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

World Communion Sunday
October 6, 2019

Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Nancy Russell
Greeters: Scott Russell & Aundrea Holmes
Counters: Earle Howe and Ellie Hubbard
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. / Mark 8:25

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

Our call to worship is from John 8:32
“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32
God of heaven and earth, we long to be truly free.
In this hour of worship,
help us to grasp the freedom that comes
from seeing you more clearly,
loving you more dearly,
and following you more nearly.
Day by day, give us strength and courage
to be your people in this time, in this place. Amen.
* INTROIT #574 “Come, Let Us Sing of a Wonderful Love”



* HYMN #457 “As We Gather at Your Table”


SCRIPTURE Mark 8:22-25

SERMON ‘Signs or Repeated Tests?’ / Part Three



* OFFERING HYMN #538 “For the Gift of Creation”
Every time we come to the moment of offering, it’s a crossroads.
There is an inner struggle between selfishness and generosity,
a pull between fear of the future and belief in God’s providence.
We give our offering this morning, Lord,
stepping out in faith down the road of grace.
We do this together, as your people,
called and sent to be a blessing for all the world.
In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
We recognize and bless the gifts brought to the table, and those which wing their way electronically from our banks to the church’s account.

* COMMUNION HYMN #480 “Let Us Break Bread Together”



*CLOSING HYMN #481 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”

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

Sunday School Announcements
The Sunday School is also in need of volunteers who are willing to teach a class from time to time. The curriculum is super easy to follow and extremely user friendly; very little preparation is involved. Please speak to Kimberley by phoning or texting 210-1239 or call the church office at 622-1598. Thank you kindly for your support 🙂

Thanksgiving Sunday / Intergenerational Sunday: On October 13 we will celebrate Thanksgiving with our Sunday School. During the offering the children will be collecting donations for the food bank. Children and adults are all invited to bring one small item such as a can of soup or pasta etc. to help our kids experience generosity and giving. The offering will be sent to the Food Bank later that week.
Weekly Announcements
VILLAGE OF HOPE Members of the Village of Hope will be sharing their message with us in our service on October 20. Facebook: Village of Hope Canada.

FALL SUPPER – Reserve the date SATURDAY, OCT 26, 3:30 – 6:00 PM for St. James & St. John Annual Fall Roast Beef Supper, Adults $13, children under 12 $7. Take-outs available. You will be contacted by someone from the Planning Committee starting Oct. 1st to see how you can help. If we should miss getting in touch with you and you would like to help, either thru monetary donation toward the cost of the beef, bake a dessert, set-up, clean up, serve, donate potatoes or pickles, call the office 622-1598 and let us know how you would be willing to help.

Community Announcements
OCTOBER BREAKFAST: Saint James Church in Sevogle will be hosting their monthly breakfast on Oct 6, 9 AM -1:00 PM. $8.00 per person. Menu: Scrambled or Fried eggs (2), homemade bread for toast, sausage (1), bacon (2), 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.

APPLE PIES FOR SALE from St. Stephen’s United Church, Red Bank. Sept 30 – Oct 24, $8/pie. Contact Marilyn Hare @ 622-7775/ Sheila Hill @ 836-2897/ Lois Estey @ 836-7413.

ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN SUPPER Wednesday, Oct 9, 5:30 PM at St. Andrew’s United Church, 188 Wellington Street. 100 Tickets will be pre-sold at $14.00 each. Reserve your tickets at the church office at 773-9932 or stop into the church office. Supper will include Roast Pork with all the trimmings and assorted cakes for dessert.

SENIORS GATHERING on Wednesday, Oct 16 at 1:30 PM at St. Andrew’s United Church, 188 Wellington Street, Miramichi. There will be a guest speaker from Region 7 Hospital on Volunteerism and the need for it. A light reception will follow. All are welcome!