media.

Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in
the sanctuary for in person worship is limited so please contact the
church office earlier in the week at 902-863-2001 if you plan to attend.

The Men’s Club wish to thank the members of the congregation and
community for their positive response to our sale of the Lobster Packs.
However as of Thursday we still have 24 2 lb. packs available. I am
suggesting that some of you may know friends or neighbors who might
be interested in purchasing one or more packs. If so, have them call Bob
Murray at 863-3179 to arrange to have them picked up.

Connections – It’s time for the St. James United family to think about
the Christmas edition of Connections. So much has changed, yet our
spirit and connectedness to the church remains strong. If you are
uncertain about whether or not your idea would be appropriate for the
newsletter, why not give me (Brenda Rose) a call at 867-1587 or drop me
an email at I’d love to hear from you.

As we navigate through this unusual year, we have seen many changes
in the way St James delivers and funds its Ministry. Moving to online
services, restrictions in the number of people who can attend in person on
Sunday, the loss of our Stump Frolic and rental income, as well as the
cost of Covid 19 compliance have all impacted the finances at St James.
At the end of September, we find ourselves in a deficit situation of more
than $28,000 and with the unknowns that face us over the next couple of
months, the Finance and Stewardship Committee is quite concerned
about a shortfall at the end of 2020. To help ensure the programs and
ministry at St. James will continue without disruption we ask that you
consider making a special donation. Envelopes are available in the pew
and may be used for this special offering appeal. While we welcome
your response to this appeal at any time, donations made before
November 30th will help us better plan for the new year.
Thank you and God Bless.
Your Finance and Stewardship Committee

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note that today has been
designated “Children’s Sunday” by the United Nations. The United
Church of Canada highlights the need to protect the human rights of
Palestinian children, and suggests that we join with other churches and
justice seeking organizations in lobbying the federal government “to
ensure the human rights of Palestinian children are protected by
instructing a Special Envoy to promote, monitor and report on the human
rights situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied Palestinian
Territory and Gaza.” This action supports the Recommendations of the
MP group that visited Palestine and Israel in 2018 and the Parliamentary
petition #2667 sponsored by MP Paul Manly. Please consider signing
the petition if you haven’t already.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #57 Professional Development and
Training for Public Servants – We call upon federal, provincial,
territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public
servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and
legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous
law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based
training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights,
and anti-racism.

It doesn’t have to be complicated…just a thought, prayer or card going
out to someone you know who is sick or dealing with some kind of loss
or sorrow.- A thought from Outreach and Communication Committee

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 • Ephesians 1:15-23 • Matthew 25:31-46 4

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