November 21, 2021

November 21, 2021 – Reign of Christ Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- from John 14:6, Colossians 1:15)
Where can we look for help?
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of grace and life, we are here because you call us to be here.
You reach into our lives and speak to us
of your mercy and hope, your peace and your love.
Allow us this day to know the life you call us to lead,
the truth of your gospel, and the way you open for us
through the cross and empty tomb, Amen.

Hymn: 244 VU Sing Your Praise to God Eternal
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Reading:2 Samuel 23:1-7
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel: John 18:33-37
Anthem You Are Mine (David Haas) Choir
Sermon: “A King Unlike Any Other”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 460 VU All Who Hunger
Prayer for the Celebration of Holy Communion
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, Holy God, for the teaching and witness of Jesus Christ. The record of scripture shares the parables and wisdom he taught. The testimony of those who followed him bears witness to his life, death, and resurrection.
Help us to carry those words in our hearts that we might be a people informed and excited by the gospel message.

We give you thanks, Eternal God, for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The suffering and death of Jesus on the cross show your love has no limits. The triumph of the empty tomb and the presence of our Risen Lord reveal the wonder of your grace.
Help us to embody your living Word that we might signs of your grace and love in the world.

We thank you for this table. We thank you for the bread of life which is broken for our sins. We thank you for the cup of salvation which seals the new covenant.
Help us to experience the great love and sacrifice which makes this meal communion with you.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Bless’d is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

As we come to the table, we remember that Jesus broke bread saying, “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We break this bread. We eat and we remember.

As we come to the table, we remember that Jesus shared the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
We share the cup. We drink and we remember.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Send, we pray, your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that as we feast together the bread and cup might be for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Allow us to draw near to you and share this bread and cup as a sign of our faith and trust in the power of your love and grace.

This we ask, Holy and Eternal God, in the name of Jesus and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Prayer after Communion
Hymn: 213 VU Rejoice, the Lord Is King
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. We gather in faith in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com) and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 23
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James resumes. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546

Thursday, November 25
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. Don’t have the link and want to join? Just send an email to the church office.
6:30 pm Choir practices. For more information please speak to Christine Morrison.

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that the 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, (VAWG), particularly domestic violence, has intensified. VAWG is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. It manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms: intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide); sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment); human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation); female genital mutilation; and child marriage.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

Sunday, November 28
2:30 pm Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends – In Concert, A St. Andrews Celebration. Proceeds to St. James Choir. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

Saturday, December 4
10:00 am Decorating of the Sanctuary for Christmas season. The worship committee invites anyone interested to come and help them decorate for the season. Speak to Christine Morrison for more information.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Friday, November 26 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a pre-holiday garage sale at the John Paul Centre on Main St. The auxiliary will be accepting donations for the sale on Thursday November 25 from 10 AM – 5 PM at the Centre. Please no donations of clothing, electronics nor books at this time.

Sunday, November 28th 11:00-1:30 Annual Hip of Beef Dinner at Mini Trail Community Centre, Lakevale. Enjoy a buffet style dinner of roast beef, vegetables, salad, rolls and amazing desserts. $20/Adults, $10/ Children 12 and under. Take-outs available. Ticket at the door! For more information 902-870-5528. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Next Sunday’s Scripture
Jeremiah 33:14-16  •  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13  •  Luke 21:25-36

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