Thank you to those who, in addition to Knox staff, are participating in today’s service of worship and celebration: Elspeth Forde, Allyson McHardy, Rev. Mike Burns, Rev. Michelle Butterfield-Kocis, Rev. Reuben St. Louis, Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit, Tori Smit (Diaconal Minister).

Prelude                   

Call to Worship:

One: God of grace, we gather today from many different places,
ALL: celebrating our diversity.
One: God of grace, we gather today for many different reasons,
ALL: celebrating our connectedness.
One: May we open ourselves to you today,
ALL: that we may see how your Spirit comes to us your way to someone else.

Hymn 490 “God of grace, and God of glory” (vss. 1,4,5)

Gathering Prayer    Michelle Butterfield-Kocis

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: “Shalom”

May the peace of the Lord be with you
At home and in your heart
Shalom with you abide
through the day and night
Every day of your life.

Early Show with Elspeth

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Presentation of our offering:

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

Offertory: “What a Wonderful World” (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss)
Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

For the life that you have given,
For the love in Christ made known,
With these fruits of time and labour,
With these gifts that are your own:
Here we offer, Lord, our praises;
Heart and mind and strength we bring;
Give us grace to love and serve you,
Living what we pray and sing.

Prayer of Dedication

We have the means to give.
We have the reason to give.
Many are blessed when we give.

We are blessed when others give.
May we live and move in your realm of love,
where hope thrives,
and kindness is the air we breathe.
In the Spirit of Christ we pray, Amen.

Scripture: John 6:1-13                 

Hymn of the Month:  “He came down” (Trad. Cameroon, Arr. John Bell)

He came down that we may have love (x3)
Hallelujah, for ever more.   …peace…joy

Wondering…about how the Spirit comes to us on her way to someone else

Musical Reflection: “Amazing Grace” (John Newton)
Performed by Allyson McHardy

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Hope John-Peter & Tori Smit

Hymn #461  “Be thou my vision” (vss. 1,2,4,5)

Benediction

Choral Closing “Walk with me”
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