Worship Services

December 5, 2021

December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- from Zechariah 2:10)
Rejoice, peoples of the earth!
For the Lord says “I am coming,
and I shall make my dwelling among you.”

Hymn: 18 VU There’s A Voice in the Wilderness
Prayer of Approach (together):
God of promise, draw us close in this time of worship.
Speak your word of hope
and calm our fears and worries.
Tell us of your peace
and help us to share your vision for the earth.
Open our hearts and minds
and allow us to experience again your promise of salvation.
For we have gathered as your people
in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lighting of the Advent Candle (together)
Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, shine in our lives and show us your way of everlasting peace. Amen.
A candle is burning, a candle of Peace,
A candle to signal that conflict must cease
For Jesus is coming to show us the way
A message of peace humbly laid in the hay

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Song of Zechariah Luke 1:68-79 (p. 900 VU)
First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
Anthem Emmanuel Soon Will Be Here (Price/Besig)
Sermon: “Right Here, Right Now”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 48 VU Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 64 VU O Little Town of Bethlehem
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. The service is posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com).

Congratulations and best wishes to those who received degrees and diplomas at the St FX Fall Convocation this past Saturday, December 4th May God bless you on all your future plans.

Connections continues to urge all members and adherents of St. James United Church to submit articles for our newsletter. Connection is what keeps our congregation strong and through Connections we are able to exchange thoughts, information, and personal stories. Please consider making a word donation to our newsletter, preferably before Dec. 12. Items can be emailed to brendaannerose@gmail.com or can be dropped off at the church office.

Today is International Volunteer Day – thank a volunteer. And if you don’t already volunteer yourself, give it a try! “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry. Tomorrow is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence when Canadians remember the tragedy that occurred in Montréal in 1989, when 14 women were killed by an anti-feminist. Please pause for a moment of silence, wear a white or purple ribbon as a commitment to end violence against women and reflect on how you might further this goal. Also the 10th is Human Rights Day. This day is celebrated to raise awareness about people’s social, cultural, and physical rights and to ensure the welfare of everyone. The five basic human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, December 7
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Meeting Room. December 14th will be the last class and the Meditation Group will resume on Jan. 11th For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546.

Thursday, December 9
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom.
6:30 pm Choir practices.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

Friday, December 24
4:00 pm Christmas Eve service at St. David’s
7:00 pm Family Christmas Service at St. James
9:00 pm Christmas Eve Communion

The end of the calendar year is quickly coming. Thursday, Dec 30th will be the final date for donations to be received and credited for the 2021 income tax year at St. James. Donations can be dropped off anytime up to and including that day through our secure mail slot. Online donations can be made anytime at http://www.stjamesuc.com

Next Sunday’s Scripture
 Isaiah 12:2-6  •  Philippians 4:4-7  •  Luke 3:7-18

November 28, 2021

November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- adapted from Psalm 130:5-6)
We wait for the Lord; our souls wait;
and in the Lord we hope;
our souls wait for the Lord,
and in the promises of God we draw our strength.

Hymn: 2 VU Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Prayer of Approach (together):
God of hope, we need your help in our lives.
In our hours of worry and fear, give us calm.
In our days of challenges and troubles, give us resilience.
In our times of confusion and uncertainty, give us resolve.
For we seek to be your people in the world and
prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of Jesus Christ, Amen

Lighting of the Advent Candle (together)
Jesus Christ, Hope of the World, shine in our lives and our world with your promise of a new tomorrow, Amen.
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
A candle of hope in November’s dark night
While angels sing blessings from heaven’s starry sky,
Our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 25 (p. 752 VU)

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Gospel: Luke 21:25-36
Anthem Emmanuel is Coming (Price/Besig)
Sermon: “The Days are Coming”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 7 VU Hope Is a Star
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 44 VU It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
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. We recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the First Nations. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com).

