Preparation for Worship

What would it be like not to be fully seen as we are without judgement? The Samaritan woman helps us answer this. She meets Jesus, they talk, and they share stories.

When they part, there is transformation. The woman tells people about this amazing man she has met who has truly seen her, inside and out. Jesus tells the disciples that there is more work to do. Energy. Enthusiasm. Joy. This is what can happen when people are truly seen.
Ashley DeTar Birt Pastoral Fellow Rutgers Presbyterian New York, NY. – 2020

The Samaritan women’s witness is enough. It is invitational (come and see), not judgmental. It is honest. She conveys her willingness to let her hearers arrive at their own affirmations about Jesus. And they do: ‘This is indeed the Saviour of the world.’”
Fred Cradock – 1990


Entry of the Bible

Call to Worship – PWS&D insert

Hymn 574 “With the Lord as my guide”

Gathering Prayer – PWS&D insert, followed by Lord’s Prayer

Peace Invocation: “Shalom”

Assurance of God’s Grace

Passing the Peace – We share a sign of Peace (Please consider elbow bumps, or peace signs during COVID-19 concern)

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Children’s Time “Maple Syrup!”

Sunday School today: Exodus 17:1-7 “Unexpected Intimacy”
Next week: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 “Choosing with God”

Scripture: John 4:4-30, 39-42

Presentation of our offering:

Offertory  “The Gift of Love”  – Hal H. Hopson1972
Knox Chancel Choir

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

Prayer of Dedication (unison on screen)

Sermon:  Lonely in the Wilderness

Reflection – “Desert Alleluia” by Carol Ann Weaver

Hymn 671 “I heard the voice of Jesus say”


Closing song: “Walk with me”

Walk with me, I will walk with you;
And build the land that God has planned
Where love shines through.
Copyright 1988 Estate of John S. Rice #A713805


Welcome Desk: Nancy Holland and Gloria Roth
Greeter: Sharon Feldmann
Ushers: Gord & Judy Howes, Bruce & Sue Dickieson, Stuart & Susan McTavish
Radio/Sound: Joe Gordon
Broadcast: Stephen Kauk
Multimedia: David Matthews
Giving Table: Jennifer Yessis
Hospital Visitor: Kathy Kiggins
Refreshments: Janet Smith
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.