July 24, 2022 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Psalm 138)
We gather to give thanks to God with all our heart!
We will sing praises before all the world.
We will rejoice in God’s steadfast love!
For we are created by and precious to God.
Prayer of Approach (together)
Faithful God, we are deeply grateful
for the unfailing love and the faithfulness you have shown us.
When we call out, you answer us.
When we are exhausted, you give us the strength to go on.
When we find ourselves in uncertain places, we know you are near.
Thank you for your love and your faithfulness to us.
For we are your people in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Hymn: 415 VU God, We Praise You For The Morning
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading: Psalm 138 (p.860)
First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32
Second Reading: Colossians 2:6-15
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
Sermon “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 672 VU Take Time To Be Holy
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 664 VU What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Commissioning and Benediction
A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this
be a time for us to draw closer to each other and God. We recognize that
we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the
Mi’kmaq People, and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations.
Traveling this summer? Going to be away from Antigonish on a
Sunday? Feel welcome to take part in our online worship. The services
from Sunday morning are posted around 3:00pm and linked through our
website (www.stjamesuc.com) and can be found on our facebook page
Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note that the 28th is World
Hepatitis Day. This year’s theme is: “Achieving the elimination of viral
hepatitis within evolving health systems”. An international summit will
provide the opportunity to promote the new World Health Organization’s
global health sector strategy on HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STIs) and highlight the key strategic and operational shifts
required to end the epidemic of viral hepatitis by 2030.
Also July 30 th is the International Day of Friendship. The theme is
“Sharing the human spirit through friendship”. Friendship makes people
prosperous and peaceful. This is also a key source to maintain social
harmony and mildness among societies. By developing the trends of
friendship among people, societies and countries – we can achieve a
better level of stability, solidarity and peace. By sharing emotions of
happiness and serenity you can conquer the hearts of others. It’s a great
opportunity to spend time with friends. It can be something as simple as:
going for a hike, visiting a park, going to the beach, having lunch or
dinner at a restaurant, camping, arranging a party for old friends to recall
sweet memories or phoning friends you haven’t seen recently
How can you help support the life and work at St. James? If you are
attending in person worship there are boxes at each door for you to make
your offering. Some people also use PAR (pre authorized remittence) to
support the life and work of the church. Once a month your offering is
moved from your bank account to St. James. No need to look for your
checkbook or find your offering envelopes! If you are interested in
getting envelopes or learning more about PAR please speak with Pamela
Cunningham or Rev. Peter.
The Church office is closed for the summer. The church voice mail
(902-863-2001) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as the secure
mail slot in the office door are being checked on a regular basis. The
office will reopen Tuesday, September 6th
Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with
Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for
all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift
catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to
support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are
available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in
Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger,
shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of
the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca
Stewardship Thought for July 24, 2022
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put
together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu – cleric, theologian, human rights activist
Next Sunday’s Scripture
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 • Colossians 3:1-11 • Luke 12:13-21