St. James & St. John United Church
556 King George Highway ~ Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3
PH. 622-1598 ~ Fax: 836-7711
stjjuc@nbnet.nb.ca
NEW WEBSITE: www.newcastlepastoralcharge.ca
St. James & St. John United Church

August 4, 2019

Today’s Service
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP
God, you call each of us to serve you, and we answer,
“Here I am!”
Jesus, you call each of us to follow you, and we answer,
“Here I am!”
Holy Spirit, you call each of us to worship you this day,
and we answer,
“Here I am!”

* INTROIT #509 “Here I am, Lord”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER
Loving God,
you know us better than we know ourselves.
Our prayers are in your heart even before they are on our lips.
And yet we must utter our prayers.
We must proclaim our praise of you
and all your wondrous creation.
Your love surrounds us
and you have promised to be with us always.
You know our hearts’ desire to serve you.
We pray that you will keep us true to that desire.
And so we utter our prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

* OPENING HYMN #356 “Seek Ye First”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Awesome God,
you have made all of creation and each cell of our bodies.
You know our thoughts and you know our sins.
We desperately try to hide our mistakes,
our weaknesses, our embarrassments.
But you know it all, and so we come before you now
asking for your forgiveness.
Even as you know the limits of our human capabilities,
we know the unlimited power of your love.
Forgive us, cleanse us, make us whole.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The God who has made us will never desert us.
The god of creation is creating still, making us new.
The God whose love gave us the gift of Jesus Christ
is the same God whose love forgives and sustains us.
Amen.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept Your Word. Silence in us any voices but Your own, so that we may hear Your Words, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Ecclesiastics 12:1-7

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks Be to God.

MESSAGE “Are We Growing Old Gracefully?”

PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERATORY HYMN #540 “Grant Us, God, the Grace”

OFFERATORY PRAYER
We delight in Your joy and salvation, Lord, for there is no greater gifts than these. We bring ourselves and place our offering before You. May it and we be used to bring Your love and joy to people everywhere. In His name, we pray. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN #586 “We shall go out with hope”

BENEDICTION
Go into the world, listening for God’s call in your lives.
Go into the world, ready to follow Jesus Christ.
Go into the world, sustained by the love and power
of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Upcoming Events and Services
Sunday 10 AM Fellowship with coffee at the St J&J Church
11 AM Worship Service at St J & J Church

Community Announcements
JOYCE JAMES 100TH BIRTHDAY The congregation extends best wishes and blessings to Joyce James as she celebrates her 100th birthday on August 6th.

WELCOME REV. BEVERLEY BRAZIER We are pleased to announce that Rev. Beverley Brazier will be visiting in Miramichi and has offered to lead the worship service on August 11th, while Rev. Alice is on vacation. Rev. Bev is very much looking forward to seeing everyone and will be available during coffee time before the church service for those who would like to say ‘hello’ and have a little chat.
SALVATION ARMY is in urgent need of new, unused toiletries: shampoo/conditioner, deodorant (men’s and women’s), bar soap, body wash, toothpaste/toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, brushes, toilet tissue. Donations can be delivered to the Salvation Army office at 231 Pleasant St. Monday to Thursday 8:30 AM to 4 PM. If you are unable to drop it off at the Salvation Army office, leave it at the back of the church by the Food Bank baskets but not in the baskets please.