Candles will be lit and placed on the communion table during the Longest Night service on December 21st. If you would like to have a candle lit for you during the service, drop Hugh an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to explain what your candle symbolizes, and names will not be used during the lighting. May it bring you some comfort and peace simply to know that one of the candles will be yours.
This Sunday we will enjoy the Christmas Pageant! The children and youth of the Church School and LOGOS have worked hard to put a video pageant together. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this joyful retelling of the Christmas story.
We will light the Candle of Joy on our Advent wreath.
Dave Dougall will play by Jesu Meine Freude by J.S.Bach on organ.
Livestream the service here: https://watch.nowmediaservices.com/knoxwaterloo
Listen by radio on the FM dial at 98.5 CKWR.
Knox YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4TPrWnvz4luhVquJR0nzw
Weekly Online Advent Conversation (on Zoom)
Courtney invites you to join her for a weekly online Advent Conversation on Zoom as we journey through Advent. The conversation will be based on the Advent worship services & the “Those Who Dream Advent Devotional.” Two time slots are offered per week: Sundays at 1pm (Dec 13th, Dec 20th) and Wednesdays at 11am (16th, 23rd). Register using the following links:
Cards of Care
Thank you to the children and youth (and a grandmother!) who created more than enough beautiful cards for the Pastoral Care Team to deliver. Knox is blessed to have people who use their talents to reach out to those in our midst who need an extra message of love this season. Special thanks to Helen Fagan for coordinating this initiative.
A Message from Cairn Camps
“With the support of our extended camp community, Cairn Camps will be raising money for our Campership Fund, as we believe that household income should not stop children from experiencing the transformative experience of summer camp. As we plan for summer 2021, we know that COVID-19 has placed a significant financial burden on families, and we anticipate that there will be a greater need to help cover the cost of camp registration fees.
We ask you to join us this December by making a donation to the Cairn Campership Fund to Give the Gift of Camp this holiday season.”
On December 21, the longest night of the year, Knoxwill host a quiet service of prayer and reflection. For some of us, this past year has been a time of much pain: we have lost hopes, dreams, our health, and even people we love. Some of us have also felt deep pain at the continued presence of racist structures and behaviours in a society which needs healing. We offer all of this pain to God, praying for peace. Our guest speaker, Adele Halliday, is an elder at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Humber Heights, Toronto, and works as an Anti-Racism and Equity Officer within The United Church of Canada. Join us on December 21,7:30PM. The service will be livestreamed and will be broadcast on 98.5 CKWR radio. Here is link to an article Adele wrote: https://united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/speaking-darkness-advent
Email Hugh email@example.com if you would like to have a candle lit for you during the service.
Community Care & Prayer
We are saddened to announce the death of Wanda Seibel on December 7. Funeral will take place this Saturday, December 12th at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens, Breslau. Service will be led by Rev. Linda Ashfield and will be livestreamed: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/memory
In the life of the church, it is a fact that typically between 15%-20% of the entire budget is received during the month of December. Knox relies heavily on the generous donations that are traditionally made at this time of the year.
Especially since March, many have collectively contributed thousands of volunteer hours to sustain programs, worship, and care for all. These gifts of time and talent are in addition to their regular givings. As COVID has impacted the community and individuals, we hope that you will prayerfully discern if it is possible for you to give generously so that Knox can continue to minister to those who need it now more than ever.
“It is my prayer that we can move beyond simple definitions of darkness as bad and light as good. Let us search for those scriptures that speak of darkness as goodness and as a comfort. And, through our faithful efforts, may all people enter into a fuller image of the Christ whose coming we prepare for during the Season of Advent.”
— Adele Halliday, guest speaker for the Longest Night
Rev. Hugh Donnelly
Lead Minister at Knox Waterloo