Sunday, July 3, 2022

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Processional Highland Cathedral Scott Williams, Piper
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
May our purpose be strong.
To strive for what is fittest.
For there is nothing more precious than the love of God.
shared with friend, kin, and stranger.

Prayer of Approach (together )
God above us, beside us, and within us,
You call us to come together and be your people,
to offer the songs of our hearts, the prayers of our minds,
and the work of our hands. Be in this place and share with us your
wisdom and your grace for we have come in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Hymn: 409 VU Morning Has Broken
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Hymn: 749 VU The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
First Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Second Lesson: Galatians 6:1-10 Carol Anne MacKenzie
Gospel Lesson: Luke 10:1-11
Anthem Bonnie Black Isle (D Knox) Amy Hendricks and Scott Williams
Sermon: “Simple Instructions”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 567 VU Will You Come and Follow Me
Prayers of the People
Hymn 718 VU O God You Gave Your Servant John
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

Beannachd Dia dhuit (Blessings of God be with you.) 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.

A special welcome to the members of the Antigonish Highland Society
who join with us this morning to mark the start of the 157th Antigonish
Highland Games. Together we give thanks for the rich history and
tradition that we will celebrate this week.

Congratulations and best wishes of the congregation are extended to
Lauren (MacDonald) and Geoff Koots who were married yesterday.
May God bless them as they begin a new part of their life together.

Sunday, July 3 at 2:30 pm The Clan Thompson Pipe Band is pleased
once again to present a concert at St. James United Church to kick off
Highland Games Week. In addition to musical numbers by the pipe band,
a small pipes group from the band, and several soloists, the concert will
feature Master of Ceremonies Martin MacDonald, organist Carolyn
Curry, vocalists Justin Skinner and Martha Palmer, trumpeter Luke
Henderson, and The Smith Highland Dancers.

The Church office is closed for the summer. The church voice mail
(902-863-2001) and email (office@stjamesuc.com) 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

Affordable Housing – something to think about! The following is taken from the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society’s (AAHS) website. “Families and individuals living on modest means deserve safe,
good quality housing they can afford, but finding that housing has long been a major challenge for these community members. No new public housing apartments have been built in the Antigonish area since 1996. According to the Eastern Mainland Housing Authority, as of August 2016, the wait list for housing in the town and county stands at 247, which includes single mothers and their children, seniors and people living with disabilities. The competition for low-cost housing between
university students and people living on low incomes means those who are most vulnerable end up in precarious living situations which are often unsafe and/or poorly located with no security of tenure. Research shows that when there is affordable housing families can save money to meet important needs and/or plan for the future. They can free up resources for better quality food and other basic needs. Secure housing promotes increased mental and physical health and gives residents a sense
of independence, identity and pride. It improves educational outcomes for youth and has a positive effect on surrounding property values when it is well-designed and maintained. For more information visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au for a Housing and Health Research Summary.” The AAHS has completed 26 units of affordable housing here in Antigonish. But much more is needed.

There will be a St. David’s Congregational Annual Meeting next
Sunday morning (July 10th) at 8:30 am. The worship service with
communion will follow at 9:00 am.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday
Amos 7:7-17 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:25-37