Sunday, April 25, 2021 (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

April 25, 2021 -Fourth Sunday of Easter

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER

Prelude Blue Green Hills of Earth (Kim Oler) Brenda Rose
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Psalm 24)
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for God created the land, and made the rivers and oceans.
Who shall come before God? Who shall stand in God’s holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not stain their souls with lies, and who speak truthfully.

Prayer of Approach (together):
God who has created and is creating,
we know that all of creation is the work of your hands
because we can see your love and your grace
in the beauty and majesty that surrounds us.
We also know that through Jesus you are making us new,
forgiving our sins and showing us the better way to live.
As we gather for worship this day
receive our praise and open our heart to your presence
for we have come as your people in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Children’s story and Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music All The Way My Saviour Leads Me

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 23 (p. 749 VU)
God is my shepherd,
there is nothing I shall lack.
You, God, make me lie down in green pastures,
You lead me beside peaceful waters;
You revive my spirit,
You guide me in right pathways for your name’s sake. R

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
you are with me.
Your rod and your staff are my comfort.
You spread a table before me in the sight of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil, my cup is overflowing.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in God’s house my whole life long. R.

First Reading: Acts 4:5-12
Epistle: 1 John 3:16-24
Gospel: John 10:11-18
Anthem Turn, Turn, Turn (Pete Seger) Brenda Rose and Gord Morrison
Sermon: “An Old Unfamiliar Psalm”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Meditative Music The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Pastoral Prayer 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 )

Our prayers are with the fishing fleet who will soon be heading out for this season. May it be a safe season for all who head out onto the waters to provide for their families and our communities

There will be an Adopt-A-Hwy Clean Up on Sat, 1 May at 0900. We will meet diagonally across from the main StFX signs, where Bennett’s Fruit Market used to be. Participants must be 18 years of age. We will be keeping COVID-19 protocols, so please wear a mask. Non-sterile medical exam gloves and hand sanitizer will be available. We will follow social distancing rules. Remember it may be wet in the ditches and it’s tick season – dress appropriately! The Department of Transportation will supply safety vests and garbage bags. In case of inclement weather, Sat, 8 May will be the “rain date”. If you have any questions about this, please contact Michèle Ashby at 232-3473.

Today is World Malaria Day. On this day we mark successes in the fight against malaria, highlight the responsibility we all have to end malaria within a generation and urge leaders to step up the fight and get us closer to a malaria-free world. Over the past two decades great progress has been made, saving more than 7 million lives and preventing over 1 billion malaria cases. This year’s campaign will unify and build on the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” movement and the “Draw the Line Against Malaria: youth focused campaign that explores and connects malaria elimination and malaria in high-burden settings. Please also note that 28 April is Canada’s National Day of Mourning for Workers. Marked annually day of mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. It is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. Currently we can especially remember and honour those workers who have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Traditionally on April 28th the Canadian flag flies at half-mast on Parliament Hill and all federal government buildings. Employers and workers have observed this Day in a variety of ways over the years. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands or pause for a moment of silence.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #80 Commemoration – We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to http://www.trc.ca/

    Scripture Readings for Next Sunday

Acts 4:5-12 • Psalm 23 • 1 John 3:16-24 • John 10:11-18

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