September 25, 2022

September 25, 2022 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Introit (409 VU Morning has Broken v1)
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird,
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing, fresh from the Word!

Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Psalm 91)
God gives to each one of us a sense of blessing and confidence—
For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety.
God surrounds us with goodness and compassion—
For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety.
God draws us close and welcomes us into the promise of salvation—
For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Loving God, we hunger for acceptance, for meaning, and for love. Yet it is so easy to fill ourselves with other things, to pursue wealth and to follow vain desires. In our world, where the poor still beg at the gates of the rich, remind us of the eternal values of your kingdom. Teach us the true meaning of life with your gift of grace and the riches which can not fade. Show us your way as we follow in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 232 VU Joyful, Joyful
Children’s Story and the Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 146 (p. 868 VU)
First Reading: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Anthem On Eagle’s Wings (Joncas/Wagner) Choir
Sermon “A Rich Man, A Poor Man, and Three Warnings”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 684 VU Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
Minute for Mission
Offertory (227 VU For the Fruits of All Creation- v3)
For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.

Prayers of the People
Hymn: 691 VU Though Ancient Walls
Commissioning and Benediction
Choral Benediction (409 VU Morning has Broken v3)
Ours is the Sunlight, ours is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day!

Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for us to draw closer to each other and 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.

Last Saturday, under threatening skies and blustery conditions, your intrepid Adopt-A-Highway crew collected 23 bags of trash from “our” area, Interchange 32 on Highways 7 and 104. Big thanks to the participants: Christine Briand, Barb deMarsh, Hope Graham, Tim Hinds, Liz Millett, Shaun Scott and Barb Shea.

Are you interested in decorating a window at St. James for Thanksgiving? Look for the sign up sheet on the table in the Narthex!Info Tables After Church

Come check us out! We’re back and welcoming your interest! Over the following dates, you can visit us after church. Don’t be shy, just ask us what we’re up to. And there’s room for more. See us in the Church Hall these days.

Sunday, Sept 25th Meditation, Prayer Ministry, and Bell Choir
Sunday, October 2nd Hot Meal and Social Justice
Sunday, October 16th Sunday School
Sunday, October 23rd UCW and Prayer Shawl Ministry

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? If you are attending in person worship there are boxes at each door for you to make your offering. Some people also use PAR (pre authorized remittence) to support the life and work of the church. Once a month your offering is moved from your bank account to St. James. No need to look for your checkbook or find your offering envelopes! If you are interested in getting envelopes or learning more about PAR please speak with Pamela Cunningham or Rev. Peter.

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

Stewardship Thought for September 25, 2022
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, September 25
11:30am Christian Faith and Development meets upstairs
11:30am Information tables in the Hall for Meditation, Prayer Ministry, and Bell Choir. Come and learn more about these church activities!

Monday, September 26
2:00 pm Prayer Shawl Meeting in the Parlour.

Tuesday, September 27
11:00am The Community Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00pm Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, September 29
6:30pm Choir Practice in the Sanctuary

On 30 September, there is an opportunity for all of us to remember and honour the Indian Residential School Survivors in the spirit of reconciliation – wear an Orange Shirt! This is our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day. It honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. And please note that 1 October is Treaty Day here in NS. Celebrations are held to honour the important contributions of the Mi’kmaq. Treaty education creates opportunities for Nova Scotians to learn about the Mi’kmaq, their inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights, and our shared history. It promotes an understanding of the Peace and Friendship Treaties as historical and living documents. Also, 1 October is the International Day for Older Persons. The United Nations is marking IDOP by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential.

            UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES

Sunday, October 2
10:30am We will celebrate the sacrament of holy communion together in worship.

Sunday, October 9 Thanksgiving Sunday
10:30am Thanksgiving Worship at St. James
2:00pm Thanksgiving Worship at St. David’s

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? If you are worshiping in person there are the offering boxes at the doors. Envelopes can be dropped off at the office (or in the mail slot after hours) or mailed to “St James United Church, P. O. Box 1178 Antigonish, NS B2G 2L6. Online donations via credit card can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button on the website and interac e-transfers can be sent to eft@stjamesuc.com

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

A group of professors and others are working with Linda Darwish to bring a young Afghan woman to Canada under the expedited stream for Afghan refugees. The woman is a cousin of Linda’s former student. Her situation is dire. We are required to raise half of the $17,000 sponsorship amount in order to submit the application to the government, which will be done under the SAFE sponsorship holder agreement. If you would like to donate, you may do so by e-transferring funds directly to the following bank account that has been set up specifically for this purpose: 2022CAWE@gmail.com. If needed, the name of the account is: Canadian-Afghani Women Embrace. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue tax receipts because the money is for the support of a specific person. Please talk to Linda if you have any questions- you can call or email her at 514-655-5806 / ldarwish@stfx.ca.

Sunday, October 2nd, from 10am to 1pm Fall Festival Market & Craft Show Sunday at the Mini Trail Community Centre in Lakevale, 4382 Highway 337 Antigonish Co. With Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, come take a drive along scenic route 337 and check out our market with multiple local vendors where there is something for everyone. Fresh produce, local honey, beautiful homemade crafts, jewelry, desserts and preserves! Canteen Services will be on site. Look forward to seeing you there.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Lamentations 3:19-26 • 2 Timothy 1:1-14 • Luke 17:5-10