St. James & St. John United Church
556 King George Highway ~ Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3
PH. 622-1598 ~ Fax: 836-7711
NEW WEBSITE: www.newcastlepastoralcharge.ca
St. James & St. John United Church
November 24, 2019
REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Nancy Russell
Greeters: Scott Russell and Aundrea Holmes
Counters for November: Melanie & Darryl Shaddick
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling
BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.” (Ezekiel 34:11-24)
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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.
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CALL TO WORSHIP
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are they whose help is the God of Jacob,
Blessed are they whose hope is in the Lord their God,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, who remains faithful forever. (Psalm 146:1-6)
HYMN “Surely the Presence”
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We praise you God for the gift of your Son. We acknowledge that we often ignore his authority in our life. We confess that we allow many things to rule our hearts and minds instead of Christ. Forgive the way we forget your word, and ignore your presence. Create a desire in our hearts to know you better, more intimately, more passionately. Grant us your wisdom, guidance and grace to surrender our will to you daily. Holy God, make us holy, make us yours. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
*HYMN #345 “Come Children Join to Sing”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
SERMON ‘Reign of Christ’
*OFFERING HYMN #542 “We Give You But Your Own”
As so many have done before us, we make our offering now.
As so many have prayed before us, we ask your blessing upon it. As so many have dreamed before us,
we pray that our gifts will touch many lives. Amen
*CLOSING HYMN #223 “Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing”
They sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Audrey Black who passed away on Sunday, November 17th, 2019. Audrey’s funeral took place at Northumberland Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 19.
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
11 AM Sunday School at the centre
7:30 PM Advent Choir practice at the church
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM Advent Bible Study at the centre
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Advent Bible study will begin this Tuesday, November 26th at the church center. There will be four studies.
APPRECIATION CELEBRATION FOR JANICE – Please join us following the church service today as we extend our best wishes, love and gratitude to Janice for her many years of service to this church and congregation.
ADVENT CHOIR – We invite you to join us this evening as we prepare music to sing throughout the Advent season. Pamala Watters and Nancy Russell have arranged the song selections. Hope to see you tonight 😊
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT – The Sunday School will be presenting a Christmas Concert for the congregation at the church center on December 8th at 4:00 PM. Please join us as we celebrate this joyous Christmas season. Pizza and sweets will be served.
RESTORATION FUND – A restoration fund has been set up to repair the pillars to the entrance of the church as well as other various necessary upgrades. Donations may be made to the church office or on the offering plate on Sunday mornings.
CRAFT SALE – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Center will be hosting their 30th Annual Christmas Craft & Bake sale at the Parish Center in Chatham Head on Saturday, November 30th from 10-2 PM. For more information, contact Alice Henderson at 622-2931.
THE 21ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER – Gerry Cormier Memorial Christmas Concert, hosted by Susan Butler, is today at St. Mary’s, at 2:00 PM