April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021 -Second Sunday of Easter


Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- adapted from Hebrews 1:1,3)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.”
Let us open our hearts and minds to meet the risen Christ.
“By faith we understand that creation comes through the word of God,
so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”
Let us discover the new life which is ours through the cross
and empty tomb.

Prayer of Approach: (together)
Living Lord, we come into your presence
having heard the shouts of alleluia at Easter.
Speak to us in the words shared this day, listen to us as we pray,
and surround us with the hope and possibility which you give to us through your love and by your grace, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music This Is The Day That God Has Made

Responsive Psalm 118:1-4, 14-18 (Parts 1-2 p. 837 VU)
Let Israel now say:
“God’s love endures for ever.”
Let the house of Aaron say:
“God’s love endures for ever.”
Let those who fear God say:
“God’s love endures for ever.” R

God is my strength and my song; God has become my salvation.
There are shouts of joy and deliverance in the tents of the righteous.
The right hand of God does mighty things;
the right hand of God raises me up.
The right hand of God does mighty things.
I shall not die. but live; and I shall proclaim what God has done.
God indeed punished me, but did not give me over to death. R

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
Second Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:2
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Sermon: “Faith and Doubt”

Meditative Music Christ is Alive
Prayer 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 services online are posted each week on our website ( www.stjamesuc.com )and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family and friends of Keith Adams who died last week. There was visitation on Friday at C.L. Curry Funeral Home and the funeral service will be later in the spring in St. David’s cemetery. Please keep Cathy, Carroll, his grandchildren, and all of Keith’s brothers and sisters, family, friends, and neighbours in your thoughts and prayers.

The Rev. Peter Smith is on study leave from Tuesday, April 13- Tuesday, April 20. If there is a pastoral emergency during that time please contact the Rev. Doug Stewart at (902) 735-2102 or through the St. Martha’s Hospital Switchboard during the day (902) 867-4500 press “0″ for the operator.

There are no specific dates on the Social Justice Calendar this week, however on March 24 the United Church published the following item about human rights violations in the Philippines and it bears review and action. “The United Church of Canada joined with 65 Canadian civil society organizations and numerous prominent individuals in a March 16 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying the time for quiet diplomacy with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime is over. Canada must speak up loudly against the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines. The joint letter to the prime minister was precipitated by the “Bloody Sunday” massacre on March 7, 2021, of nine human rights defenders in the Philippines that directly impacted United Church partners. Despite a landmark June 2020 report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Philippine rights situation that details widespread and systematic human rights violations by the Philippine government, including the killing of human rights defenders, violence and harassment against rights defenders in the Philippines have only intensified.”

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #78 National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation. To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? You can mail a donation to St. James United Church, P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street, Antigonish NS B2G 2L6, drop it off in the mail slot, click on the “Donate” button on the website, or you can give monthly via PAR. For more information send an email to office@stjamesuc.com

    Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Acts 3:12-19 • Psalm 4 • 1 John 3:1-7 • Luke 24:36b-48

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