(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
June 2, 2019
Welcome to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Each year when the Assembly is in Waterloo we support and connect to our denomination through people across Canada who travelled here to participate in the democratic decision making of the Presbyterian Church. Last year we had worshippers from British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Windsor, Nova Scotia, and many other places. I had fun driving people to worship and to the Affirm event – that is why I was late to worship last year on June 3rd!
- It is good to connect and hear the stories of faithfulness from across Canada.
- It is good to know that we are not alone.
- It is inspiring to hear of the amazing things that we do together through Presbyterians Sharing and through Presbyterian World Service and Development.
- We meet people who are different from us, and yet the same.
- We are faithful people seeking to make a difference in the lives of others, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- We are blessed with a heritage of faithfulness and generosity.
- We are fellow worshippers in a journey of faithfulness and grace.
This is the second of three consecutive years of General Assembly meetings to take place in Waterloo on the Laurier campus.
- This year Knox Waterloo provided space and hospitality to the “Street Level” conference held yesterday. Created by former moderator Rev. Peter Bush and Rev. Chris O’Reilly, ‘Street Level’ was to encourage and inspire Christian leaders to have confidence in Christ’s call and engage people with the good news.
- Knox also hosted the Affirm 2! ‘Empowering Inclusive Congregations’ and celebrating God’s love which includes everyone! A big Thank-You to our inclusion committee for all the organization.
- Tomorrow, June 3rd, at 7:30 pm Knox is privileged to host the ‘Knitting Pilgrim’ featuring the Stitched Glass tapestries. This is a one-man play and talkback about the real-life artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths
We are connected to one another. We are connected to God who is one. We are all included in God’s all-encompassing love in Jesus Christ.
We are connected through generosity. The offering time in worship can be viewed as a time to pay the bills and fund ministries. We do this, but there is more.
Our offering is when we are invited to proclaim through faith that we love God first. We love God more than our jobs, our assets, our possessions, and our hobbies.
Our offering is a declaration that God loved us first and always. In each offering we express God’s love, for us all, for our denomination, for our families and for our congregation. Thanks be to God.