Welcome to worship. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany. His new insights and understandings of God called him to demand reform within the church. We believe that “the church is in constant need of reform because of the failure and sin which mark its life in every age.” (Living Faith 7.1.6) We need to be open to new ways and understanding as God speaks to us in our day. What dogmas or practices or teachings hold us back from seeing the wideness of God’s mercy and love in our day? May we too be open to God’s great grace as we follow Jesus faithfully on the way.
Entry of the Bible
Call to Worship: (Psalm 90 vs 1&2; Psalm 46 vs 1&2a)
One: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. All: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. One: You are our refuge and our strength; a very present help in trouble. All: Therefore, we will not fear.
One: Come, let us worship the God who created us, who loves us and redeems us!
Hymn 315 “A mighty fortress is our God”
Opening Prayerof Praise and Confession
Peace Invocation: “Shalom”
Words of Assurance:
One: Whenever we cry out to God in faith, God hears us, and God answers us, and God sends us on our way with the assurance that we are forgiven, and will never be alone.
All: Thanks be to God!
Passing the Peace
(We share a sign of Peace with one another.)
Introit “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Martin Smith
Soloist – Lizzie Song
Welcome, Acknowledgements and Announcements
Hymn 314 “God is love: come heaven, adoring”
Time with the Children
Today in Sunday school: Mark 10:46-52 “Sight and Insight”
Next week: Mark 12:28-34 “The Great Commandment”
Song for Illumination 445 “Open our eyes, Lord”
Gospel: John 8:31-36; John 1:17
Epistles: Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23
Presentation of our offering:
Offertory:“Ave Verum” by Mozart
Soloist- Jakob Villeneuve
Hymn “For the life that you have given”
Prayer of Dedication (unison): Giving God, we bring you these gifts today from our lives that are rich with your blessing. Receive them with our thankfulness for all you have done in our lives, and use them to make a difference in the lives of others. Amen.
Sermon: “The Five Solas & Grace Alone!”
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn490 verses 1,3,4,5“God of grace and God of glory”
Go out into the world, living in the light of Christ!
By the power of the Spirit do all the good you can
by all the means you can in all the ways you can
in all the places you can at all the times you can
to all the people you can as long as ever you can.
—words attributed to John Wesley
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.
Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
Solus Christus (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)
Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)
Welcome Desk: Eleanor Larter, Anna Abraham
Greeters: Sennema Family
Ushers: Kathy Hall, Duncan McLean, Ruth & Dick Heeg, Janice & Mark Harper
Radio/Sound: Jamie McManus
Broadcast: Barb Gaudet
Multimedia: Kathleen Forde
Giving Table: John Scace
Hospital Visitor: Heather Cawsey
Refreshments: Beth Thorsen & Betty Crompton
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 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.