Sunday Worship in the Knox Building:
The Knox COVID Health & Safety Team has been meeting weekly. Although the Government of Ontario has announced that places of worship are permitted to open to limited capacity, Knox is taking a safe and cautious approach to reopening. At present, the plan is to have the building ready to receive Sunday morning worshippers in early September. Details on reopening will be communicated to the congregation well in advance of the reopening date.
Meanwhile we continue to gather for worship virtually on CKWR 98.5FM radio, or via livestream. We hope you are passing on the good news of our live streamed service, as some congregations are not able to offer Sunday worship this way. You can also watch and worship later on the YouTube Channel.
This Sunday, June 28th the sermon “A cup of cold water” is based on Matthew 10: 40-42. We’ll be singing Hymn 702 “Dear Christ, uplifted from the earth” and Hymn 632 “Help us accept each other” as well as our Hymn of the Month “I lift my voice”. Jotham Sennema will be performing “Allegretto” (Fernando Sor) during the time of offering and Mary-Catherine Pazzano will sing “Love is Love is Love is Love” by Abbie Betinis.
This Sunday many Knox members, adherents and friends would have been travelling to Toronto to participate in the Annual Toronto Pride Parade which is one of the most celebrated Pride events in the whole of North America, attracting an estimate 1.2 million spectators each year. It is a great honour to walk in the parade proclaiming that God’s Love is for Everyone. June is still Pride Month but all in person events are cancelled due to the pandemic.
Presbyterian Event “Embodied: A Service of Worship Celebrating Pride”:
The Presbyterian Group Re:animate in partnership with Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church (where Reuben St. Louis is minister) are sponsoring an online worship service tonight, Friday, June 26th at 7:30 pm. Join us by registering via Zoom. There will be music, prayers, a sermon and communion.
The search for an Associate Minister at Knox is progressing well. This weekend, the Search Committee will be undertaking a second round of interviews with candidates. Please pray for the Committee as they make decisions which will help shape the future of Knox.
Brightening Our Future Campaign Celebration – July 12:
A little over three years ago, the Brightening Our Future stewardship campaign began. Brightening Our Future was intended to help Knox accelerate the retirement of capital debt (our mortgage). The campaign is coming to an end, and we have planned a short celebration following worship on July 12th to mark its conclusion. Please join us in this livestream as we give thanks to God and all those who have participated over the years. We are all grateful for the ways in which this campaign has improved our church finances for the benefit of our congregation’s ministry. If you still want to give to “Brightening our Future” please contact Ruth Song at the church office.
Ashfield Retirement Celebration – September 27:
Mark September 27th on your calendars! A virtual party to mark Linda and Brooke’s retirement will be held after morning worship. Details will follow. Our official retirement date is October 1, but accumulated vacation and study leave time means that the Ashfield’s last Sundays are: Brooke and Linda together on July 26th, Brooke by himself on August 2, and Linda on August 9.
Brooke has done a wonderful job of writing about Generosity for some time now. Weekly inserts were prepared for the bulletin and each week they were posted on our Church website. Brooke continued to write even after the building was closed for worship, and Trevor added them each week to our Knox website.
While Brooke will no longer be writing them, I hope you will access the ones you have not read and use them as a weekly devotional reading. Thanks, Brooke, for all your work on these and your words that encourage us all to grow in generosity.
May we continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in our world today. May we follow God who proclaims justice and the Spirit who leads and encourages us. In prayer we say Black Lives Matter and that our LGBTQIA+ siblings are made in God’s image. Let us continue our commitment to the ministry of reconciliation that God calls us to.
Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister at KnoxWaterloo