Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude I’ll Fly Away/ Open My Eyes Guitar Group
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive adapted from Isaiah 65:17-25 )
Celebrate and rejoice followers of Jesus,
for the Lord our God is doing a new thing.
Illness, disease, and mourning
shall be as a distant memory!
Hatred, war, and injustice
shall be banished from the earth!
For Christ is alive! The tomb is empty!
And through Jesus the new creation has begun!

Prayer of Approach (responsive)
Eternal and Loving God,
We listen for your word among us as
we live within the promise of the resurrection.
Speak your message of life to us this day,
and create the new heaven and new earth around us and within us.
Fill us with words of hope and grace, words of peace and love,
as you call us to be your people through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: 218 VU We Praise You, O God
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE

Responsive Reading: Psalm 148 (p. 871)
First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35
Anthem: In His Love (Mark) Choir
Sermon “A New Commandment”
GOD CALLS US TO RESPONDHymn: 593 VU Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love
Prayers of the People
Hymn: 226 VU For The Beauty Of The Earth
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 15
11:30 am UCW meets in the Meeting Room following worship.
Tuesday, May 17
11:00 am Community Hot Meal program in the Hall.
7:00 pm Church Council via Zoom.
Thursday, May 19
6:30 pm Choir practice in the Sanctuary.
Saturday. May 21
9:00 am -12 pm Spring Clean Up St. James/St. Paul’s Cemetery, Cloverville Road. We welcome all who wish to help, bring a rake along if you are able. Rain Date: Saturday, May 28th
Sunday, May 22
11:30 am Coffee Hour resumes. Please join us in the hall for coffee and conversation.

Green Burials – St. James UCW is hosting a Q&A Session on Green Burials, Monday, May 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the Hall. Patrick Curry from Curry’s Funeral Home will answer questions about Green Burials. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St James UCW and Men’s Club Bursary- Interested applicants should submit a letter to St James United Church directly. The letter should indicate the applicant’s connection to St James and their plans for the upcoming academic year (community college, university, etc.). Preference will be given to confirmed members of St James United Church. It should also be noted that this is not a scholarship nor an award of merit, however applicants may choose to include any information that they think might be relevant to the selection committee. The selection
committee is four members – the minister, representatives from the Men’s and Women’s groups, and a representative of children’s worship program. Application deadline is Sunday, June 5th. The successful applicant will be notified at graduation, and the congregation will be notified in the bulletin following graduation, in late June. Submit letters of application to office@stjamesuc.com or drop off in the office mail slot.

FINANCIAL NEWS (To April 30, 2022)
Offering Last Month $17,015 Year-To- Date Offering $51,107
Required for Budget $19,444 Year-To-Date Budget $74,110

The Offering Last Month reflects the money received from the congregation through donations put on the offering plate and through PAR. This represents a -31.5% down from budgeted offerings. The Required for Budget amount is the total collection needed to break even, if all budgeted activities took place.
The Year-To-Date offering is the actual amount that our congregation has donated so far in 2022, to the end of April. The Year-To-Date Budget amount is the required amount needed for all budgeted activities to take place this year as of the end of April, 2022.

Please note that today is the International Day of Families. There are many activities you could do to celebrate. Some include: making a family tree, singing “We are Family” together, playing a family version of “Guess Who?”, or writing a story or song about family and what it means to you. 21 May is the World Day for Cultural Diversity. Some fun activities could be: learning about another religion, watching an international film, listening to a different musical tradition, playing a sport related to a different culture (karate, cricket), or cooking a traditional food from a different culture.

Next Sunday’s Scripture

Acts 16:9-15 • Psalm 67 • Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 • John 14:23-29

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