July 4, 2021

July 4, 2021 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude Fairest Lord Jesus/God’s Wondrous World Amy Hendricks
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Psalm 131)
Let us be humble and not proud, thinking not of ourselves but others.
Let each of us still and quiet our souls
And let us hope in God.
For God is our strength and our salvation.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God of grace, you made us and call us to be your people. You give us forgiveness and new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus. You transform us and make us yours through the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Open our hearts, we pray, that we might come before you as your people with our thanks and praise, Amen.

Children’s story and Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music 409 VU Morning Has Broken

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

First Lesson: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Gospel Lesson: Mark 6:1-13
Sermon: “A Brighter Future”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music 606 VU In Christ There is No East or West
Prayers of the People
Meditative Music 477 VU I Come With Joy
Sacrament 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 thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and good to give God thanks and praise.

God of the Resurrection, we thank you for joy. In our world of shadows and gloom, you have shined the light of your love. The colours of the world, the creatures of the earth, and the majesty of the universe witness to the joy which is your work.
We praise you for Jesus, the joy of our hearts.

God of every new morning, we thank you for hope. In our world of uncertainty, you have brought us the promise of new beginnings. The words of scripture, the cycles of nature, the renewal of creation around us all testify to the hope which you have planted in very living thing.
We praise you for Jesus, our judge and our hope.

God of the law, we thank you for morality. In our world of conflicting values and opinions, you have laid out for us the right way to live. The law and the commandments, the example of faithful people, and the wisdom of those around us have shown us the better way.
We praise you for Jesus, who completes the law and the prophets.

God of the covenant, we thank you for faith. In our world of chaos and confusion, you have given us a foundation upon which to build. Through prayer, meditation, and service you draw us closer to you and each other.
We praise you for Jesus, through whom you make an everlasting promise of love.

God of all things seen and unseen, we thank you for spiritual gifts. In our world of isolation and fear, you have shown us the ties which bind us to you and to each other. Through the caring smile, the kind word, the anonymous gift you have blessed us and allowed us to be a blessing.
We thank you for Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life.

We remember that on the night before he died on the cross, Jesus broke the bread saying, “This is my body which is broken for you. Each time you eat this bread, remember me.”
We remember the body of Jesus, broken on the cross.

We remember also that Jesus shared the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant which God makes with you in my blood. Each time you drink from this cup, remember me.”
We remember Jesus breaking the bonds of death forever.

Send, we pray, your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of field and vine that through them we might taste the bread of life and the cup of salvation. For we ask this of you, Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen

Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Here I Am Lord Amy Hendricks

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 on facebook.

The Church office is closed until September 7th. The voice mail, email and mail slot are checked regularly over the summer.

Next Sunday feel free to wear your tartan and highland best for our service of worship.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #90 Sports and Reconciliation – We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to: i) stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples, ii) an elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes, iii) programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples, and iv) anti-racism awareness and training programs. To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

         Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 • Ephesians 1:3-14 • Mark 6:14-29

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