Connections continues to urge all members and adherents of St. James United Church to submit articles for our newsletter. Connection is what keeps our congregation strong and through Connections we are able to exchange thoughts, information, and personal stories. Please consider making a word donation to our newsletter, preferably before Dec. 12. All items can be emailed to brendaannerose@ gmail.com or dropped off at the church office.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 28
2:30 pm Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends – In Concert, A St. Andrews Celebration. Proceeds to St. James Choir. Proof of vaccination and ID required. $10 adults, $5 Seniors and Children. Tickets available at the door.

Tuesday, November 30
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546

Thursday, December 2
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. Don’t have the link and want to join? Just send an email to the church office.
6:30 pm Choir practices. For more information please speak to Christine Morrison.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

Saturday, December 4
10:00 am The worship committee invites anyone interested to come and help them decorate for the season. Speak to Christine Morrison for more information.

29 Nov is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The UN committee that deals with this issue states “The presence and construction of Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal under international law, contravenes Israel’s obligations under the Road Map and constitutes a serious obstacle to the peace process.” Dec 1st is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”. This is also the launch of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. Dec 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – think this is no longer a problem today? Think again! Among just the top six countries that have a slavery problem, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and North Korea have over 26 million people who live as slaves. And Dec 3rd is the International Day of People with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” Think about the ways in which the things we do can be more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Lights of Love Campaign 2021. This year marks the 24th Anniversary of our Lights of Love Campaign. You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased love one or honour someone presently in your life. Monies raised will support the “Comforts of Home Campaign”. Donations can be made by calling the R.K. Foundation office at 902-863-2578, Ext. 223. Please join us in the R.K. Chapel for the tree lighting and dedication ceremony.

Next Sunday’s Scripture
 Malachi 3:1-4  •  Philippians 1:3-11  •  Luke 3:1-6

November 21, 2021

November 21, 2021 – Reign of Christ Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive- from John 14:6, Colossians 1:15)
Where can we look for help?
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of grace and life, we are here because you call us to be here.
You reach into our lives and speak to us
of your mercy and hope, your peace and your love.
Allow us this day to know the life you call us to lead,
the truth of your gospel, and the way you open for us
through the cross and empty tomb, Amen.

Hymn: 244 VU Sing Your Praise to God Eternal
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Reading:2 Samuel 23:1-7
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel: John 18:33-37
Anthem You Are Mine (David Haas) Choir
Sermon: “A King Unlike Any Other”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 460 VU All Who Hunger
Prayer for the 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 to give God thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, Holy God, for the teaching and witness of Jesus Christ. The record of scripture shares the parables and wisdom he taught. The testimony of those who followed him bears witness to his life, death, and resurrection.
Help us to carry those words in our hearts that we might be a people informed and excited by the gospel message.

We give you thanks, Eternal God, for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The suffering and death of Jesus on the cross show your love has no limits. The triumph of the empty tomb and the presence of our Risen Lord reveal the wonder of your grace.
Help us to embody your living Word that we might signs of your grace and love in the world.

We thank you for this table. We thank you for the bread of life which is broken for our sins. We thank you for the cup of salvation which seals the new covenant.
Help us to experience the great love and sacrifice which makes this meal communion with you.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Bless’d is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

As we come to the table, we remember that Jesus broke bread saying, “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We break this bread. We eat and we remember.

As we come to the table, we remember that Jesus shared the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
We share the cup. We drink and we remember.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Send, we pray, your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that as we feast together the bread and cup might be for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Allow us to draw near to you and share this bread and cup as a sign of our faith and trust in the power of your love and grace.

This we ask, Holy and Eternal God, in the name of Jesus and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Prayer after Communion
Hymn: 213 VU Rejoice, the Lord Is King
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. We gather in faith in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com) and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 23
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James resumes. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546

Thursday, November 25
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. Don’t have the link and want to join? Just send an email to the church office.
6:30 pm Choir practices. For more information please speak to Christine Morrison.

