November 30th is the feast day of Saint Andrew. He is the patron saint of Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Scotland. Born in Galilee, Andrew and his brother Simon Peter were fishermen by trade. In John’s gospel it states that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist whose testimony led him to follow Jesus. The Byzantine Church honours him with a name that means “the first called”. Andrew at once recognized Jesus as the Messiah and hastened to introduce him to his brother. Andrew invited Simon Peter to come and meet the one sent by God.
Advent and Christmas is a wonderful time to invite your friends to come to church with you. The story and the carols are familiar and the season is celebrated by our culture. We all know someone who would enjoy seeing the Children’s Christmas Pageant, or who loves Christmas music, or someone who is seeking some quiet time on Christmas Eve. Perhaps you know someone who is going through a difficult time right now and the Longest Night would be a gift to them.
Advent 1 – Dec 2 – The Candle of Hope – Celebration of Communion
Advent 2 – Dec. 9 – The Candle of Peace – Children’s Christmas Pageant
Advent 3 – Dec. 16 – The Candle of Joy – Knox Choir’s Cantata
Advent 4 – Dec. 23 – The Candle of Love – Lessons and Carols with Full House Brass
Longest Night Friday December 21st, 7:00 p.m. Speaker Ken Seiling
5:00 p.m. – Worship for Young Children
7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Service with Brass
9:00 p.m. – Candlelight Service with Choir
11:00 p.m. – Candlelight Communion
ADVENT SACRED SPACE: This year we have created a Prayer Room for Advent in Room 106. Experience 7 stations which will help you to wait, make room in your heart, confess, pray, connect with the story and ‘live in it’. This is a wonderful place for your family to visit and experience together or to visit alone. It will be open during the day Monday to Friday and Sundays before and after worship.
Andrew was so excited when he met Jesus and he wanted his brother to meet and know him. In this Season of wonder and joy, may we too extend an invitation to others, to come and see and meet the one born for us!
Linda Ashfield, minister at Knox Waterloo