Posts by Patsy

October 17, 2021

October 17, 2021 – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost


Prelude Garret van de Wiel
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
Why do we come to worship?
To open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit.
What is our hope as we gather?
To know the forgiveness and new life which Jesus offers.
What does God asks from us in life?
To seek justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly in faith.

Prayer of Approach (together):
Loving and eternal God, we come this day as your people.
We come humbly understanding how we have failed
and seeking the grace you offer to us.
We come hopefully hearing your invitation
and promise of new life.
We come joyfully knowing that you invite us to walk with you
and with each other in the way of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 409 VU Morning Has Broken
Children’s Story and Lord’s prayer.


Responsive Reading: Psalm 91 (p. 807 VU )
First Reading: Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:35-45
Anthem Garret van de Wiel
Sermon: “That is Great”

Meditative Music O Master Let Me Walk with Thee
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 574 VU Come, Let Us Sing of A Wonderful Love
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 ( and through social media ( )

Thanks to Garret van de Wiel who is sharing his gift of music with us this morning

The Rev. Peter Smith is away from Monday. October 18 until Monday October 25. If there is a pastoral emergency during that time please contact the Rev. Meredith Marple at 902-863-0452. Next Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to lead our service of worship.

Choir practices are resuming on Thursday evenings. If you are interested please speak with Chris Morrison after service.

Please remember that as committees and groups begin resuming activities that it is important to book your room through the church office. The church office is open Monday to Friday 9 am until 1 pm. Patsy can also be reached by email and telephone 902-863-2001.

October is Mi’kmaq history month in Nova Scotia. May we learn from the past and seek to build better relationships with our first nations neighbours as treaty people living in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Proof of Vaccine requirement at St. James. We have received clarification from NS Public Health that all activities other than our regular Sunday morning service will require proof of vaccine. This includes weddings, funerals, and meetings of our groups and committees.

Visiting at St. Martha’s. Just a reminder that because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place at the hospital that Rev. Peter cannot visit unless he receives a request from someone in the hospital or their family. If you are in the hospital and would like a visit please call 902-863-2859 to leave a message for Rev. Peter or tell one of the staff at St. Martha’s.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note that today is the International Day for Poverty Eradication. COVID-19 has reversed decades of progress in the fight against poverty. According to the World Bank, between 88 and 115 million people are being pushed into poverty as a result, with the majority of the new extreme poor found in South Asian and Sub-Saharan countries where poverty rates are already high. In 2021, the numbers are expected to rise! Many are talking of “building back better,” but the message is clear from the impoverished that they do not want to build back to what was before. Instead, people living in poverty propose to build forward. Building forward together means ending persistent poverty, respecting all people and our planet. What can we do locally to eradicate poverty? Follow the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition and their work.

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

October 3, 2021

You are welcome to join Bridging the Gap, a discussion on October 6 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM via Zoom. We will talk about community health priorities with other individuals across the Eastern Zone.

Community Health Boards (CHBs) advise Nova Scotia Health on local perspectives, trends, issues, and priorities. They share information and feedback between the community and Nova Scotia Health. Local community health priorities guide their work, and you have an opportunity to contribute your perspective to this discussion.

The event will be facilitated by Gerard Murphy of Barefoot Facilitation and will involve small group discussion in breakout rooms. We will talk about CHB work and the topics of affordable housing, food security, and transportation, as well as barriers to access. This is also a great opportunity to learn about how to join a Community Health Board and share your perspective and knowledge from living in your community.

All individuals, community groups, and perspectives are welcome!
If you are affected by the identified community health issues and/or work with people who are, please register and share with your contacts.

You can register for the event by emailing Marylynn Vickers at the following email:

RELS397.20 Christian-Muslim Encounters: A 1400-Year Conversation Winter 2022 The Syriac, Coptic, and Arabic-speaking Christians of the Middle East were the first Christians to encounter Islam in its nascent form. This Christian engagement with Islam shaped the lines of theological disputation from the 7th century onwards. What were these conversations like? What can today’s Christians and Muslims learn from these early encounters? The course begins with a brief introduction to Christian and Islamic theology, which already hints at these conversations. This leads to an examination of a section of the Qur’an that highlights some of the key issues of theological disagreement (and agreement) and that sets the stage for the next 1400 years. We then look at some of the earliest theological writings in the history of Christian-Muslim encounters before moving on to reflections on modern and contemporary methods and debates from a variety of perspectives, from attempts to find unity to conversion-oriented outreach. The course uses a variety of types of sources, from original primary source dialogues and debates in translation from Arabic, Syriac, and Coptic, to secondary source commentaries on them, to contemporary novels and films.
The course is taught by Dr. Linda Darwish, Department of Religious Studies, StFX University. It will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45, Jan.-April 2022. You are warmly invited register for credit or audit. Seniors 65+ can register for free!

Invitation to another interesting/informative webinar featuring experts from around the world to help you better understand the Israel/Palestine conflict. Arrest, detention and interrogation of Palestinian teenagers living in the West Bank A special webinar organized by “Stand Up for Palestinian Children’s Rights”, a broad based cross-Canada planning committee, in collaboration with the Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine (OFIP).

Imagine heavily armed soldiers breaking into your home at 2 am, dragging your teenager out of bed and taking him off to be interrogated!
Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested in this way every year by the Israeli military. Many on “suspicion” of stone throwing which can bring a sentence of up to 10 years in jail. Their parents can also be arrested. In custody the children may be subjected to physical and/or psychological torture to reveal the names of their friends. The conviction rate of the children is 99%.

Canadians Kathy Bergen and Dorcas Gordon will interview two on the spot observers – one Palestinian and one Israeli – from Jerusalem about this horrifying situation:
• Salwa Dubais from Military Court Watch will tell us about the impact on Palestinian families and the difficulties teens face after their imprisonment.
• Dani Shenhar from HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual (an Israeli human rights organization assisting Palestinians of the occupied territories whose rights are violated due to Israel’s policies) will explain the difference in laws governing Palestinian and Israeli youth.

What can Canadians do? In 2020 the Canadian government admitted it is aware of what is happening. Yet no obvious action has been taken. Might the appointment of a Canadian special envoy help to change this? To learn more and join the conversation, you are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Arrest and detention of Palestinian children By registration only. To register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

September 26, 2021

The church office is will be closed on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. May we learn from the past and seek to build better relationships with our first nations neighbours as treaty people living in Mi’kma’ki , the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Your Social Justice Committee hopes you will join us in marking Sept. 30th, Orange Shirt Day. More than ever this year, we need to acknowledge that every child matters! On Thursday this week, please wear orange and encourage others to do the same. Let us honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those institutions.

Next Sunday, October 4th we will celebrate Holy Communion at St. James. If you would like elements to celebrate via the online service please contact Patsy in the church office.

Thanksgiving is coming up and the worship committee are looking for help in decorating the windows as we have in other years. If you are interested please contact the church office or sign up after church.

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

         Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Job 1:1, 2:1-10 • Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 • Mark 10:2-16