Your Social Justice Committee reminds you that the 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, (VAWG), particularly domestic violence, has intensified. VAWG is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. It manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms: intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide); sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment); human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation); female genital mutilation; and child marriage.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

Sunday, November 28
2:30 pm Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends – In Concert, A St. Andrews Celebration. Proceeds to St. James Choir. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

Saturday, December 4
10:00 am Decorating of the Sanctuary for Christmas season. The worship committee invites anyone interested to come and help them decorate for the season. Speak to Christine Morrison for more information.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Friday, November 26 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a pre-holiday garage sale at the John Paul Centre on Main St. The auxiliary will be accepting donations for the sale on Thursday November 25 from 10 AM – 5 PM at the Centre. Please no donations of clothing, electronics nor books at this time.

Sunday, November 28th 11:00-1:30 Annual Hip of Beef Dinner at Mini Trail Community Centre, Lakevale. Enjoy a buffet style dinner of roast beef, vegetables, salad, rolls and amazing desserts. $20/Adults, $10/ Children 12 and under. Take-outs available. Ticket at the door! For more information 902-870-5528. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Next Sunday’s Scripture
Jeremiah 33:14-16  •  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13  •  Luke 21:25-36

November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
The voice of God echoes through the natural world.
God calls us to draw near.
So we gather as people of faith to worship.
Jesus calls us to follow as disciples.
Opening our hearts and hands to reach into the world.
The Spirit calls us to transform the earth by our love.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of grace and life,
the world around us is still chaotic and anxious
so we come before you burdened by worry and fatigue.
Tell us once again of your grace and your mercy,
fill us with the strength and hope of the gospel,
and restore us through the power of your love.
For we have gathered as your people in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hymn: 223 VU Eternal Unchanging
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 15 (p. 736 VU)
First Reading: 1 Samuel 1:4-20
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25
Gospel: Mark 13:1-8
Anthem Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice Choir
Sermon: “Faith in a Changing World”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music 331 VU The Church’s One Foundation
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 675 VU Will Your Anchor Hold
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. We gather asking God to help us build better relationships with our first nations neighbours in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com) and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

Your Social Justice Committee asks you to note that the 16th is the International Day for Tolerance. This annual observance was declared by UNESCO to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. The 1995 declaration of Principles on Tolerance stated, “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” Also the 20th is Universal Children’s Day. “Investing in our future means investing in our children”. This is a fun day – with a serious message of protection and welfare of children’s rights.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 16
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James resumes. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.
1:30 pm The UCW General will meet in the Sanctuary. All women of the congregation are invited to attend.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546
7:00 pm Church Council meets over Zoom.

Thursday, November 18
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. Don’t have the link and want to join? Just send an email to the church office.
6:30 pm Choir practices.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES 

Sunday, November 21
10:30 am Our next celebration of Holy Communion. If you would like to pick up elements for the online service please call 902-862-2001 or email office@stjamesuc.com

Sunday, November 28
2:30 pm Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends – In Concert, A St. Andrews Celebration. Proceeds to St. James Choir. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

Saturday, December 4
10:00 am Decorating of the sanctuary for Christmas season. The worship committee invites anyone interested to come and help them decorate for the season. Speak to Christine Morrison for more information.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Friday, November 26 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a pre-holiday garage sale at the John Paul Centre on Main St. The auxiliary will be accepting donations for the sale on Thursday November 25 from 10 AM – 5 PM at the Centre. Unfortunately, they are unable to accept donations of clothing, electronics nor books at this time.

Sunday, November 28th 11:00 to 1:30 – Annual Hip of Beef Dinner at Mini Trail Community Centre, Lakevale. Enjoy this buffet style dinner of roast beef, fresh vegetables, salad, rolls and an amazing assortment of desserts. $20 for Adults, $10 for Children 12 and under. Take-outs Available. Ticket sales at the door! For more information about the event please call 902-870-5528. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

2 Samuel 23:1-7 • Revelation 1:4b-8 • John 18:33-37

November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021 – Remembrance Sunday

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
The poppies are a reminder of war.
We pray for all those whose lives were lost in war.
The poppies grew after the fighting finished.
We pray for peace to take root in our world.
The poppies sit above our hearts.
We pray that God will help us to transform and change the world.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of grace and glory,
we come together to remember the times of war which have touched our world, our nation, and our families.
Open our ears to hear again the truth of the past,
our eyes that we might see the reality of our world,
and open our hearts that we might work
for peace throughout the earth.
For we gather as your people, believing and
trusting in your promise of a better future, Amen.

