Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Call to Worship (from Ezekiel 34:11-16)
For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Gentle Shepherd, draw us close to you and speak to us this day. Speak to us of your love for us and your desire for us to live within your mercy and grace. Call us to follow so that we might find the way you open for us through the cross and empty tomb. For we have gathered in our diverse places as your people, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47 Alex Penner
Second Lesson: Psalm 23 Linda MacDougall Penner
Gospel: John 10:1-10
Sermon “Knowing the Good Shepherd”

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. Weekly worship services are posted Saturday night on our website- http://www.stjamesuc.com. A children’s story and activity links are also posted each week.

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Alexander “Ralph” Baxter who died this week. Please keep Mary, Cheri and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers this coming week. There is a private family service on Monday May 4, 2020. Please see http://www.clcurry.com/obituaries/146104 for information about the livestream.

Are you interested in reading scripture for Sunday’s service? Please be in touch with Rev. Peter (minister@stjamesuc.com) if you are interested.

Thanks to Hee-Jung Choi (our organist) and Kenji Omae (video and editing) for sharing their gifts to make this service of worship possible. Thanks to Chad Brazier for taping the children’s story.

Rev. Peter can be reached via email minister@stjamesuc.com or at his study 902-863-2859. For emergencies please call him at 902-863-0452.

The church office is closed. If you need to reach the office please email Patsy at office@stjamesuc.com or leave a message at 902-863-2001

Offering can be made through the Canada Helps button on our website or by mailing cheques to:
St. James United Church,
P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 2L6

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that today is World Press Freedom Day. The theme for 2020 is “Journalism without Fear or Favour”. Especially in these days when COVID-19 misinformation is being tossed around, this is an important concept. To quote the United Nations: “Disinformation: a silent weapon in times of pandemic. UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and UNDP (UN Development Programme) join forces to promote verified information against COVID 19. UNESCO invites the media, journalists, government agencies, organized civil societies and digital influencers to share among their audiences practices that promote verified management of the content circulating on social media.” Think press freedom in Canada is safe? As recently as 2017 there was a case of Quebec journalists whose telephone conversations were tapped by the Sûreté du Québec. Threatening press freedom is threatening access to information, because without a free press, journalists cannot collect and report their information safely and independently. Promotion of press freedom and journalist safety will ensure the public’s access to impartial and quality information.

Are you interested in donating via PAR? PAR is an easy way to make your offering to St. James. If you are interested send an email to office@stjamesuc.com for more information.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (May 10, 2020)
Acts 7:55-60 • Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 • 1 Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14

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