St. James & St. John United Church
556 King George Highway ~ Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3
PH. 622-1598 ~ Fax: 836-7711
St. James & St. John United Church

July 28, 2019

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

In the midst of life’s chaos, at the heart of our discontent, within the fragments of human brokenness,
Lives the healing presence of God.
Beyond our fears and misgivings, before the excuses and doubting, abiding within the honest and vulnerable,
Lives the healing power of God.
Come, let us not pretend we do not know these places. Let us not avoid what is real. For in the facing and accepting,
Lives the healing embrace of God.

Generous Creator of love and life, in your welcome embrace, lies both our hope and healing. May this time of prayer and listening be for us a renewal of spirit, and of the courage to follow the life path you call us to lead. Amen.

* INTROIT #291 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Eternal God, in the reading of scripture, may your Word be heard; in the meditation of our hearts, may your Word be known; in the faithfulness of our lives, may your Word be shown. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Old Testament Lesson: 1 Kings 19:1-4, 5-7, 8-15
Psalm 43 Bible page 606
Epistle: Galatians 3:23-29
Gospel Lesson: Luke 8:26-39

* HYMN #661 “Come to my Heart”

MESSAGE ‘Tearing down Strongholds’


* OFFERING HYMN #540 “Grant us, God, the Grace”

All that we bring to you today, O God, is an act of faith. We bring our gifts and our lives, praying that you will expand them in every way, transforming them into daring vehicles for change. Amen.

As we leave the sanctuary of this sacred place, may God place within us the tools to transform our world, and give us the courage to break free of our shortcomings and fulfill our high calling in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

* CLOSING HYMN #299 “Teach me God to Wonder”

Today’s bulletins are dedicated to the Glory of God and placed in loving memory of Vernon Potter by Joyce.

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

The Village of Hope is a drug and alcohol regeneration facility with a Christian based program to help men of all ages (18 and up) overcome life controlling drug and alcohol problems. The program is funded by donations and accepts students from throughout Canada. Students learn the physical and psychological effects of chemical addiction and learn to take responsibility for their own recovery. They learn to give of themselves to serve others which helps give them hope for their future and a true sense of purpose. Some of the elements of the Program include: establishing good work ethics, learning employment skills, experiencing inner healing and rebuilding broken family relationships.
The Outreach Team believes this would be a worthwhile cause and beneficial to our community and are planning to sponsor a student for a 10 month period. Members of the Village of Hope will be sharing their message with us in our service on October 20, 2019.

Community Announcements
100TH BIRTHDAY Joyce James is turning 100 years old! In honor of Joyce and this momentous milestone, we are hosting an open house celebration on Saturday, August 3rd from 2-4 P.M at the Church Center. We invite you to drop in, express your birthday wishes and greetings to Joyce and have a piece of cake.
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.

AUGUST BREAKFAST Saint James Church in Sevogle will be hosting their monthly breakfast on August 4th, from 9:00 until 1:00 pm. Price $8.00 per person. Menu: Scrambled or Fried eggs, homemade bread for toast, sausage, bacon, homemade beans, tea, coffee, juice and sweets to have with your second cup of tea or coffee and lots of space to sit and socialize with family or friends. Hope to see you there !!! For more information, please contact Helen @ 622-1243 Irene Baisley-Hallihan @ 622-7450. Father Dan Melanson will be celebrating Mass at 9:00 am if you would like to attend before having breakfast. Thanking you in advance for your support.
SYMPHONY AT SUNSET Sundays 7-9pm Bicentennial Park
Join us each week for music in the park. Don’t forget a lawn chair and to join our nightly 50/50 draw.
July 28 – Sarah Manderville (7-9pm)
July 29 – Lauren McCabe (7-9pm)
August 4 – Karaoke (2-4pm) + RipTide (7-9pm)