Morning Reflection:  “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”                                                           Fred Rogers

Entry of the Bible

Call to Worship:

Leader: At this time of year, when the days are shorter, and the nights are long – sadness can sometimes weigh heavy upon us.

People: We search for hope and we long for love.

Leader: In this Christmas season, let us be part of sharing God’s love with our neighbours.

People: We look forward to the promise of justice and kindness which the Christ child brings to the world!

Hymn 168 See amid the winter’s snow”

Opening Prayer

Peace Invocation: “Shalom”

Passing the Peace
(We share a sign of Peace with one another.)

Musical Reflection   He Is the Gift – S. Edwards
soloist:  Ayshia Bailie

Welcome & Announcements – Deb Schlichter

Hymn 169 vs. 1 & 2 “He is born! Now the child has come!”

Time with the Children “Who am I?”

Hymn 169 vs. 3 & 4 “He is born! Now the child has come!”

Presentation of our offering:

Offertory:  Gesu Bambino – Pietro Yon
soloist: Jake Villeneuve

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

For the life that you have given,
For the love in Christ made known,
With these fruits of time and labour,
With these gifts that are your own:

Here we offer, Lord, our praises;
Heart and mind and strength we bring;
Give us grace to love and serve you,
Living what we pray and sing.

Prayer of Dedication

Scripture Reading – Luke 1:39-56     Deb Schlichter

Hymn 143 “Infant holy, infant lowly”

Sermon: A song of promise

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Hymn 145 “In the bleak mid-winter”


Choral Closing “Walk with me”

Walk with me, I will walk with you;
And build the land that God has planned
Where love shines through.

Today we welcome the Rev. Mark Gedcke as our guest preacher. Mark is a Minister in Association here at Knox. As a Presbyterian minister, Mark served at churches in London, Kitchener and Stratford. Mark also has an MA in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist. In October 2018 Mark began as a full-time counsellor at Shalom Counselling Services on Erb Street in Waterloo.

A heart felt thanks to all at Knox who so willingly gave their gifts and talents and time to our Advent and Christmas season. Once again the Children’s Christmas Pageant, the Children and Youth LOGOS service, the LOGOS and Wednesday at Knox turkey dinners, Christmas singalongs, Junior High and Senior High Christmas parties, the Choir’s Cantata “JOY”, the Staff’s Christmas luncheon for our key volunteers, the Lessons and Carols (with university students reading and Full House Brass), and lighting the Candles provided the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love we declare at Advent. Thank you to those who supported the Global Partners’ Gifts of Change (for Presbyterian Service and Development), the Senior High poinsettia sale (to provide dinner at Ray of Hope), the Junior High cookie/brownie jar sales (to provide toys for Toy Mountain), and our White Gifts (for the Charles Street Men’s Shelter). Thank you to the children who made cards and those who delivered poinsettias for the pastoral care team. And finally, thank you for your support and help for the Longest Night Service and our four Christmas Eve Services. Whether you provided music, read, lit a candle, welcomed or greeted or ushered; ran sound, live streaming or multimedia – your gracious hospitality has been a vital part of what Advent and Christmas has become here at Knox. Wishing each and everyone a very Happy New Year!

Welcome Desk: Eleanor Larter & Gloria Roberts
Greeter: Gordon Coyne
Ushers: John & Judy McBride, Lucas Britto, Bob Reichard, Ron & Judy Charie
Radio/Sound: Dan Corrigan
Broadcast: Stephen Kauk
Multimedia: Andrew Church
Giving Table: Ken Vander Vleuten
Hospital Visitor: Sharon Feldmann
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, 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.