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St. James United Church,
5540 Osgoode Main Street,
Osgoode ON  K0A 2W0

11:00 am Regular Sunday Services and Sunday School

All are welcome! Please join us.

This Week at Worship

This Sunday we gather in community to learn, sing, pray and hear God's Living Words for us. Our scripture readings are from Jonah, Chapter 3, verses 1 thru 5 and verse 10. Jonah is very much a reluctant prophet. Earlier, God called him to "Go at once to Nineveh ... and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me." Jonah tried to escape by sailing to the ends of the earth but God has punished him by having a large fish swallow him. In this morning's reading, God calls to Jonah a second time and Jonah answers God's call. Our Gospel reading is from Mark, Chapter 1, verses 14 thru 20. Last week, we heard an account of the calling of the first disciples from the Gospel of John. This week, we hear a second call story from Mark with Jesus calling Simon, Andrew, James and John to leave their lives behind to follow him. And, just like that, they dropped whatever they were doing, and began new lives in following Jesus. They left the known of being fisher people to an unknown life, unknown future. Fish are a theme in our reading and I can't resist: "Where does a fish keep her money? In a River Bank." "Where do fish sleep? In a river bed!" Go right ahead and laugh or groan with me!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we explore together God's Words for us this day.

Have a wonderful Friday evening and weekend.


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