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

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Tuesday: 9- 1 PM
Thursday: 9-5 PM
Friday: 9-2 PM

January 19, 2020

WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Pamala Watters & Advent Choir
Greeters: Keith & Kimberley Shaddick
Counters for November: Stan Knowles & Ian Sobey
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)
Today’s Service
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

A warm welcome to all worshippers especially you who are here for the first time. We gather to worship in God’s presence sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit and encouraged through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
(*Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
A warm welcome to all worshippers especially you who are here for the first time. We gather to worship in God’s presence sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit and encouraged through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
(*Indicates when to stand, if you are able)
GREETING

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come to this place to be opened to the wonder
and mystery that surround you.
We come to catch a glimpse of God’s mystery
as we search for new meaning.
Come to unburden yourselves in God’s presence.
We come to be filled anew with God’s grace.
Come to hear God’s voice.
We have heard the call of God and we have come this morning
that we might answer. Let us worship God.

*INTROIT “Come Now is the Time to Worship”

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER

Eternal God,
at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
you proclaimed him your beloved Son,
and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.
Grant that all who are baptized into his name
may keep the covenant they have made,
and boldly confess him as Lord and Saviour;
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

*HYMN #81 “As With Gladness Men of Old”

SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 42:1-9
Matthew 3:13-17

SERMON ‘The Baptism of Jesus’

PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”

DEDICATION

Lord, help us to remember that we are your children, washed clean with water and blood. Help us to respond to your gift with our lives and our means. Remind us that everything, especially our children, comes from you and let us be just as generous in our faithful, sacrificial, and financial response. Amen.

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #766 “As the Deer Pants”

Upcoming Events and Services
Sunday 9:00 AM Worship Service at Maple Glen United Church
10:00 AM Fellowship with coffee at the St J&J Church
11:00 AM Worship Service at St J & J Church

Weekly Announcements

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The annual congregation Meeting will be on Sunday, February 2, 2020 immediately following the worship service. Soup and rolls will be provided by the Pastoral Care Team; the congregation is invited to bring sweets/dessert.

MARKET 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT – We have a market 2-bedroom apartment available for rent immediately. Please spread the word and for more information, contact the church office.

TRUSTEES MEETING – The Trustees meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 PM at the center.

PRINCE PLACE BOARD MEETING – Prince Place Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 PM at the church center.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING TEAM MEETING – A meeting has been scheduled for the Long-Range Planning team on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 PM, at the church center.

RESTORATION FUND – Donations may be made to the church office or placed in an envelope, specifying “Restoration Fund” for the offering plate on Sunday mornings.

Community Announcements

WHITE GOLD DINNER CONCERT – The Annual White Gold Dinner Concert will be held on Saturday, February 9th, at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre. Supper begins at 5 PM followed by a concert. Tickets are $35, reservation only by phoning Susan Butler at 622-1780

SPAGHETTI DINNER – Spaghetti and Gingerbread Dinner (garlic bread, tea and coffee) Friday, Jan. 24th 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Chatham. Tickets: Adults $10.00 and Children $5.00; available at the door and take-outs available/BYO container.

A Winter Prayer

Dear, Lord in the midst of Winter,
when the days are cold,
and wind can pierce,
remind us of the warmth of your love.
In the midst of Winter,
when days are short,
dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early,
remind us that in the darkness,
your light still shines.
remind us that Easter
is but a short time away.