Wisdom for Thought:
“Advent is the time of promise; it is not yet the time of fulfillment. We are still in the midst of everything and in the logical inexorability and relentlessness of destiny.…Space is still filled with the noise of destruction and annihilation, the shouts of self-assurance and arrogance, the weeping of despair and helplessness. But round about the horizon the eternal realities stand silent in their age-old longing. There shines on them already the first mild light of the radiant fulfillment to come. From afar sound the first notes as of pipes and voices, not yet discernable as a song or melody. It is all far off still, and only just announced and foretold. But it is happening, today.”
Alfred Delp, Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944
Entry of the Bible
Call to Worship
Hymn 110“Come, thou long-expected Jesus”
Lighting of the Candle of Hope & Gathering Prayer (PWS&D Litany)
Junior High LOGOS: Molly Guse, Maeve Forde, Sara Rozomiak and Abbey McLean
Hymn #119 verse 1 “Hope is a star”
Assurance of God’s Grace
Peace Invocation: “Shalom”
Passing the Peace (We share a sign of Peace with one another.)
Musical Reflection “Where Two or Three are Gathered in My Name”
music by Bruce Harding
sung by Knox Chancel Choir
Life & Ministry of Knox Church
Time with the Children
Hymn #112 “Prepare the way of the Lord”
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:1-18
Presentation of our offering
Offertory: “Waiting, Wondering, Wandering”
Words and music Ruth Elaine Schram
Sung by Knox Chancel Choir
Hymn “For the life that you have given”
Prayer of Dedication
Sermon: “Get real”
Hymn 122 verses 1, 3, 5 “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel”
The Sacrament of Communion
Distribution of Bread & Cup
Communion Anthem “What Feast Will You Bring?”
words and music by Charles McCartha
sung by Knox Chancel Choir; flute – Carrie Kim
Hymn 122 verses 6, 7 “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel”
Choral Closing “Walk with me”
In grateful celebration of the graduation of his grandson, Nicholas Coupland, from Business School at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, a donation has been made by Gordon Coyne to our Music Ministries. In addition to his Buisness Degree, ‘Nick’ also earned a Certificate from the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Buisness Program.
Welcome Desk: Nancy Matthews & Nancy Holland
Greeters: Greg Smith
Ushers: Judy & John McBride, Wendy Garner, Dave Dougall, Dianne & John Linnerth
Radio/Sound: Jamie McManus
Broadcast: Stephen Kauk
Multimedia: Andrew Church
Giving Table: Sue Dickieson
Hospital Visitor: Ellen Yessis
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.