Whoever you are,
wherever you are on your journey of life and faith,
you are welcome here.
“There is “NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu argues compellingly in his book by that same title. There is also no Christianity without forgiveness. The entire message of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is lost without it. Forgiveness is the healing stream flowing out from the crucified Christ over a world that does not know how desperately it needs the healing.”
Marjorie J. Thompson from her book “Forgiveness”
Entry of the Written Word
Call to Worship (PWS&D insert & on screen)
Hymn 194 vs 1, 3, 5 & 6 “Come, let us to the Lord our God”
Opening Prayerand Lord’s Prayer
Peace Invocation: “Shalom”
Passing the Peace (We share a sign of Peace)
Musical reflection “Jesus, Heal Me” – Knox Chancel Choir
Words and music: Estella Garcia-Lopez
Welcome, Acknowledgements and Announcements
Minute person: Jen Yessis “Reconciliation Initiatives”
Hymn 201 “We come to ask your forgiveness”
Scripture sharing: Luke 4:1-13 LOGOS Senior High
Today in Sunday school: PWS&D Challenge
Responsive Psalm 32 Refrain I (Psalter)
Gospel: Luke 15:11-32
Offertory: “Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley” – Knox Chancel Choir spiritual arr. Larry Shackley
Hymn “For the life that you have given”
Prayer of Dedication: “Generous God, with thanks we give you back a portion of what you have given us. Give us generous hearts so that we will use these gifts for the benefit of all in your beloved world. Amen.”
Sermon: “Prelude to Forgiveness”- Individual or communal?
Closing Hymn 199 “If I have been the source of pain”
Choral Closing“Walk with me”
Knox Waterloo’s new “Reconciliation Initiatives” wants to remind the congregation of an opportunity with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, to participate in the Healing and Reconciliation Tour: Continuing the Journey, June 15-26. This trip, led by David Phillips, will help you learn some of the complex issues related to the PCC’s involvement in the schools and how we have been walking alongside and with Indigenous brothers and sisters as we live out the spirit of the confession and work towards reconciliation.
Participants will visit PCC ministries working with Indigenous peoples in Kenora, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Mistawasis; see cultural and historic sites like the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and meet with representatives from the University of Manitoba Indigenous Business Education and more; listen to Indigenous people sharing their stories and experiences; learn about healing and reconciliation initiatives being undertaken by people across Canada; and consider our response to issues of health, education, families, water and housing.
Application deadline: April 1, 2019. Cost: $1,500.
Costs include travel and accommodation, meals are extra. Open to those 18+.
For more information see the poster on the Knox bulletin board, speak with Rev. Linda Ashfield or contact the mission trip coordinator at experiencemission [at] presbyterian [dot] ca 1-800-619-7301
Welcome Desk: Nancy Matthews & Gloria Roberts
Greeter: Andrew Hopper
Ushers: Judy & Gordon Howes, Susan & Stuart McTavish, Lucas Britto, Heather Cawsey
Radio/Sound: Jackson Del Chiaro
Broadcast: Stephen Kauk
Multimedia: Kathleen Forde
Giving Table: Ken VanderVleuten
Hospital Visitor: Kathy Kiggins
Refreshments: Rui Qiao
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.