Hymn: 527 VU God, As With Silent Hearts
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD IS WITH US AS WE REMEMBER
“O Canada”
The Last Post and Silence Luke Dobson
Lament Scott Williams
Rouse Luke Dobson
Placing of the Wreath Captain Tim Hinds
Prayer for Remembrance (together)
Ever-living God we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears
and bring about harmony among the nations,
for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, Amen.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 121 (p. 844 VU)
First Reading: Micah 6:1-4
Second Reading: Romans 8:31-39
Gospel: John 15:12-17
Anthem In Remembrance (Eleanor Daley) Choir
Sermon: “No Greater Love”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 686 VU God of Grace and God of Glory
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. We gather asking God to help us build better relationships with our first nations neighbours in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. The services online are posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com) and through social media (www.facebook.com/stjamesAntigonish )

This Remembrance Sunday bulletin is dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of the Hinds, Ashby, Morton and Jones Veterans by Tim Hinds and Michèle Ashby. We will remember them.

11 November is Remembrance Day. This year is the 100th anniversary of the poppy. Please wear your poppy with pride!

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 9
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546.
Thursday, November 11
11:00 am No Virtual Coffee Time this week
6:30 pm Choir practices.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 16
11:00 am The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James resumes. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.
7:00 pm The UCW General will meet on in the Sanctuary. All women of the congregation are invited to attend.

Sunday, November 21
10:30 am Our next celebration of Holy Communion. If you would like to pick up elements for the online service please call 902-862-2001 or email office@stjamesuc.com

Sunday, November 28
2:30 pm Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends – In Concert, A St. Andrews Celebration. Proceeds to St. James Choir. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

Social Justice is intertwined with poverty issues. Are you interested in/impacted by these issues? Check out: https://cpj.ca/report/poverty-trends-2021/ The report Poverty Trends 2021 – The Change We Need, by Natalie Appleyard discusses the following. “Using the latest data from Statistics Canada and research reports by advocacy groups across the country, Poverty Trends provides us with a snapshot of poverty in Canada from year to year. We maintain that poverty is a violation of people’s inherent rights and dignity and that the Government of Canada has a legal and moral obligation to take action to end poverty and inequity.”

Next Sunday’s Scripture

1 Samuel 1:4-20 • Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 • Mark 13:1-8

October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021 – Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from John 3:16)
The story of Jesus is the story of God’s love for us.
For God so loved the world.
Jesus Christ died and rose again to offer us salvation.
God came to us in Jesus of Nazareth.
Now our lives can be filled with grace and hope.
So that we might not perish but have eternal life.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of heaven and earth,
the Bible tells us that you made us, come among us,
and offer us salvation because you love us.
We hear that good news but we struggle to believe
that it is true for our lives.
We know our flaws, our secret sins, and we doubt
that you really forgive us and invite us to be your people.
Speak to us again, we pray, of your love,
and let your Holy Spirit touch us with your grace
so that we might not merely hear but know
the love you call us to experience
as we follow in the way of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 296 VU This is God’s Wondrous World
Children’s Story and Lord’s prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 119:1-8 , (Part 1 p. 838 VU)
First Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:11-14
Gospel: Mark 12:28-34
Anthem Sine Nomine (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Choir
Sermon: “When Love is the Answer and the Question.”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Though I May Speak
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 333 VU Love Divine All Loves Excelling
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 )

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.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, November 2
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546.

Thursday, November 4
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. If you are interested and don’t have the link please send an email to office@stjamesuc.com
6:00 Choir practices. If you are interested please speak with Chris Morrison.

Sunday, November 7
10:30 am Our Remembrance Sunday service.

