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April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021 -Second Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
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

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
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
Anthem
Sermon: “Faith and Doubt”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Christ is Alive
Prayer 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. 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

April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude Suite in D major “Overture” (G.F.Handel)
Hee-Jung Choi (organ) Andy Hirt (Trumpet)
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
Weeping may linger for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.
God turns our weeping to dancing
and clothes us in gladness.
Let us praise God and not be silent!
Let us shout our Hallelujahs for Christ is Alive!

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
God of grace, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead,
for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.
Renew your gift of life within us, increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ,
and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of
eternal life which is ours because of your love, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Jesus Christ is Risen Today

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Second Reading: I Corinthians 15:1-11
Anthem Because He Lives Charles Lowe
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: “The Good News for Peter and the Disciples”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Anthem: Christ is Risen as He Said (John Carter)
Ron Johnson, Andy Hirt, and Amy Hendricks (Violin)
A Litany for Easter (responsive)
On this day we celebrate the new life
which comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God, we thank you for the evidence of your life-giving power.
On this day we celebrate the new life
which follows humanity’s cruelty and violence.
God, we thank you for examples of human kindness and forgiveness.

On this day we celebrate new life
which follows the fear and despair the early followers felt.
God, we thank you for the signs of positive change
in the lives of your present-day disciples.
On this day we celebrate the new life
made possible by the power God’s love.
God, we thank you for the promise of our own resurrection whenever we, too, walk through times of fear and death.

On this Easter we proclaim together that Christ has died,
Christ is Risen,
and Christ will come again.
Hallelujah! Amen!

Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Suite in D major “March(Bourree)” (G.F.Handel)
Hee-Jung Choi (organ) Andy Hirt (Trumpet)

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 )

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

4 April, in addition to being our Easter celebration, is the International Day for Mine Awareness & Action and National Refugee Rights Day. The theme for the former is: Perseverance, Partnership, Progress. Last year, the United Nations mine action community stepped up to face COVID-19 challenges. They continued to deliver results, fulfilling obligations, surveying, clearing, training, and eradicating the threat of landmines and explosive ordnance. In 2021 these challenges will require perseverance, but the work will continue. The UN advanced its work to mitigate the threat of improvised explosive devices and strengthened and built new partnerships. The UN will carry forward progress toward a world free from the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance. Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. It is an opportunity to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights as a result of the Singh Decision. Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the continued threats to those rights.

Also, this Thursday, April 8, at 12:30 pm local time, on the eve of the Liberal and New Democratic Party National Conventions, The United Church of Canada is inviting Canadians across the country to light a candle in support of a Guaranteed Livable Income or GLI. Building on recent heightened awareness of the importance of community health and well-being and on the demonstrated success of basic income programs, this unique opportunity calls on our government to roll out a GLI program in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leadership. “When people have a livable income, they can turn the heat on, pay for medications, have decent food, pay the rent, leave an abusive relationship, and plan for the future. Now is the time to make a lasting change in the system and encourage a more equitable society,” says the Very Rev Lois Wilson, former Moderator and senator.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #77 National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

    Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Acts 4:32-35 • 1 John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31

March 28, 2021

March 8, 2021 – Palm Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Ride On! Ride On In Majesty! Robert Murray
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive from Zechariah 9:9)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Prayer of Approach: (together)
Eternal God, we gather with Christians around the world and down through the ages as Jesus enters the holy city on the way to the cross. Let us witness together the cross and the empty tomb and let us discover once more the wonder of your love and your grace, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
Anthem Fear not, Ye People Robert Murray
Sermon: “A Triumphal Entry”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music What Wondrous Love is This
The New Creed (together)
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others
by the Spirit. We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

Celebration of Holy Communion
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right and good to give God thanks and praise.

We thank and praise you, Eternal God, for you send Jesus Christ into the world to reclaim us. Your answer to our world lost in sin was a Saviour with the power to set us free and return us to your kingdom.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
We thank and praise you, Loving God, for Jesus Christ reveals your presence and speaks your words to a weary world. Jesus in his life shows us your way and allows us to hope of life eternal with you.

Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me, has seen my Father.”
We thank and praise you, Merciful God, for Jesus Christ who empties himself and becomes a servant to all. He takes upon himself our sins and suffers for our sakes. He is wounded for our transgressions and is killed to break the power of sin and death.

Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.”
Take this bread and bless it, we pray,
that it might be for us the body of Christ.

Jesus said, “This is my blood which is shed for you.”
Take this cup and bless it, we pray,
that it might be for us the blood of Christ.

Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Renew us, we pray. Renew our weary spirits, fill our hearts with your love, and open our eyes to see the meaning and purpose of Christ’s death upon the cross and his rising from the grave. Hear our prayer, God most Holy, in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of Heaven, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

Prayer after Communion (together)
Lord Jesus, bread of life and the true vine, we have remembered your death upon the cross and the new covenant made in your blood. Fill us now with the hope and peace to go out in the world and bear witness to your love, Amen.

Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Si Beag, Si mor Malcolm MacNeil

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 )

Holy Week and Easter Services
Good Friday, April 2 at 10:30
Easter Sunrise, April 4 at 6:30 am in the back of St. James
Easter Sunday, April 4 at 10:30- reservations are being taken please be in touch with the office (902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com).

The Social Justice Committee wants to call your attention to the United Church’s ongoing “For the Love of Creation” campaign for climate justice. There is more about this in the latest edition of Connections. James 2:18 True faith shows itself in action!

Truth & Reconciliation- Call #76 Missing Children and Burial Information – We call upon the parties engaged in the work of documenting, maintaining, commemorating, and protecting residential school cemeteries to adopt strategies in accordance with the following principles: i) the Aboriginal community most affected shall lead the development of such strategies, ii) information shall be sought from residential school Survivors and other Knowledge Keepers in the development of such strategies, and iii) Aboriginal protocols shall be respected before any potentially invasive technical inspection and investigation of a cemetery site. 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 Easter Sunday

Isaiah 25:6-9 • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 • Mark 16:1-8

March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from I Timothy 1:13-15)
We have received mercy because of God’s unending love
for God’s incredible grace is shown to us in Jesus Christ.
This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance:
that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
So let us not worry about whether God forgives us or accepts us
but come before God filled with thanksgiving and praise.

Prayer of Approach: (together)
Eternal and Holy God, you know the problems of our lives, the sins we have committed, and the fears within our hearts. You know all of those things and you come to us in Jesus speaking words of healing, forgiveness, and hope. Speak to us through the scripture and prayers this day that we might not merely hear the good news of the cross but begin to believe and live within your grace, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Jesus, Friend of Little Children

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading: Psalm 119:9-16 (p. 838 VU)
How shall the young be faultless in their way? By keeping to your words.
With my whole heart I seek you,
let me not stray from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart for fear I should sin against you.
Blessed are you, O God; teach me your statutes.
With my lips I proclaim all the judgements you have uttered.
I find more joy in the way of your commandments
than in all manner of riches.

I will meditate on your precepts, I will give heed to your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. R.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10
Gospel: John 12:20-33
Anthem
Sermon: “Seeing Jesus”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Beneath the Cross of Jesus
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. The services online are posted each week on our website ( www.stjamesuc.com )and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

For the month of March, the church office will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am until noon. Emails, voice messages, and mail slot are checked regularly.

The worship committee met last Week to look at the upcoming Holy Week and Easter services. It was decided because of the Covid-19 restrictions that there would be no Maundy Thursday service in the hall.
Holy Week and Easter Services
Palm Sunday, March 28 Celebration of Holy Communion
Good Friday, April 2 at 10:30
Easter Sunday, April 4 at 10:30

If you are interested in attending the Easter Service please be in touch with the church office (902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com) as we are still limited in the number of people who can attend in the building.


If you are interested in attending an Easter Sunrise service (which will be held outside at St. James) please speak with Rev. Peter.

This is a busy Social Justice Week. On 21 March please mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – this year’s theme is “Youth standing up against racism”. It engages the public through #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination and calls on each of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. Young people massively supported the 2020 Black Lives Matter marches. On social media, they mobilized participation, calling on their peers to speak out, and to stand up for equal rights. This was all the more remarkable in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic! March 22 is World Water Day. Water means different things to different people. In Canada today we have dozens of First Nations communities that have gone without potable water for decades! What does that say about our government’s priorities? Can you imagine not being able to drink your household water or bathe in it? We also invite everyone to observe Earth Hour on March 27th. Please turn off your lights and as many electronic appliances as you can between 8:30 and 9:30 this Saturday evening to show support for our planet . There are lots of fun things your family can do. Enjoy a candlelight dinner, play board games, practise your night photography, dance the night away! Check out earthhour.org for additional ideas

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #75 Missing Children and Burial Information – We call upon the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, churches, Aboriginal communities, former residential school students, and current landowners to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenance, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. 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

Isaiah 50:4-9a • Philippians 2:5-11 • Mark 11:1-11