It is hard to believe that we are coming up to the Long Weekend in May – those few days that signify for us the beginning of the summer season. While we all knew that summer really hadn’t started, many of us would head up to the cottage, put in a garden, go camping, or perhaps do spring cleaning!

This Sunday at Knox we begin worship with a call to worship based on Psalm 66 “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth. Sing glory to God!” The scripture readings are Acts 17:22-24 and John 14:15-21 and the sermon title is: “Comfort for the journey”.  Thanks to the Gaudet family for their Generosity Video last Sunday; this week we hear from the Forde Family. Mary Catherine Pazzano will sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” AND there is a special presentation by the Knox Choir “Precious Lord, take my hand”. I just viewed the video that they put together and confess there were tears streaming down my face. So good to see their faces. So lovely to hear their voices – together! Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Looking forward to worshipping with you all.

This week (May 11-May 17) is “National Nursing Week” in Canada. The theme this year is “Nurses: A voice to lead – nursing the world to health”. Sadly, this was also the week in Canada where Covid-19 claimed the life of its first registered nurse, Brian Beattie from London, Ontario. In his message to nurses and midwives this week, our Prime Minister noted that “Canadian nurses have and continue to work tirelessly to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in Canada. We have witnessed a great deal of change throughout the pandemic, touching every aspect of Canadian society and life. Yet, what has not changed, is the care, compassion, and strength of our nurses. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, Canadian nurses have maintained the full confidence of Canadians. To nurses all across Canada, thank you.” KnoxWaterloo has nurses and midwives in our midst. Let us continue to pray for them, and if you can, send a note of support and thanks.

This Sunday is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Sadly, we have had to postpone our third and final Affirm event but hope to sponsor it next June when General Assembly (which has also been cancelled this year) comes back for their final meeting in Waterloo.

We have all been enjoying the wonderful music videos from home that have enhanced our time of worship together. Here is a note from Mary-Catherine: Do you play an instrument or sing? Were you unable to commit to weekly Thursday night choir practices, but see an opportunity to create music at your leisure from the comfort of your own home? Would you be interested in participating virtually in music worship at Knox? Please email Mary-Catherine at mc@knoxwaterloo.ca, outlining the instrument you play (or that you’d like to be marked down as a singer). MC will start assembling a list of people to call on for various virtual music projects at Knox (solos, duets, group projects). Don’t worry if you feel tech-challenged, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know! Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you!

Do you have children aged 6 and younger? Knox is offering an On-line Gathering for parents of young children on Saturday, May 23rdat 10 am for a short time of fellowship and information discussion about how we are all doing as parents with little ones during this pandemic. How can we support each other? Are there resources parents are looking for? How can your church help? How are you keeping God present in our homes and sharing faith with our little ones? If you are interested in participating, please let Carole@knoxwaterloo.ca know and she will email you the Zoom login information.

This week, we acknowledged that our Vacation Bible Camp (in July) will have to be cancelled. However, we have been meeting over zoom with our friends from Erb Street and Waterloo North Mennonite Churches having conversations about what we might be able to offer.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Peace and grace,

Rev. Linda Ashfield (Associate Minister at KnoxWaterloo)