September 13, 2020

September13, 2020 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
The service can be found at

Call to Worship (responsive from Isaiah 1:17-18)
God says “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good.”
God calls us to be people of faith, to seek justice, to care for those who are in need, and to be signs of God’s love and grace.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of forgiveness and mercy, we know that through Jesus you have washed away the stain of evil in our lives. You have given us a new life and a new hope which begins this day for us because of the cross and empty tomb. Help us live that new life to the fullest and to share your mercy with the world for we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

Responsive Psalm: Psalm 131
O God, my heart is not proud, my eyes are not raised too high.
I do not occupy myself with matters too great for me,
with marvels that are beyond me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child
nestling to its mother, like a child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in God from this time forth and forevermore. R

First Lesson: Genesis 50:15-21
Second Lesson: Romans 14:7-12
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
Solo “Spirit Song” Alistair Hamilton
Sermon “The Power of Forgiveness”

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 online worship services at St. James will continue throughout the fall. The services will be posted each week on our website and through social media.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi, Amy Hendricks, and Alistair Hamilton for the beautiful music this morning and to Kenji Omae for taping and editing our online service.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Roddy Adams who died earlier this week and whose funeral was yesterday at St. David’s cemetery. Please keep Debbie and all of Roddy’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayer.

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 902-983-2001 if you plan to attend.

Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom resumes this Thursday at 11 am. If you
attended in the summer the same link will be used and if you would like a copy just email Rev. Peter

St. James Church Council meets this Tuesday at 7 pm via Zoom.
Please watch your email for the link and minutes.

St James is a caring, close community. People have been wondering
how we can reach out to each other during this Covid time. Outreach
and Communications wants to partner with other groups and individuals to promote a Telephone Tree in order to convey important information as well as to keep in touch. If you are interested being a part of this please let the church office know (902 863 2001) or write Fran at

“Living Faithfully During Covid 19″ is the our congregational plan for
reopening St. James safely this fall. The document is the result of a great deal of work by staff and various committees of the church using advice and direction from NS Public Health and the United Church of Canada. A copy can be found on the website and anyone wanting a paper copy is asked to contact the office 902-863-2001 or

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

September is Climate Action Month, from KAIROS, and to help us they have included a calendar which gives one activity for each day to inspire collective action for climate justice focusing on weekly themes: Season of Creation, Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, Global Climate Justice, and Water. The link to the calendar, for those with computer access is – Even one small action will help us to do something to protect God’s creation.

The Social Justice Committee also invites you to note the World Week
for Peace in Palestine and Israel from Sep 14 > 21. The theme for 2020 is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility”. It is easy to suffer
“compassion fatigue” about the situation in the Middle East after so
many years of struggle. Please remember that most individuals there
desire peace more than anything and simply want to live normal lives like each of us. Peace is fragile, but let us continue to pray and hope!

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 20, 2020)
Exodus 16:2-7, 13-15 • Philippians 1:21-30 • Matthew 20:1-16

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