The month of June has arrived, and we are now in our 12th week of self-isolating as our province, our country and indeed our world continues to struggle with the spread of Covid-19.

June is Pride Month, a month-long celebration for the LGBTQI+ Community and Allies; an opportunity to focus on equality, dignity and justice, to celebrate pride, to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the LGBTQI+ community. Our Knox Inclusion Committee had been planning Affirm 3 for this Saturday, June 6th. While we have had to cancel, our hope is to host the Affirm event next June when the PCC General Assembly comes back to Laurier.

The terrible acts of anti-black racism over the past week in North America have reminded us once again of systemic racism that brings deep pain and grief to many. Members of Black, Indigenous, and other communities regularly experience incidents of aggression, discrimination and even violence. As a congregation dedicated to inclusion in all areas, we condemn discriminatory actions and attitudes.

This Sunday, June 7th we gather at the table of the Lord to celebrate Communion. When you join us for worship through the radio or live streaming, please bring elements for communion with you and we will partake together.  Gratitude will be expressed by Ellen and Mike Yessis, Molly Guse will sing “Oceans; where feet may fail” from home, Mary-Catherine Pazzano will sing “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson and the sermon “A song in three parts” is based on Matthew 28:16-20.

Just a reminder that our services can also be found on YouTube. Just click the “Watch and Listen” box on our church homepage.

Our Daily Bread devotionals can be picked up at the church. Ruth/Charlene have  placed them in our mailbox outside by the front door for you to pick up.

Carole Clyde-Ellis is sending two good links about talking to your children about racism to our church families. If you would like to see it, please email her at Carole@knoxwaterloo.ca. Also, if you have a child graduating from grade 6,8 or 12 this year, please make sure that Carole has your child’s photo and information. Next Sunday, we will be celebrating Milestone Sunday and want to highlight the youth.

In his ministry, Jesus recognized the dignity of all people and spoke openly against the systems of oppression which denied such dignity. We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

In Christ,

Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister at KnoxWaterloo