The COP Conference starts today in Glasgow and runs to Fri, Nov 12. This is the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26. This may be the last chance we have to turn things around for Mother Earth. Want to take some action? Go to https://unfccc.int/blog and check out the climate action tab to see how simple changes to our diets and the way we buy our clothes can make a difference! And don’t hesitate to let Prime Minister Trudeau; our representative at the conference, MP Jonathan Wilkinson; and your MP Sean Fraser know how important this issue is to you by writing or emailing them. justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca; jonathan.wilkinson@parl.gc.ca; sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca

The Community Hot Meal Program at St. James is restarting on Tuesday November 16th. If you are interested in helping out please contact Pamela Cunningham.

The next celebration of Holy Communion will be November 21st. If you would like to pick up elements to celebrate through the online service please contact the church office by phone 902-862-2001 or email office@stjamesuc.com

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.

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

Next Sunday’s Scripture

1 Kings 17:8-16 • Hebrews 9:24-28 • Mark 12:38-44

October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021 – Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted)
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We come this morning to worship together.
Different people, different lives, different histories.
Yet we are all children of the same God.
Created lovingly by the Source of all life.
We come into God’s presence, not as perfect beings, but people of hope and blessing.
We come confessing that Jesus Christ is our Messiah and Lord.
Come, let us worship the Lord our God.
Thanks be to God!

Prayer of Approach (together):
Lord Jesus, you opened the eyes of the man who was blind, you revealed yourself to him as Saviour. We, blind like, extend our hands to you and pray: Behold the shadows that descend on our minds. Send your Holy Spirit upon us. May he illumine the eyes of our hearts so that we may also recognize you as Saviour. Then we shall see clearly the love of your Father for each of us. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer, for we ask it in the holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn: 223 VU Eternal, Unchanging
Children’s Story and Lord’s prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 34, page 761 of VU

First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 7 – 9
Second Reading: Hebrews 7: 23 – 28
Holy Gospel: St. Mark 10: 46 – 52
Anthem
Sermon: “Heal Our Blindness”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Open My Eyes That I Might See
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 651 VU Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Commissioning and Benediction
Let us go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
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 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.

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 24th
10:30 am This Sunday we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to the pulpit.

Tuesday, October 26
10:00 am A Meeting for Hot Meal Teams in the Hall. Please remember your proof of vaccination.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Hall. For more information, please call Fran Wittgens, 902-863-3546.

Thursday, October 28
11:00 am Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom. If you are interested and don’t have the link please send an email to office@stjamesuc.com
6:00 Choir practices. If you are interested please speak with Chris Morrison.

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.

The latest issue of Connections is available in print in the narthex and online at www.stjamesuc.com. Thanks to Brenda Rose, Ruth Young, and all who submitted articles

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to give some thought to the current situation in the Philippines. According to KAIROS (a social justice organization the United Church supports), reports from “Investigate PH” examine the violation of collective human rights to development, self-determination, and peace in the Philippines, state-enforced abuses of civil and political rights, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Investigate PH” calls on countries such as Canada to suspend all military and police aid to the Philippines until respect for human rights and international humanitarian law is restored, and to provide support for the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Please consider writing to the Prime Minister and your MP asking them to support the stopping of state-sponsored killings and human rights violations in the Philippines. Stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, land and human rights defenders, and low-income people in the Philippines who are being displaced, terrorized, jailed, and killed by their own government. In the absence of effective domestic remedies, the world is called upon to act in support of the victims.

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.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 • Hebrews 9:11-14 • Mark 12:28-34

Pentecost Sunday

We celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit through our prayers, readings, and songs of praise!

Worship Services

January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 MP3 (First eight minutes are prelude)

January 22 2017 bulletin

 

January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 MP3

January 15 2017 bulletin

 

January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017 MP3

January 1 2017 bulletin

 

December 24, 2016

December 24 2016 MP3

December 24 2016 bulletin

 

December 18, 2016

December 18 2016 MP3

December 18 2016 bulletin

 

December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016 MP3

December 11 2016 bulletin

 

December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 MP3

December 4 2016 bulletin