September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020 – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Ephesians 3:20-21 responsive)
With God’s power working in us, God can do much,
much more than anything we can ask or imagine.
To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time,
forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of grace and love, when we ask you answer,
when we hurt you comfort, when we struggle you assist,
and when we are unsure you show us the way.
Draw us close this day to you and to each other
and teach us again the wonder
of your great love for us in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 145 (p.866 VU)
Every day we will bless you and praise your name forever.
O God you are great and highly to be praised,
your greatness is beyond all measure.
One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your marvelous deeds.
I will speak of your splendour and glory
and all your wonderful works. R

You, God, are righteous in all your ways; and loving in all your deeds.
You are near to all who call to you, to all who call on you in truth.
You fulfil the desire of those who revere you,
you hear their cry and save them
You watch over all who love you but the wicked you will destroy.
My mouth will speak your praise, O God
Let every creature bless your name forever. R.

First Lesson: Exodus 16:2-7, 13-15
Second Lesson: Philippians 1:21-30
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
Solo Will You Come and Follow Me? Peter Rawding
Sermon “The Wonder of Grace”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music
Prayers of the People
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 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.

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 continues 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 minister@stjamesuc.com

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 Contact 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 fwittgens@gmail.com

“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 office@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

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 27, 2020)
Exodus 17:1-7 • Philippians 2:4-13 • Matthew 21:23-32

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