October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020 – Thanksgiving Sunday

Call to Worship (from 1 Chronicles 16:34)
Let us give thanks to the Lord,
for God is good;
and God’s love endures forever.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of all creation, we come this day to give you thanks.
All around us are the signs of your blessing-
the richness of the harvest, the beauty of the natural world,
and the family and friends who surround us.
Thank you for all your good gifts
and help us to bless others through them, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music Come Ye Thankful People Come
Responsive Psalm 67 (p. 786 VU)
Be gracious unto us, O God and bless us;
and let the light of your face shine upon us,
That your ways may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.

Let the nations be glad, and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples righteously
and guide the nations of the earth.
The earth has yielded its harvest, and you, our God, have blessed us.
Your blessing, O God, be upon us.
May all the ends of the earth revere you. R

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 8:7-18
Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Solo Christine Morrison
Sermon “Thankful People”

Meditative Music Now Thanks We All Our God
Litany of Thanksgiving (together)
O God, giver of every good gift move us to thanksgiving,
not because of what we have, but because of whose we are;
not because of present blessing, but because of your unending grace
not because of the moment, but because of the eternity you promise.
Let our thanksgiving be expressed
not only in feasting, but in sharing;
not only in passive enjoyment, but in active service;
not only in annual observance, but in daily attitude.
So that everyday of our lives might be a day of Thanksgiving, Amen.

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.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Downey Kirk who died last week. Downey’s service was on Thursday here at St. James. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come.

At a special service of worship yesterday afternoon at St. James we welcomed Hunter Dean Henley, child of Caitlyn Stewart and Lloyd Henley to the church through the sacrament of baptism. Standing with Hunter as godparents were Trevor Stewart and Holly Henley.

Thanks to Mavis and Bob Murray and Tara Nicholson for the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations on the Communion Table this morning.

In person worship services at St. James have resumed at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Because of the social distancing requirements our available seating in the sanctuary is limited so please contact the church office earlier in the week at 902-863-2001 if you plan to attend.

The next celebration of Holy Communion will be October 25, 2020.

Virtual Coffee Time continues this Thursday at 11 am. If you would like to join the fun just email Rev. Peter minister@stjamesuc.com

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, or you can drop it off in the mail slot in the office door. You can also 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

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note World Food Day on 16 Oct. As some of us finish up our last turkey leftovers, consider that only nine plant species account for 66% of total crop production, despite the fact that there are at least 30,000 edible plants in the world. We need to grow a variety of food to nourish people and sustain the planet. Also 17 Oct is the International Day for Poverty Eradication The 2020 theme is: Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination. This day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. What are our politicians doing to address this issue?

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #52 Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System – We call upon the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and the courts to adopt the following legal principles: i) Aboriginal title claims are accepted once the claimant has established occupation over a particular territory at a particular point in time, and ii) once Aboriginal title has been established, the burden of proving any limitation on any rights arising from the existence of that title shifts to the party asserting such a limitation.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (October 18, 2020)
Isaiah 45:1-7 • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-7 • Matthew 22:15-22

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