Tomorrow, June 20 5:44 pm EDT marks the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  The summer solstice, the longest day of sunlight in the year is still celebrated in many countries today. Many of us have visited buildings and pyramids and standing stones; constructions around the world (some dating from 3000 BC) that have been designed to align with the sun for this special day.

This Sunday, July 21 will be our first summer worship service. Jessy Ernewein will sing “O Happy Day” and Mary-Catherine Pazzano will sing “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. The sermon “Keep Calm and Carry On” is based on Isaiah 40:25-31 and Matthew 10:28-31.

This weekend was set aside to mark and celebrate our retirement (31 years at Knox; 41 years ordained) but like all festivals, parties, and celebrations this has been postponed. Sunday is also Father’s Day, a day that often includes backyard BBQ’s and picnics.

With summer and the slow but steady reopening from the pandemic shutdown, many are setting their sights on camping and the cottage and possibly even travelling for their summer holidays. Usually our church building is rented out all summer long (with children’s day camps). Sadly, all the children’s programs planned are now cancelled (including our own Vacation Bible Camp). This is a huge financial loss for Knox, and we will be relying on the financial support of our congregation and the friends of Knox over the summer. We hope you will be able to continue your support over these summer months.

Worship will be live streamed from the sanctuary every Sunday at 10 am. We are also live on the radio and services are posted on YouTube the following week.

I hope you have taken the time to read Brooke’s Generosity Blogs which are posted on our Knox Homepage. Brooke has continued to write them since the shut down and many of us have found them very inspirational. Please take the time to read them.

Wishing you all a happy summer weekend!

Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister at KnoxWaterloo