St James and St John United Church

March 7 2021




INTRO Rev. Alice & Gwen Baisley



CALL TO WORSHIP Charlene Savard (Video)

HYMN “I Lift up My Eyes”, recorded in 1999
United Harmony


Psalm 95:1–7 NLT Grace LeFloch (Video)


The psalmist said, “O come, let us sing to God,
Let us shout with joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving.
Let us joyously shout to God with songs of praise!”
So, let’s do all those things, as we join together in prayer.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God,
thirsting for you, my God.
Our hearts beat with thanksgiving, God.
They mark every moment that we live in you!
For the earth and all its goodness; for the seas and the waves so high;
for the air, which surrounds this planet;
and for all the creatures with whom we live—we say,
thank you, loving God!
For the relationships we share with all creation, with each other;
for the love that brings new life—
thank you, loving God!
For your presence in and with all things, every heartbeat, every day,
for the fact that you are always with us—
Thank you, loving God!
Even as we celebrate, in praise and thanksgiving,
we remember that we have also sinned
in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
There are times we have failed to love you
as completely as we could have;
times we have failed to love our neighbour
as we love ourselves. Forgive us, God.
We ask you to forgive us, God.
But, even more than that, we ask that you help us to
make the choices and live the decision
to love more completely, tomorrow and the days to come.
As a forgiven and forgiving people, we remember others who are in need.
For the world and all that lives in it…
For people and places damaged by war and conflict…
For all who are afraid, all who are lonely,
all who are hurting, in body, mind, or spirit…
For our neighbours—those we know and those we will never meet…
For our families. For ourselves…
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God,
thirsting for you, my God.
We pray all of these things,
sharing the words that Jesus gave to all of his disciples,
including us. Our Father, who art in Heaven…

MINUTE FOR MISSION Connie MacRae (Video)

HYMN “He Knows”

OFERING INVITATION Melanie Shaddick (Video)

The bills and the coins and the numbers in the bank
are symbols of the work of our hands, loving God.
We offer them to you, that they would be signs and symbols
of our worship as they go out into the world.
May they be used in ways that bring healing and wholeness
to all creation. Amen








Positive Thought for the Week
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.”

Our Church News

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY – The Lenten Bible Study will begin this Tuesday, February 23rd, in the church from 7-8 PM. Join us we share in this time of learning and growing together.

EASTER LOONIE FUNDRAISER – Last April, a cellophane bag was sent home in the Easter newsletter with a note for an Easter Fundraiser. The idea was to put a loonie in the bag every week until this Easter. It’s been a long year and certainly understandable that the Easter bag may have been forgotten. If you have remembered and would like to contribute to the Fundraiser, this is a reminder that you may drop off your bag at the church office, offering plate or mail box at the Church Centre, during the Lenten/Easter season.
Our Community News

ANNUAL TARTAN DAY DINNER – A Tartan Day Take Out Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 11th from 2–5 PM, at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre. Tickets are $20 each and will be pre-sold by phoning Susan at 622-1780 on or before April 5th.

ST. PATRICK’S SUPPER – St. Andrew’s United Church, is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Take Supper on Wednesday, March 17th; pickup from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Storm Date – Thursday, March 18th). Tickets are $15.00; reserve tickets by phoning Karen at 773-9932.