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

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