Celebration of Holy Communion

“Ours are the best of times, as Charles Dickens would likely tell us, and the worst of times. But these days, we are mostly preoccupied with the latter. Headlines report on episodes of Chinese hostility, American bullying, British distemper, Russian truculence and Saudi brutality – all of which remind us how bad things can get and how vulnerable we could be in a world where power trumps law.” Paul Heinbecker (Globe and Mail) When we listen to the news what do we hear? How can we speak God’s word in chaotic times?

Entry of the Written Word

Call to Worship: (inspired by Psalm 71)

OneWe come to be renewed in faith and hope.
All: God is our hope and our trust.
One: Let us speak of God’s mighty deeds.
All: God is our hope and our trust.
One: God is our rock of refuge and our strength in times of trouble.
All: God is our hope and our trust.

Hymn 39 “God of mercy, God of grace”

Opening Prayer

Sung Response: “May the Peace of Christ Be with You”

Passing the Peace

Welcome, Acknowledgements and Announcements:
Grades 4-6 Can-struction
Women Together

Hymn 40 verse 1 sung twice “Let us praise”

Children’s time “God’s love is here” (an action poem)

God’s love is here. (point to yourself)
God’s love is there. (point to someone else)
God’s love is around us always. (hug yourself)
God’s love is high. (stretch hands up)
God’s love is low. (hands and arms go low)
God’s love is with us everywhere we go. (hands moving across)
God’s love is from Jesus. (arms like a cross)
God’s love is for me. (point to yourself)
God’s love is for all. (extend arms wide)
This is Good news! (wave arms)

Today in Sunday school: Luke 4:21-30 “Unexpected News”
Next week: Luke 5:1-11 “Out into the Deep”

Reading of Scripture:

Jeremiah 1:4-10 “Speaking God’s word in chaotic times”  

Luke 4:21-30 “Not what they wanted to hear”

Presentation our Offering:

Offertory: “Come Taste the Goodness of the Lord” – Chancel choir
Words and music: Joseph Martin

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

Prayer of Dedication (together): Living God, our source, we are made in your image. Show us that image in everyone we meet. Jesus, our brother, you call us your friends. Help us befriend each other and ourselves. Holy Spirit, our flame of love, inspire us with your joy. Fire us with the challenge of your call and welcome. May this offering be a sign of our commitment to the ministry of love and acceptance, and a sign of hope for the world.  AMEN

Meditation: “Speaking God’s word in chaotic times”

Invitation to Communion

Communion Hymn 543 verses 1-3 “Here, O my Lord”

Story of Communion

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Sharing Bread and Wine
(Please hold onto the bread and cup and we will commune together. Gluten free bread is wrapped on each tray.)

Communion music: “The Last Rose of Summer”
arranged by Mauro Giuliani. Soloist: Jotham Sennema

Closing Prayer

Hymn 757 “Come sing, O church, in joy!”


Choral Closing “Walk with me”

Welcome Desk: Nancy Matthews & Femmy Birks
Greeter: David Pratley
Ushers: Dianne & John Linnerth, Sandi & Tom McBride, Andrew Rozomiak, Dave Dougall
Radio/Sound: Joe Gordon
Broadcast: Ben Breen
Multimedia: Andrew Church
Giving Table: Jen Yessis
Hospital Visitor: Kathy Kiggins
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.

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.