April 18, 2021 -Third Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to worship (Responsive)
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Followers of Jesus, by his cross we are redeemed from the futility of sin.
Alleluia!
By his rising we are free from the fear of death.
Alleluia!
By his love we are made new in the living and enduring Word of God.
Come, let us worship the risen Christ.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

Prayer of Approach: (All)
Eternal and ever living God. We give you thanks for the love poured into our world through Jesus Christ, who opened our minds to understand what you have made. His appearance among his followers brings peace. He creates faith through touch and love. Show us Jesus, even now, through the mystery of your threefold presence, One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Children’s story and Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 4, (page 727 of Voices United)
Answer me, when I call, O God, defender of my cause,
for you set me free when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me now and hear my prayer. R.

How long, you people, will you defame my honour?
How will you love what is worthless and seek lies?
Know this, that God has chosen the faithful;
God hears me when I call.
Stand in awe, and cease from sin;
Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still.
Offer the sacrifices that are appointed,
and put your trust in God. R.

First Reading: Acts 3: 12 – 19
Epistle: 1 John 3: 1 – 7
Holy Gospel: St. Luke 24: 36b – 48
Anthem
Sermon: “The Risen Christ Lives Among Us.”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Thine is the Glory
Pastoral Prayer of the people
Commissioning and Benediction
Let us go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Postlude

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 )

This morning we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to the pulpit. 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.

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

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note that 22 April is Earth Day and 24 April is World Immunization Day. Unfortunately COVID-19 protocols preclude us holding our usual Earth Day service here at St James again this year, however there are many things you can do at home to celebrate. Mother Earth has enjoyed an excellent break from many forms of pollution this past year. Perhaps we can carry some of the more positive aspects of pandemic living into the future? And what can we say about immunizations? Hopefully many of us have now had our first vaccine against COVID-19 and more of us will soon. Let’s be grateful for this opportunity and pray that the immunizations continue to roll out promptly around the world for all. The theme this year is ‘Vaccines bring us closer’. While the world focuses on critically important new vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed. Many children have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio. Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of vaccination adds to this threat.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #79 Commemoration – We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with survivors, Aboriginal organizations, and the arts community, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration.
To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

    Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Acts 4:5-12 • Psalm 23 • 1 John 3:16-24 • John 10:11-18

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