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Love never risks being expressed as hatred, because it does not insist on its own way. Love celebrates the variety and diversity of creation.
Read the full blog in the Kairos spirited reflection.
and Easter Services
April 1 Maundy Thursday - Pre-recorded service available on our YouTube Channel at 6:30pm
April 2 Good Friday - Pre-recorded service, available on YouTube at 10:00am
April 4 Easter Sunday - live service with communion at 10:30am, also available via zoom or on YouTube. Please contact the Knox Office to attend the live (in-person) service, (we can have up to 25 people), or if you require the zoom link.
We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.
To access the link for our next online service, contact our office by clicking the button below.
We are also now offering in-person worship with masks not required, but recommended.
Our recent online services can be accessed through our Youtube channel: Knox Presbyterian Calgary by clicking the link below.
Children & Youth Education
Every member of our church family from newborn to elder is a valued part of our community. The church is one of the few places in our society where children can experience being in a multi-generational community. So many of our children’s activities are formed around peer age groups, but at church, children have the opportunity to have friends of all ages.
Some of the most wonderful friendships form as pre-schoolers adopt a new grandma or grandpa sitting in the pew beside them. There are no shortage of willing arms to hold a newborn, giving mom and dad a few minutes break.
In the nursery, parents of our pre-schoolers gather, share stories and support one another. Youth sit down and talk about their lives and hear the life-stories of seniors within the congregation. Together we are the family of God, where each person, young to old, has gifts to offer and receives care within this community of help, home and hope.
Our Sunday morning Children’s Worship programs run year-round from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and include:
Grade Kindergarten to Grade 4 group
Grade 5 and up group
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life!”
The authors of the bible and the participants in the stories often present only binary options. When it comes to faith, having faith, living by faith, many think it is a life or death matter. Indeed, how one lives is a matter of life and death. But what kind of life? What kind of death?
This binary understanding prevents any area between life and death, blessing and curse. The possibilities of indifference or zombie-like existence was not contemplated by the authors of the Bible. I don’t think that is because people weren’t indifferent but because, to the writers, life, and particularly, a life of faith was all important or not important at all. Either one is alive to the joy and vibrancy of life as a gift from a creator that is all loving and good, or one is not. Just to be is a blessing. From this perspective, the alternative of not understanding this is death.
The source of this binary either/or thinking is ancient. The book of Job – the oldest piece of writing in the Bible – struggles with the question of how a life that is full of tragedy be called or feel blessed? Hundreds of years later, the beatitudes also reflect this struggle. They call lives blessed that we rarely recognize as such. Blessed are the poor … Blessed are they that mourn … Blessed are the meek … Blessed are those who are persecuted … Life is blessed, not because of what we have or what has not happened to us, because god is present all around and within us. The goodness of life is the fundamental message of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures.
I hope you understand where and how god is present among us. Many wonderful things are happening here; there is life! Such activity is not simply a testament to what is doing among us, it is a testament of life. It is also an invitation to get involved, to find a place in the ministry that is developing and growing here. 2020, like the years before it, will bring many challenges and opportunities. Through it all, may we remember and live the ancient wisdom applied to our contemporary lives: choose life