September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Call to Worship (responsive- from Isaiah 43:19)
Behold, God is doing a new thing.
Here. Now. In the midst of daily life.
The Holy One who created heaven and earth forms us afresh today.
Let our spirits answer with praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Gracious God, as we gather for worship this morning
we ask for you to draw us close.
Remind us of your love, your grace, and your mercy.
Tell us again of your promise to be faithful to us
in this life and into the next.
For we ask all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer
Meditative Music Scott Williams

First Lesson: Ezra 3:10-13
Second Lesson: Romans 13:8-14
Responsive Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40
Teach Me, O God, the way of your statues and I will keep it until the end
Give me understanding, that I may keep your
and observe it with my whole heart
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies
and not to selfish gain! R
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities, and give me life in your ways
Confirm to your servant your promise
which is for those who fear you.
Turn away the reproach which I dread, for your ordinances are good
Behold, I long for your precepts,
in your righteousness give me life. R
Gospel: Matthew 18:18-20
Sermon “A Time for Faith”

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 and Scott Williams for the beautiful music
this morning and to Kenji Omae for taping and editing our online

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.

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, is –
here Even one small action will help us to do something to protect God’s creation.

This week your Social Justice Committee invites you to note two
important dates. Sept 8th is International Literacy Day and Sept 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. UNESCO states: The theme “Literacy
teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond” will focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies, highlighting literacy learning as a lifelong learning perspective and focusing mainly on youth and adults. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise
affected. Read more at: or

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #47 Royal Proclamation and Covenant
of Reconciliation – We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and
municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 13, 2020)
Genesis 50:15-21 • Romans 14:7-12 • Matthew 18:21-35

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