November 28, 2021

November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- adapted from Psalm 130:5-6)
We wait for the Lord; our souls wait;
and in the Lord we hope;
our souls wait for the Lord,
and in the promises of God we draw our strength.

Hymn: 2 VU Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Prayer of Approach (together):
God of hope, we need your help in our lives.
In our hours of worry and fear, give us calm.
In our days of challenges and troubles, give us resilience.
In our times of confusion and uncertainty, give us resolve.
For we seek to be your people in the world and
prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of Jesus Christ, Amen

Lighting of the Advent Candle (together)
Jesus Christ, Hope of the World, shine in our lives and our world with your promise of a new tomorrow, Amen.
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
A candle of hope in November’s dark night
While angels sing blessings from heaven’s starry sky,
Our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 25 (p. 752 VU)

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Gospel: Luke 21:25-36
Anthem Emmanuel is Coming (Price/Besig)
Sermon: “The Days are Coming”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 7 VU Hope Is a Star
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 44 VU It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
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 recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com).

Connections continues to urge all members and adherents of St. James United Church to submit articles for our newsletter. Connection is what keeps our congregation strong and through Connections we are able to exchange thoughts, information, and personal stories. Please consider making a word donation to our newsletter, preferably before Dec. 12. All items can be emailed to brendaannerose@ gmail.com or dropped off at the church office.

THIS WEEK 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. $10 adults, $5 Seniors and Children. Tickets available at the door.

Tuesday, November 30
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546

Thursday, December 2
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.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

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

29 Nov is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The UN committee that deals with this issue states “The presence and construction of Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal under international law, contravenes Israel’s obligations under the Road Map and constitutes a serious obstacle to the peace process.” Dec 1st is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”. This is also the launch of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. Dec 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – think this is no longer a problem today? Think again! Among just the top six countries that have a slavery problem, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and North Korea have over 26 million people who live as slaves. And Dec 3rd is the International Day of People with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” Think about the ways in which the things we do can be more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Lights of Love Campaign 2021. This year marks the 24th Anniversary of our Lights of Love Campaign. You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased love one or honour someone presently in your life. Monies raised will support the “Comforts of Home Campaign”. Donations can be made by calling the R.K. Foundation office at 902-863-2578, Ext. 223. Please join us in the R.K. Chapel for the tree lighting and dedication ceremony.

Next Sunday’s Scripture
 Malachi 3:1-4  •  Philippians 1:3-11  •  Luke 3:1-6

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