May 2, 2021 -Fifth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude Kum By Yah Michéle Ashby, Christine and Gordon Morrison
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from 1 John 4:7-9 )
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent Jesus into the world so that we might live through him.

Prayer of Approach (together):
Eternal God, we gather this day with fears, worries,
and uncertainty all around us.
We are unsure of what is going to happen tomorrow
and are having trouble seeing the end of this chaos.
Shelter us in your love, surround us with your grace,
and speak to us once again of your promise
to be faithful to us this day and every day
as we walk together with Jesus Christ, Amen.

Children’s story and Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music The Church is Wherever

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 36 (p. 762 VU)
Your steadfast love, O God, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains, O God,
your judgements are like the great deep, all living things you save. R.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights. R

For with you is the fountain of life in your light do we see light.
Continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright in heart. R

Epistle: 1 John 4:11-21
Gospel: John 15:1-8
Anthem I Love To Tell The Story
Michéle Ashby, Christine and Gordon Morrison
Sermon: “Abiding with Jesus”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music Abide with Me
Prayer of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Benedictus (Mozart)

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 Church Office is closed for the next two weeks. Messages can be left at 902-863-2001 or office@stjamesuc.com and the mail slot is being checked on a regular basis.

The first Sunday in May is now Mental Health Sunday as part of the United Church’s effort to create communities of radical belonging for all people, including those living with mental health challenges. By recognizing that mental health affects us all, (1 in 5 Canadians annually), congregations can decrease stigma and shame and instead offer grace and support. Your Social Justice Committee also invites you to note that 3 May is World Press Freedom Day. The theme “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism, and to advance transparency and empowerment while leaving no one behind.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #81 Commemoration – We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the Settlement Agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential Schools National Monument in the city of Ottawa to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

The Lockdown Litter Challenge! The management at our local A&W has come up with a creative way to beautify Antigonish and reward you for it! From now until 12 May, (hopefully the last day of our full lockdown!), each person who collects at least one full garbage bag of litter from around Antigonish (streets, parking lots, etc), will be eligible to receive a coupon for an A&W “Teen Meal”, (hamburger, fries and drink). Veggie option also available.

How will it work? For members of the St James congregation – honour system. Just contact Michèle Ashby, (232-3473 or timich@ns.sympatico.ca) with the details of how much you cleaned up and where, and she’ll see that you get your coupon. Limit of one coupon per person, but if a family collects together and has at least one bag of trash per person, each family member will be eligible. Photos would be appreciated and may be published in the next edition of our Connections newsletter.

We encourage strict compliance with all current COVID-19 regulations. Pick only with your own household or “bubble”. Please mask and maintain a 6” distance if there will be other folks around, and make sure you wash well and hand sanitize following your collection. Please don’t pick up anything that might be dangerous to your health; wear appropriate clothing/footwear, (remember it’s tick season); and a bright safety vest if you’re in an area with traffic. Stay safe!

What a wonderful way to spend some enforced “time out” in Mother Nature and help our environment!

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 10:44-48 • Psalm 98 • 1 John 5:1-6 • John 15:9-17

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