Announcements for June 19

This Wednesday, June 22, is the first day the church office will be closed for the summer break. If there is a pastoral emergency during the time the congregation of St. James worships at Grace United, please contact Rev. Stephen Fram at Grace. The St. James church office will reopen on July 27, and services here will resume on July 31.

For those interested in learning more about the Maritime Conference's 91st annual meeting, a great deal of information is available to read online, at the website MarConf.ca. There is an "Annual Meeting" tab at the top of the main page, and under it can be found the 2016 Digest of Actions, along with other valuable material.

Rev. Matt Fillier's sermon at the 2016 Ordination Service at Maritime Conference can be seen on YouTube.com by doing a search using his name.

In 1986, at its 31st General Council, The United Church of Canada responded to the request of Indigenous Peoples that it apologize to them for its part in colonization.
1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples
Long before my people journeyed to this land your people were here, and you received from your elders an understanding of creation and of the mystery that surrounds us all that was deep, and rich, and to be treasured.
We did not hear you when you shared your vision. In our zeal to tell you of the good news of Jesus Christ we were closed to the value of your spirituality.
We confused Western ways and culture with the depth and breadth and length and height of the gospel of Christ.
We imposed our civilization as a condition of accepting the gospel.
We tried to make you be like us and in so doing we helped to destroy the vision that made you what you were. As a result, you, and we, are poorer and the image of the Creator in us is twisted, blurred, and we are not what we are meant by God to be.
We ask you to forgive us and to walk together with us in the spirit of Christ, so that our peoples may be blessed and God's creation healed.
The Right Rev. Bob Smith
General Council 1986
The United Church of Canada