October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021 – Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from John 3:16)
The story of Jesus is the story of God’s love for us.
For God so loved the world.
Jesus Christ died and rose again to offer us salvation.
God came to us in Jesus of Nazareth.
Now our lives can be filled with grace and hope.
So that we might not perish but have eternal life.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of heaven and earth,
the Bible tells us that you made us, come among us,
and offer us salvation because you love us.
We hear that good news but we struggle to believe
that it is true for our lives.
We know our flaws, our secret sins, and we doubt
that you really forgive us and invite us to be your people.
Speak to us again, we pray, of your love,
and let your Holy Spirit touch us with your grace
so that we might not merely hear but know
the love you call us to experience
as we follow in the way of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 296 VU This is God’s Wondrous World
Children’s Story and Lord’s prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 119:1-8 , (Part 1 p. 838 VU)
First Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:11-14
Gospel: Mark 12:28-34
Anthem Sine Nomine (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Choir
Sermon: “When Love is the Answer and the Question.”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Though I May Speak
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 333 VU Love Divine All Loves Excelling
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. The services online are posted each week on our website ( www.stjamesuc.com) and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

October is Mi’kmaq history month in Nova Scotia. May we learn from the past and seek to build better relationships with our first nations neighbours as treaty people living in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 2
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546.

Thursday, November 4
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. If you are interested and don’t have the link please send an email to office@stjamesuc.com
6:00 Choir practices. If you are interested please speak with Chris Morrison.

Sunday, November 7
10:30 am Our Remembrance Sunday service.

The COP Conference starts today in Glasgow and runs to Fri, Nov 12. This is the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26. This may be the last chance we have to turn things around for Mother Earth. Want to take some action? Go to https://unfccc.int/blog and check out the climate action tab to see how simple changes to our diets and the way we buy our clothes can make a difference! And don’t hesitate to let Prime Minister Trudeau; our representative at the conference, MP Jonathan Wilkinson; and your MP Sean Fraser know how important this issue is to you by writing or emailing them. justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca; jonathan.wilkinson@parl.gc.ca; sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca

The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James is restarting on Tuesday November 16th. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.

The next celebration of Holy Communion will be November 21st. If you would like to pick up elements to celebrate through the online service please contact the church office by phone 902-862-2001 or email office@stjamesuc.com

Visiting at St. Martha’s. Just a reminder that because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place at the hospital that Rev. Peter cannot visit unless he receives a request from someone in the hospital or their family. If you are in the hospital and would like a visit please call 902-863-2859 to leave a message for Rev. Peter or tell one of the staff at St. Martha’s.

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? You can mail a donation to St. James United Church, P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street, Antigonish NS B2G 2L6, drop it off in the mail slot, click on the “Donate” button on the website, or you can give monthly via PAR. For more information send an email to office@stjamesuc.com

Next Sunday’s Scripture

1 Kings 17:8-16 • Hebrews 9:24-28 • Mark 12:38-44

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