This Sunday (December 1st) is the beginning of the Advent Season which lasts four weeks until Christmas. We gather around the Advent Wreath and light the first candle – the Candle of Hope. Singing Advent carols like “Come thou long expected Jesus” and “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel” and “Prepare the way of the Lord” remind us that “Advent is the time of promise; it is not yet the time of fulfillment.” This Sunday is also Communion Sunday. The sermon “Get real” is based on Luke 3:1-18. The choir will sing “Where two or three are gathered”, “Waiting, Wondering, Wandering” and “What Feast will you bring?” As we begin this Advent Journey to Bethlehem, we pray that God will kindle hope in our hearts.
This Season you are invited to:
- LOGOS Christmas dinner and worship service afterwards on December 12th. Please let them know if you plan to attend dinner – firstname.lastname@example.org (only $5 for a full turkey dinner).
- LONGEST NIGHT and CHRISTMAS EVE – we need ushers, candle teams, greeters, etc. Sign up sheets are the Knox Bulletin Board.
- WHITE GIFTS are being collected December 1-15th with items going to the Charles Street Men’s Shelter.
- GIFTS OF CHANGE – Global Partners have amazing Christmas gift ideas.
- WED@KNOX – Christmas lunch tickets are $12 (lunch is December 11th)
Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister at Knox
A Message from Hugh Donnelly:
Linda, Brooke and I have continued to share leadership responsibilities at Knox. We are working well as a team! My plan from the start has been that I will participate in worship each week, preaching alternate Sundays. Either Brooke or Linda will participate and each will preach once a month. Our hope is that this plan will provide both continuity and variety in worship.
Plans for Advent and Christmas are progressing, including the Longest Night and Christmas Eve. Linda has been hard at work putting together the pageant, which will be held on December 8th. (I will, regretfully, be absent for the pageant on December 8 due to a long-standing previous commitment: officiating at a wedding in warmer climes…)
I continue to enjoy settling into life in Waterloo, and, more particularly, life at Knox Church!