St James and St John United Church
October 31, 2021
INTRO TO WORSHIP
GREETINGS & WELCOME
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
Daniel Szemők (Video)
CALL TO WORSHIP
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.
“Come Now is the Time to Worship”
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.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
2 Timothy 3:15–17
The Five Sola’s
PASTORAL PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
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
“This is My Father’s World”
This Weeks Worship Participants
Music Ministry United Harmony
Greeter Keith Shaddick
Counter: Grace LeFloch
Sound Tec: David Watling
Positive Thought of the Week
“Happiness doesn’t come as a result of something we don’t have
but rather or recognizing and appreciating what we do have”.
By Frederick Keonig
Our Church News
READING OF THE BIBLE – Rev. Alice has recorded video readings of the Book of John; you can watch these videos by clicking on the link on our Church FaceBook page or going directly to Youtube and type in Rev. Alice Szemok, or you can be added
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – The Advent Bible Study will begin on Tuesday, November 23, at 7 PM, via Zoom.
UCW UNIT 7 – The UCW Unit 7 will resume their monthly meetings, beginning Tuesday, November 9th at 7 PM, at the Church Centre. All members and new members welcome!
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE – Please join us next Sunday, November 7th, for our Remembrance Day service. In honor of Remembrance Day, Manford Wasson has been invited to share his thoughts on this occasion.
Our Community News
MIRAMICHI LADS & LADIES: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM! (Book Two), edited by Johannes Bosma, will be launched on November 6th at Mill Cove Coffee Shop (Newcastle) 10-12noon and Creative Grounds (Chatham) 2-4pm. The cost is $20 and all proceeds will provide scholarships to four 2022 high school grads worth $3000. Copies will be available later at both venues or by contacting John Bosma (773-5174).