- On December 20, 2020
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My hope is that you are having a good week! And that the anticipation of Christmas is filling you with Joy! … not anxiety – as we try to figure out how to celebrate Christmas in the midst of this pandemic!
Sunday Worship: Please use this link for today’s worship.
Fourth Advent Room opened (click here)!
Usually, todays service would involve a Christmas pageant with the children. In this spirit, we will have two young readers: Elizabeth Scott and Alex Best. We will also have Liam Best play two pieces on the piano – one mid way through the service, and another at the end! Each, in their own way, have added to the telling of the Christmas Story.
And … because I needed to add video pieces from a variety of different sources — you will need to adjust the volume on your computer a couple of times during the service.
Music for Worship
Today I will leave the selection of music to listen to as you engage worship up to you. Choose a hymn or two that represents for you the core meaning of the Christmas Story. Perhaps, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger or What Child is This? … will help you reflect upon the Christmas story this year.
I have also selected Dominick the Donkey: Lou Monte – (This will make sense after the reflection (or not!) My hope is that it will bring a smile to you as it does for me.
And … I have attached the story of the Littlest Christmas Tree by Red Skelton. This is one of the earliest Christmas stories that I remember hearing. And like the Christmas Story form the Bible and The Night Before Christmas it continues to resonate with me today.
Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D)
I have attached a link to PWS&D, the mission agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The advent liturgies that we use during worship have been prepared by this agency – and provide for us a way to reflect on the needs of our world as well as a way to respond. https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/
Please consider a donation to PWS&D by indicating for missions as part of your offering.
Christmas Eve Service
Knox 16 will host 3 services of worship on Christmas Eve: 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Attendance at worship will be by invitation only – to ensure that people are kept as safe as possible and that we are following strict Covid-19 protocols. If you wish to make a reservation, prior to the spaces being open to the wider public, please respond by Monday, December 14th (the congregation has been given the past three weeks to respond – and many have done so). Please contact Rev. Gushue or Brenda if you have questions or require additional information.
Other Worship Service
- December 27, 2020:There will be no service of worship (neither on-line or at the church)
- January 3, 2021: Worship will be available on-line only (there will not be public worship at the church)
- January 10, 2021:Worship will be on-line and will resume at the church