Entry of the Written Word

When Martin Luther felt discouraged or afraid, he’d often splash water on himself and declare, “I am baptized!” John Calvin advised those who were feeling depressed about the world or their situation  to “reflect that they are still on the way” to the “complete victory” that God promises in baptism.

Baptism happens once, yet takes a lifetime to complete. That’s why more congregations are talking about renewing and reaffirming baptism by finding ways to reintegrate baptism with weekly worship, rites of passage, and the life of their faith community.

The Welcome

Call to Worship

Leader: This is the day which our God has made.
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Leader: Summer vacation is over and many have returned to classrooms and jobs, to new challenges and opportunities.
People: We trust in your promise, O God, that you are always with us.
Leader: May we know God’s blessing in all we do.
People: Let us rejoice and be glad!

Hymn 425 “We praise you, O God”

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Peace Invocation: “May the peace of Christ be with you”

Passing of Peace

Welcome, Acknowledgements and Announcements

LOGOS – Jen Yessis Reist

Baptism Hymn 516 vs 1-3 “A little child the Saviour came”

Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism

Today we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism for

Felicity Grace
Daughter of Mary and Jeff Steele

Sloane Ava
Daughter of Alexandra and Neil Nunnamaker

Remembering our Baptism

Musical reflection: “I Have Called You By Your Name”
Words and music by Daniel Charles Damon
Sung by the Knox Choir

Prayer for teachers, leaders, children and youth (together) Gracious God, we thank you for calling us into a delightful ministry of teaching and learning together. Help us to recognize and celebrate the gifts that each one brings to this community of faith. Help us to treasure and strengthen the strands that connect us to one another and to you. We ask your blessing upon our teachers, leaders, children, youth and young adults. Guide us and empower us to live what we learn, to serve your world following Christ’s example. Amen

Today in Sunday school: : Luke 14:25-33 “It Ain’t Easy”
Next week: Luke 15:1-10 “All is Not Lost”

Scripture Reading:

Old Testament: Jeremiah 18:3-6

Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17

Presentation our Offering:

Offertory: “Make This Church a Welcome Place”
Music by Joel Raney, Words by J. Paul Williams
Sung by Knox Chancel Choir

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

Prayer of Dedication (together) O God, we offer these gifts to you. Use them to shape and transform the world you love with the Good News we celebrate in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sermon: “Remember who you are”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 774 “God forgave my sin/Freely, freely”


Choral Closing “Walk with me”

Welcome Desk: Gloria Roberts & Annamma Abraham
Greeters: Sharon Feldmann
Ushers: Gordon Coyne, Ralph Small, Susan & Stuart McTavish, Judy & Ron Charie
Radio/Sound: Jamie McManus
Broadcast: Ben Breen
Multimedia: Andrew Church
Giving Table: Charlene Janes
Hospital Visitor: Gordon Coyne
Refreshments: Paula & Nicholas Mojica
Sunday Attendant: Tristan de Oliveira

Welcome to Knox Waterloo

  • You are welcome in the name of Jesus.
  • Individual listening devices for improved sound are available at the Welcome Desk.
  • We have Scent-Free Seating on the front left side as you enter from the back. You can also enter the scent free area from the side door.
  • There is a bright, modern nursery on the main floor next to the sanctuary. If your infant or small child needs care during the worship service, you may leave the sanctuary and return as you wish. You and your child are welcome during worship. Childcare for infants and toddlers is available.
  • Worship bags, containing quiet activities are on the wall opposite the nursery and toddler room. You are welcome to borrow one of these bags.
  • Offering envelopes are on the backs of seats. You may choose to give after worship using credit card, debit card, or e-transfer. If using an offering envelope please leave your full address on it. This is a requirement for all charities in order to send charitable receipts for gifts.
  • Please take a moment, if you wish, to introduce yourself to one of the ministers, or a greeter at the welcome desk.

There are many ways to give at Knox Waterloo. Everything we do is supported by the financial generosity of our community. We give generously in many ways.

  • Some through PACK (Pre Authorized Contribution to Knox)
  • Some generously with gifts of appreciated assets
  • Some give via Credit Card or Debit after Church
  • Some with weekly offering envelops
  • Now through the phone app Tithe.ly, for Knox Waterloo, using our credit card at any time we feel God’s grace and a want to give. We can give 24 hours a day through this app. This takes about 10 seconds.

Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church statement of Inclusion:

God’s Love Includes Everyone. As an inclusive, affirming congregation, we honour the diversity of God’s creation. Our community is richer when we include people of all ages, gender identities, racial and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, economic circumstances and family configurations. We seek to provide a safe space so that each person can bring every aspect of their whole self into participation within this congregation. We invite all to join into the life, leadership, witness and ministry of Knox Waterloo.