Daily Devotionals – Sunday May 17th – Saturday May 23rd
While the last eight weeks have been filled with sadness, uncertainty and change. So, also, we have seen creativity blossom around us and within us. Covid 19 has encouraged people to hone their baking skills, to try gardening, to experiment with new sewing and woodworking projects and even to try cutting or colouring their own hair! Medical authorities, government officials and business owners have all moved rapidly to solve new problems and create new possibilities even in the midst of this global pandemic. Our scriptures, prayers and images this week all highlight creativity and remind us that creativity is a gift from God. Our prayer requests focus on those who continue to creatively lead our country and community, along with specific prayers for people in our congregation, as well as praying our way through the church directory.
Artwork by one of the members of our Sunday School, Amy (aged 9 years) —
mailed to the church several weeks into the state of emergency
Sunday May 17th
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Prayer: Bless to us, O God, the moon that is above us,
The earth that is beneath us, the friends that are around us,
Your image deep within us. Amen (from the Iona Community)
Please Pray for:
- The loved ones of those who died in the senseless act of terrorism at a maternity hospital in Kabul last week.
- Ken Bocking, following the loss of his father
- The following members and friends of Knox: Dorothy Steven and family, Nan Steven, Doug and Jean Marie Steward, The Stortz family.
Monday May 18th
Scripture: Ephesians 5:16-20 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: God of grace, you know when I am hanging on by a thread.
You know me better even than I know myself.
Help me to rest in that truth.
Help me to allow your Spirit to work in my life.
Help me to take one day at a time. Amen.
Donna Ellis, sewing cloth masks
for “Operation Cover Up”
Please Pray for:
- Our provincial government as they continue to make difficult decisions about re-opening our province
- Ron Manchen, as he recovers from surgery
- The following friends and members of Knox: Laurie Szymansky, Paul and Bonnie Tait, Jack and Jane AnnTasker, Janet Taylor, Peter and Mary Taylor and family.
Tuesday May 19th
Scripture: Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Prayer: Holy God, you call us this day to a life of joy. With you, joy cracks through the bonds of despair. With you, joy bursts forth from moments of quiet pleasure. With you, joy gilds the edges of even ordinary days. God of all time and place, this is the day you have made, help me to rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.
Please Pray for:
- Those who work in our local hospital, as doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff
- Johanna Van Wyk, as she recovers from surgery
- The following friends and members of Knox: Dana Thibaudeau, Dave and Sylvia Thomas, Grace Thomas, Wendy Thomson, Mark and Beverly Tinlin.
Maria and Warren letting their creativity out with some playdough.
Wednesday May 20th
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
George Leverton crafting birdhouses for a future
Knox Tartan Bazaar.
Prayer: O Christ, The Master Carpenter,
who at the last through wood and nails,
purchased our salvation,
wield well your tools in the workshop of the world,
so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench,
may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.
We ask this for your name and for your sake.
Amen. – From the Iona Community, Scotland
Please Pray for:
- Local business owners and staff as they seek creative and safe ways to operate
- Recent graduates from university/college who are looking for employment
- The following friends and members of Knox: Janice Todd, Linda Todd, Anna Maria Tolygyes, Barb Tunks.
Thursday May 21st
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17- 20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Kathy Kestle’s family, getting creative
to nurture some newborn kittens
in the midst of Covid 19.
Bless to us, O God, our souls that come from on high
Bless to us, O God, our bodies that are of the earth.
Bless to us, O God, each thing our eyes see.
Bless to us, O God, each sound our ears hear.
Bless to us, O God, each odour that goes to our nostrils
Bless to us, O God, each taste that goes to our lips,
Each note that goes to our song,
Each ray that guides our way,
(A prayer of St. Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland, 451-525)
Please Pray for:
- All of those who live alone, and feel isolated
- Brian and Kathy Lyle and family, following the loss of Kathy’s mom.
- The following members and friends of Knox: Sandra Vanderveen, Gary and Marilyn Van Doorn, Johanna Van Wyk, Mia Vandenhazel.
Friday May 22nd
Scripture: Acts 16:11-15 The Conversion of Lydia On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Prayer: Colourful Creator, God of mystery, thank you for the artists who teach us to see glimpses of the meaning of the commonplace, visions of the holy in each human face. Amen.
Please Pray for:
- Our Sister churches in St. Thomas
- Those who have recently received a diagnosis of cancer
- The following members and friends of Knox: Peter and Sylvia Vanderkooy, Hans Vanderveen, Bill and Liz Vanzanden, Charles and Tracy Vervaeke.
Gail McHardy Leitch with her newly completed Snowflake quilt!
Saturday May 23rd
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Prayer: Blessed are You, Lord God, creator of the universe.
You are the giver and sustainer of life, bringing forth the fruits of the earth to feed and nourish Your people. We cultivate the land and sow the seed, but you alone, Lord, can give the growth.
Let Your blessing lie upon our land, bringing gentle rains and ripening sun, birthing healing and hope.
Give us the grace to use Your gifts well. that the poor may be fed and the hungry filled with good things. Then and always shall we give You glory, Creator of all. Amen.
Allison Bell, making homemade bread.
Please Pray for:
- The indigenous communities in Canada as they navigate Covid 19
- All families who are currently fostering children
- The following members and friends of Knox: Don and Beth Vicary, Shirley Voijin, Pete and Anne Voskamp, Gord and Brenda Walden.