Sunday, July 10, 2022

July 10, 2022 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
It is not we who chose Christ,
but Christ who chose us,
We are not saved because of our goodness
but because of Christ’s grace,
We have come to give thanks for the goodness of God
and to worship God with heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of heaven and earth,
you call us to love you and to love our neighbors.
Yet too many days we live not for you but for ourselves.
God of grace and love,
you reach for us through Jesus and show us your love.
Soften our hearts, we pray, so that we can love as you love.
God of justice and hope,
open our eyes to those who are most in need,
so that we can reach for them in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hymn: 244 VU Sing Your Praise To God Eternal
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading: Psalm 82 (p.799)
First Reading: Amos 7:7-17
Second Reading: Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Anthem
Sermon “The Answer to the Harder Question”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: 703 VU In The Bulb There Is A Flower
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 420 VU Go To The World
Commissioning and Benediction
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.

The Church office is closed for the summer. The church voice mail
(902-863-2001) and email (office@stjamesuc.com) as well as the secure
mail slot in the office door are being checked on a regular basis. The
office will reopen Tuesday, September 6th

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to celebrate World
Population Day tomorrow. It’s observed to raise awareness among
people about the impact of a growing population and issues including
gender equality, the importance of family planning, poverty, maternal
health, human rights, etc. We can’t ignore the fact that the COVID-19
pandemic disturbed and staggered people, communities, and economies
everywhere. But everyone is not affected equally. Women, who account
for the largest share of front-line workers, are disproportionately exposed
to the coronavirus. Around the world supply chains are also disturbed,
which is impacting the availability of contraceptives, heightening the risk
of unintended pregnancy. During the pandemic, countries were on
lockdown; health systems were struggling to cope, several services were
affected included sexual and reproductive health services and
gender-based violence increased. This year the day focuses on
how to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls and putting
the brakes on COVID-19.

Traveling this summer? Going to be away from Antigonish on a
Sunday? Feel welcome to take part in our online worship. The services
from Sunday morning are posted around 3:00pm and linked through our
website (www.stjamesuc.com) and facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/StJamesAntigonish).

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

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 July 10, 2022
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But
whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
Martin Luther (1483-1546), reformer and theologian

Next Sunday’s Scripture
Amos 8:1-12 • Colossians 1:15-28 • Luke 10:38-42