Sunday, May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 – Third Sunday of Easter
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
If you are tired and frustrated with life,
Come and cast your nets into Christ’s abundance.
If you are searching for meaning and hope,
Come and know that the Risen Christ is among us.
If you are carrying the pains of the past,
Come and live in the grace which Christ freely offers.

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
Merciful Lord, save us from ourselves,
for we often do the same thing over and over
expecting different results.
Gracious Lord, save us from our lack of vision,
for we exhaust ourselves trying to satisfy our hunger
not seeing the feast you offer to us.
Loving Lord, save us from not doing as you ask,
for we claim that we love you
yet so often we neglect your sheep.
Eternal Lord, save us by your grace,
for we hear you calling us to follow you, Amen.

Hymn: 563 VU Jesus You Have Come To The Lakeshore
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 30 (p. 757)
First Reading: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Anthem: Lord, I Stretch My Hands To You (Jay Althouse) Choir
Sermon “Do You Love Me?”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 372 VU Though I May Speak
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 501 VU Break Now The Bread Of Life
Sacrament of Holy Communion (responsive)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right and good to give God thanks and praise.

We thank and praise you, Eternal God, for you send Jesus Christ into the world to reclaim us. Your answer to our world lost in sin was a Saviour with the power to set us free and return us to your kingdom.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
We thank and praise you, Loving God, for Jesus Christ who has shown us your face and has spoken your words to a weary world.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Bless’d is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus shows us your way and allows us to hope of life eternal with you.
Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me, has seen my Father.”
We thank and praise you, Merciful God, for Jesus Christ who emptied himself and became a servant to all. He took upon himself our sins and suffered for our sakes. He was wounded for our transgressions and was killed to break the power of sin and death.
Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.”

Take this bread and bless it, that it might be for us the body of Christ.
Jesus said, “This is my blood which is shed for you.”
Take this cup and bless it, that it might be for us the blood of Christ.
Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Renew us as we share this bread and cup. Renew our weary spirits, fill our hearts with your love, and open our eyes to see the meaning and purpose of Christ’s death upon the cross and his rising from the grave.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again

Hear our prayer, God most Holy, in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of Heaven, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen. Amen. Amen

Hymn: 697 VU O For A World
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. 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. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God.

LIFE OF ST. JAMES THIS WEEK
Sunday, May 1
10:30 am We celebrate the Lord’s Supper during worship.
Tuesday, May 3
11:00 am Community Hot Meal program in the Hall.
3:00 pm Meditation Group meets in the Meeting Room.
Thursday, May 5
6:30 pm Choir practice in the Sanctuary.

Save the date!!! Stump Frolic, Saturday, May 28th. More information to follow.

Did you know? You can now use interact e-transfer as a way of making your donation. E-transfers can be sent to eft@stjamesuc.com The funds are auto deposited so there is no need to make a security question or password. Please make sure you include name and address in the comment area.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Acts 9:36-43 • Psalm 23 • Revelation 7:9-17 • John 10:22-30

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