St. James & St. John United Church

556 King George Highway ~ Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3

  1. 622-1598 ~ Fax: 836-7711


St. James & St. John United Church


October 27, 2019



Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők

Music Ministry:  Nancy Russell

Greeters: Mona and Charlene Coull

Counters for October: Ray & Lois McNeill

Counters for November:  Melanie & Darryl Shaddick

Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling





“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift. “ (Ephesians 2:8)


Today’s Service

(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)




God of the generations, we give you thanks this day for our ancestors in the faith, those individuals down through the ages who taught through the words they spoke, the material they wrote, and the lives they lived.  This day we remember in particular those reformers whose work and commitments reshaped the Christian Church of their time.

Grant us, in our day, a similar passion for renewing our faith,

for wrestling again with the scriptures that speak your Word anew to each generation, for living a life that cares for our neighbours near and far.

Give us, like the reformers, the courage to challenge our society,

a society that tells us to put ourselves first, whatever the cost to others and to the created order.

May we, like them, live and work as people who have experienced your grace, and therefore live and work to make this world more like the world you would have it be. These things we pray, in Jesus’ name, Amen.


* INTROIT HYMN #315 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”





The beginnings of faith call for seeking the Lord.

The beginnings of faith call for the reading of Scripture.

The beginnings of faith call for understanding the Word of God.

The authority of the Scripture stands on its own.

Our discussion and questions are answered there.

Seek the Lord in The Word.

May we Christians never fear to ask those questions.

May we never fear the truth of Scripture.

May we never cease proclaiming God’s Word.

May we never cease to critically apply Scripture to our

lives. May the Holy Spirit infuse us with the living

knowledge of Christ, the Word made flesh, the Way, the

Truth, and the Light.  Amen.


* HYMN #220 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”




SCRIPTURE    Luke 18:9-14


SERMON         Reformation or “Return-ation?”







We give you but your own, whate’er the gift may be;
all that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.



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 #289 “It Only Takes a Spark”


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

Thursday            6:30 PM Fall Bible Study


Weekly Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PRINCE PLACE MIRAMICHI INC.: Prince Place Board is excited to invite you to the  “Blessing of Prince Place”  to be held on Saturday, November 9/19 at 11am – we will gather at the apartment building for the blessing to be given by Rev. Alice and Rev. John followed by a light luncheon/reception at the center.  We would love to see everyone there!  We would also like to inform you that there will be three vacancies on the board this coming year – please consider becoming a board member to help continue this very worthwhile work.


It is with great sadness that the M&P and the church council announce the resignation of Janice O’Shea, effective November 15th. In recognition of Janice’s twenty plus years as a loyal and dedicated church administrator, we are hosting a luncheon in her honor on November 24th, immediately following the church service. We invite you to please join us in sharing your best wishes, love and gratitude to Janice for her many years of service to this church and congregation.



Location: St. James & St. John United Church, Miramichi, N.B.

We are in need of a part time Secretary, 20 Hours per week, to provide clerical, administrative and general support to the Minister, Church Council and Prince Place.

The applicant must possess: Excellent communication Skills. Proven work experience. Working knowledge of office devices.  Professional attitude and appearance.  Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.   Able to prioritize and organize daily work. Strong computer skills and demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications.  Ability to complete comprehensive internet searches and to learn new Information management systems. Resumes may be sent to: or dropped off to Church Office at 556 King George Hwy. Miramichi, NB.  Deadline to Apply is Monday Nov 4, 2019.


Community Announcements

A VARIETY CONCERT at St. Andrew’s United Church, 188 Wellington Street on Friday, Nov 1 at 7 pm.  Music by Ross & Joanne Wiseman and including music by Bill Hachey & Friends, skits, and more.


NOVEMBER BREAKFAST Saint James Church in Sevogle, Nov 3, 9 -1 pm.  $8 per person.  Menu:  Scrambled or Fried eggs (2), homemade bread for toast, sausage (1), bacon (2), homemade beans, tea, coffee, juice and sweets.  Hope to see you there !!!


CGIT Alumnae are meeting for Halloween lunch Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30 at Pizza Delight (back room).  All former members/leaders welcome.