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

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