Prelude

Call to Worship

One: Today is a new day.
All: New life is rising among us!
One: Today we are challenged to live fully in God’s love.
All: So we will greet one another in peace, and praise the God who uplifts us in grace. Alleluia! Amen!

Hymn 267  “Rejoice, the Lord is King”

Gathering Prayer – followed by Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”

Fun with the Young at Heart

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Gratitude Video – Bovas and Annamma Abraham

Presentation of our offering:

Offerings may be given in prayer and service and with financial gifts…
Ways to Give to Knox

Offertory “Through It All” (Andrae Crouch)
Performed by Mark Gedcke

Hymn “Praise God”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low.
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word and Spirit: One.

Prayer of Dedication

Lord, by offering these gifts
we tell your story:
how you have dealt generously with us,
how you have met the needs of all creation,
how you have heard our prayers,
how your goodness is from everlasting to everlasting.
We give freely, in the spirit of Christ, Amen.

Scripture:

Acts 1:1-11

Song:  “We walk in love”
(Words by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon, Music by Deanna Witkowski)

We walk in love united in purpose.
We join our hands and lift up one voice.
We speak the truth with strength and compassion
resounding with hope, with courage and joy.
We cry for peace and rights for all people.
We welcome friends from far and near.
We fight for those whose voices are silenced,
resisting in faith until all are free.
We dream a world of justice and kindness.
We build a bridge creating new paths.
We march with joy as all walk together.
Embracing each one, we boldly stand.

Sermon:  “Not here”

Musical Reflection: Simple Song (Leonard Bernstein)
Performed by MC Pazzano

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Hymn 792 “Let us hope when hope seems hopeless”

Benediction

Choral Closing “Walk with me”