Entry of the Written Word
Welcome and Acknowledgment
Mi’kmaq Welcome Song Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak
Good Hearted Women Singers
Call to Worship:
One: We come together to worship the one God of us all
All: Let us put aside our differences and be united in our love of the Creator.
One: We come together to seek healing and reconciliation.
All: Let us deal with past hurts and go forward together in the comfort and strength of our Holy Spirit.
One: We come together to honor and affirm our faith as children of the One God who created us.
All: Let us praise God for all God’s mercies.
Hymn 307 (verses 1,4,5,6) “God of the sparrow”
Leader: Let us offer thanks to the one who has created us all, the Giver of Life.
All: As we come together here today to worship God let us open our hearts and minds to a different way of prayer.
Leader: We begin by looking to the east where the sun rises each day.
One: Creator, we offer you thanks for that beginning time in our life which we know as infancy, for the hope of resurrection and for new beginnings. We also offer thanks for the teachings of honesty and truth.
Leader: We next look to the south.
Two: God we thank you for that time in our lives which we call adolescence, and for all those times of learning and growing that you bring to us throughout our lives. We also offer you thanks for the gifts of caring and sharing.
Leader: We next look to the west, the place of the setting sun.
Three: Great Spirit, we offer you thanks for the time in our lives which we call adulthood, and for the ability to take all we know from you and live right. We offer thanks for the gift of faith and the teaching of respect for all.
Leader: Next we look to the north, the cool refreshing breath of the Spirit of God.
Four: We thank you Holy Spirit for the time in our lives when we are called seniors. We thank you for our elders and the gift of wisdom. We thank you for clarity of vision and a sense of the strength that comes from you. We need that to live each day. We also offer you thanks for the teaching of kindness that comes from this direction.
Leader: We focus our thoughts upwards beyond the ceiling of this sanctuary.
Five: O Great Spirit, in the day sky’s infinite blue and the vast blackness of the night sky sprinkled with stars too numerous to count, remind us that you are beyond our ability to know you, or to tell others about you, but that you also are no further away from us than the air we breathe.
Leader: We look down to our feet.
Six: O Great Spirit, help us to give thanks unceasingly for the bounty provided to us from our sacred earth. From that sacred earth we come. To that sacred earth we will return. Without our sacred earth we would not live.
Leader: And, as we finish, we turn and face the chancel.
All: We give thanks to you God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all life, and we look to Jesus to lead us as we forge ahead, working together, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, toward healing and reconciliation with each other and with you.
Passing of Peace
Life and Ministry at Knox
Hymn 199 “If I have been the source of pain”
Time with the Children:
Anishinabe Seven Sacred Teachings
Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak Good Hearted Women Singers
Presentation our Offering:
Offertory Hymn 322 “Sing praise to God”
Hymn “For the life that you have given”
Prayer of Dedication
The Reading of the Confession
The Confession of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, presented 25 years ago at The Forks, Winnipeg, October 1994.
Prayer of Confession:
Gracious God, we know that we are called to respect all of your creation and all nations of your people. We know we are called by you to love as we journey through this life. Forgive us where we have failed in our relations with others and with your entire creation. Have mercy on us, and with your forgiveness help us to learn from our mistakes and to have the courage to move forward. Amen.
Mohawk Friendship Song Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak
Good Hearted Women Singers
Remembering children who died in residential schools
“God weeps” Knox Church Choir
Words by Shirley Wrena Murray, music by Jim Strathdee
The Reading of Scripture 1 John 4:20-21
Presentation: Two Row on the Grand
Ellie Joseph and Jay Bailey
Hymn 730 verses 1-3 “O for a world where everyone”
Anishinabe Round Dance Song Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak
Good Hearted Women Singers
We acknowledge that Knox Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral Peoples.
We seek a renewed relationship with our neighbours, one that is based on honour and deep respect. We give thanks for the ability to gather, work and worship here.
The sacred land on which Knox Waterloo is situated has been home to various Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years. Beginning in the 19th century and continuing until the late 1960s, the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) partnered with the Government of Canada in running Indian Residential Schools.
It is clear that these schools, in policy and practice, were an assault on Indigenous families, culture, language and spiritual traditions, and that great harm was done. The Confession of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (1994) seeks forgiveness from our Aboriginal neighbours.
We continue to lament and regret our part in that legacy. We cannot change the past, but we continue to share in the work of healing and reconciliation, respectfully following the leadership of Indigenous communities and leaders.
Welcome Desk: Nancy Holland
Greeters: Lawrie Carter
Ushers: Lucas Britto, Barb Prysnuk, Judy & Ron Charie, Pat & Harold Ball
Radio/Sound: Dan Corrigan
Broadcast: Stephen Kauk
Multimedia: Kathleen Forde
Giving Table: Heather Cawsey
Hospital Visitor: Heather Cawsey
Refreshments: Patricia & Harold Ball
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 Tithe.ly, 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.