Sunday St James & St John United Church
January 17 2021
SEASON OF EPIPHANY
INTRO TO WORSHIP
WELCOME AND GREETING
LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE
CALL TO WORSHIP
The voice of the Lord is over the waters,
And in the temple God’s people say: Glory!
The heavens opened, the Spirit descended,
And a voice sounded: This is my Beloved Son.
Do not fear, for the Lord has spoken:
I have called you by name, You are mine.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O God, You know us better than we know ourselves. As the scriptures are read, we will listen for Your voice. By Your Spirit lead us out of our fears and into the knowledge of Your love, through Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of our souls. Amen.
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
MESSAGE ‘Fear Not’
PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE by Rev Dana Werts
O God, how long will this madness last?
We are surrounded on all sides by our enemies- fear, despair, anger, and grief.
Our plans are crushed or postponed until further notice.
Our calendars are emptied of our “must do’s.”
Our companions have become images and voices on screens.
This invisible terror lurks on the hugs of love, the breath of friends, and in the constant panic alerts from our devices.
But then we remember that You are our shield
and our strong tower.
You are the lifter of our heads
and the light that makes our way clear.
We take small steps, holding Your outstretched,
We cannot hold the hands of others, yet.
We can hold each other in prayerful love, walking together with courage the way before us,
as our enemies fall one by one, until life breathes easy again.
Then, like eagles, we will soar, not zoom.
Then, we will join the joyful parade of those who go to Your Holy House and lift the roof with Hallelujahs and feast without cares at Your table! Amen and Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC “I Will Tell the World” Recorded by United Harmony
We long for the time when the meek shall inherit the earth
and all who hunger and thirst after justice shall be satisfied,
and we believe that, despite the persistence of evil, now is always the time when we can do better and we can make a difference.
May it be so, through the offering of these gifts
and the offering of our lives. Amen.
It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of
On behalf of the congregation, our deepest sympathy is extended to her children, Bill & Linda Treadwell and extended members of her family.
What’s Up at St. James & St. John?
PRINCE PLACE BOARD MEETING – There will be a Prince Place Board Meeting tomorrow evening, Monday, January 18th, at 6:00 PM, at the Church Centre.
CHURCH COUNCIL – The church council meeting will be this Thursday, January 21st at the Church Centre. Team meetings are scheduled for 7:00 PM, followed by the Council Meeting at 7:30 PM.
CHURCH COUNCIL TEAM REPORTS – Please note the Church Council team reports were due on Friday, January 8th; if you have not yet submitted your report, please do so by tomorrow, January 18th. Thank you.
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING – As New Brunswick has been placed in the Orange Level, congregational singing is not permitted. We will do our best to provide music for our worship services in the church and online.
GREETERS – We are seeking greeters for our Sunday Worship services; please call the church office if you are able to assist
622-1598. Thank you.
PASTORAL VISITATION – Dear members of the congregation please note: the guidelines set out by Horizon Health and the Shannex Nursing Homes, state that due to the province returning to the Orange Level, Ministers may only visit Palliative patients. Ministers must be invited by the patient or family members to visit during this time.