Christian family Sunday
Celebration of confirmation
As followers of Jesus, what does it mean for the church to be a community? Members of the early Church struggled with how to be a community in the face of changes to their membership and challenges from the world around them. This is still the challenge today. We must treat those with whom we worship and work with care and compassion, even when we face disagreement, change or loss. As we come together for worship today, let us continue to share the gospel by living out Jesus’ message of love and justice in the world and in our own faith communities.
Entry of the Written Word
Words of Welcome and Acknowledgement
Call to Worship:
One: We are called not to be perfect,
All: we are called to seek faith.
One: We are not called to be all knowing,
All: we are called to have hope.
One: We are not called to be fearful,
All: we are called to Love.
Hymn 574 “With the Lord as my guide”
Peace Invocation: “May the Peace of Christ be with you”
Passing the Peace (We share a sign of Peace with one another.)
Hymn of the month 295 “When long before time”
Affirm! Chantal Jackson
Profession of Faith:
Introduction and Presentation
Apostles’ Creed 539
Act of Confirmation for:
Welcome and Presentations
Hymn 588 verses 1&2 “A prophet-woman broke a jar”
Today in Sunday school: Acts 1: 15-17; 21-26 – Renewing Community
Next Week: Acts 2:1-21 – What a Gift!
Hymn 588 verses 3&4 “A prophet-woman broke a jar”
Prayer for Understanding
Old Testament – Isaiah 43:1-3a & Psalm 1:2&3
Hymn 445 “Open our eyes, Lord”
New Testament – John 15:4&5
Presentation of Offering:
Offertory: “Gentle Voice“
Words and music – Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler
Hymn “For the life that you have given”
Prayer of Dedication
Sermon: “Belonging: Our life together in Christ”
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 585 “Christ, you call us all to service”
Choral Closing “Walk with me”
Walk with me, I will walk with you;
And build the land that God has planned
Where love shines through.
Today we are delighted to welcome nine young people who are stepping forward to make an Affirmation of Faith. Please take the time to congratulate them after worship.
The first creed of the church was “Jesus is Lord” This was an affirmation of faith, a statement of trust. The Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed are two historical creeds that the church still uses. There are also many modern day creeds used today that also point to our trust in God as made known to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Here is one:
“We are not alone. We live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.”
Welcome Desk: Anna Abraham
Greeters: Harper Family
Ushers: Dianne & John Linnerth, Sue & Bruce Dickieson, Bob Reichard, Lucas Britto
Radio/Sound: Eric Gaudet
Broadcast: Grant Birks
Multimedia: Kathleen Forde
Giving Table: Rob Broberg
Hospital Visitor: Beth Thorsen
Refreshments: Barb & George MacAskill
Sunday Attendant: Ellen McIntosh
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 Pushpay, 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.