SUNDAY WORSHIP & COMMUNION
Christmas is 12 days long, beginning on Christmas Day and ending on January 5th. The following day, January 6th, is the Day of Epiphany. Epiphany is a Greek word which means manifestation or appearance. It is a day which invites the church to wonder how the birth of Jesus may be seen as the manifestation of God. What is incarnation? How is Jesus an expression of the nature of God? How is God’s-self made manifest in the world today? These are Epiphany questions. The image of light is frequently used as an Epiphany metaphor: God appears (shines) and make the sacred presence known in the world.
Because Epiphany Day rarely falls on a Sunday, Knox will be marking Epiphany in worship this coming Sunday, January 3rd. We will hear one of the traditional Epiphany stories, the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2: 1-12). In this narrative, exotic visitors recognize Jesus as a manifestation of God and respond by giving gifts. You can find the lectionary readings at this site, including a beautiful light-filled poem by Isaiah which will also be read on Sunday (Isaiah 60: 1-6).
The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated as we mark the end of one church season and the beginning of another. Have some food and drink nearby!
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OFFERINGS TO KNOX
To be credited to the 2020 tax year, offerings to Knox must be received before 12 noon on Thursday, December 31.
Offering envelopes are available. Contact the office to make arrangements for pick-up. 519-886-4150.
We are grateful for the congregation’s generous response this year in giving their time, talents and treasures even amidst the unprecedented times of our current global pandemic. So many have gone above and beyond to ensure that ministry continues in and through Knox Waterloo. Typically, between 15-20% of our yearly offerings come in during the month of December. Our 2020 annual budget was developed based on this assumption, which represents approximately twice the regular monthly donation amount in December. In 2020, significant revenue from building and parking lot rentals was lost due to COVID-19 cancellations. Therefore, it is hoped that this appeal for stewardship through monetary donations will support Knox’s ministry into 2021 and beyond. We invite everyone to respond generously to the gift of new life given to us through the birth of the Christ-child.
Where has the Spirit of God become manifest in your life today? Epiphany is an invitation to keep your heart open to even subtle appearances of God’s grace.
Rev. Hugh Donnelly
Lead Minister at Knox Waterloo