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  • History Bite - Baptismal Font and Memorial Tablet
    and Guelph Streets where our Cenotaph originally stood having been dedicated only two years prior Following that served Knox filled up for a special memorial service of its own Dedicated and used for the first time that morning was the beautiful oak baptismal font that we still use today It was donated by Mr Ross Cameron in memory of his father The Reverend Robert Fleming Cameron and his wife Margaret Rev Cameron had come to Knox in 1904 and ministered here until his death in 1924 a much loved and honoured minister After the presentation by his son it was dedicated by the then minister of the day Reverend Kenneth MacLean Following the dedication the sacrament of holy baptism was observed and four little boys were baptised George Taylor Fellowes Walter Robert Lawson Alexander Thomas Edward Bruntonand Douglas Robinson Marshall In the 1928 newspaper the font was described as an object of ecclesiastical furniture necessary for the work of the church handsome in design beautiful in workmanship and representing the latest thought in font construction still a beautiful piece of our heritage to be exceptionally proud of In those days Reverend Cameron would lead an adult Bible class on a Sunday morning conduct the morning worship service here and then walk to and from Limehouse to conduct their afternoon service He was much in demand as an anniversary preacher he was Chairman of the Georgetown High School a member of the Senate of Knox College and Moderator of the Toronto Presbytery He was the only minister to die while he was serving our church and it was quite a shock to the congregation When he first took ill it was expected he would fully recover but as the local newspaper reported in his obituary The pitcher however had gone too

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  • Vision/Mission Statement
    Presbyterian Church exists to glorify God by encouraging people in the congregation the community and throughout the world to love God nurture their faith and care for others OBJECTIVES ENCOURAGING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH OF PEOPLE In The CONGREGATION through VITAL WORSHIP demonstrating the presence and power of God TRUE FELLOWSHIP founded on significant and meaningful relationships BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION DISCIPLESHIP grounded on biblical theology PASTORAL CARE SHEPHERDING directed to the needs

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  • Called to Covenant I - February 22, 2015
    already spent it when said money won t be coming in for another couple of months It s a contract and an agreement sealed with words handshakes and a signature A covenant though is an even higher level promise usually with even more elaborate rituals and ceremony than the mere shaking of hands and signing of names to a document I ve performed a lot of weddings since being ordained as a minister and have yet another one next month and as I say these are covenanting ceremonies At a wedding the couple who wishes to be joined as one new family unit gathers an officiant and several witnesses possibly a couple of hundred family members and friends and before God and the assembled witnesses hear a preamble about what marriage is and is not ask for God s blessing on their union swear vows to each other exchange tokens usually rings but not always sign official paperwork have their wedding officially pronounced remember to wed is a verb and go off and hold a celebration of the occasion with those gathered witnesses The only thing really missing from this covenant form in the old sense is the declaration of penalties if the covenant is broken by one side or another understandably we don t want to focus on those on a day of celebration but they are usually quite well understood by those who enter into the marriage relationship A covenant like one struck between a married couple isn t supposed to end except in the death of one partner and one of the reasons we wear wedding rings is to show both others and ourselves that we are taken in a covenant relationship I read a story once about a bride who was trying to figure out what to have engraved in the groom s wedding band something special and yet very meaningful her maid of honour thought for a moment then suggested that it say Put It Back On In almost nineteen years I ve had this ring off for a total of probably less than 7 days It marks the covenant that exists between me and Kathy and reminds us both of the promises that I made to her and she to me Here s the twist when we turn to the Scriptures though a marriage covenant today is made between relative equals most of the covenants that our Scriptures will be talking about over the next few weeks are between decidedly un equal partners because God Himself is part of the equation Consider Noah Setting aside the whole issue of whether or not the story really happened this way or if it was just an old tale given a Hebraic twist it was important enough to be considered Scripture It was a story about a covenant struck between God and His people that His people had no real part in and could only accept Think about what was read no terms were laid upon Noah

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  • Knox Presbyterian Church
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    Original URL path: http://www.knoxgeorgetown.ca/dev/index.php?view=article&catid=40%3Asermons&id=689%3Acontainment-breach-february-15-2015&format=pdf&option=com_content&Itemid=80 (2016-02-13)
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  • Containment Breach! - February 15, 2015
    live our lives out here Come on up to the Temple and shout your prayers He ll hear you from back there Can t have God out here oh no Hide Him behind a curtain Hide Him behind rules God will smite you if you carry a birthday present to your mother and it falls on a Sabbath day Hide him push Him behind glorious walls but walls nonetheless As Christians we can be no better I think that we have hidden God in some of the very things He has tried to use to reveal Himself We ve hidden Him in communion elements in the argument over holy wafer versus Wonder bread or whatever s in between in whether it should be wine or grape juice in the chalice and of course our Salvation Army cousins don t celebrate communion at all because to use wine as Christ did when attempting to reach out to winos in the streets would have been somewhat counterproductive I talked a few weeks ago about the waters of baptism and how the Catholics prepare their holy water we see nothing magical in the water we use and the Baptists fall in between We ve hidden God in the waters of Baptism as churches congregations and denominations have split split and re split over arguments about these two basic things again and again and again And the Bible Whoof There are over a hundred translations of the Biblical text into English alone The most popular version for more than three hundred years was the one authorized by King James Not as some have tried to insist authorized by God It was first published in 1611 and given its first revision in 1614 and believe it or not has been revised dozens of times in its printing history most often by the printers themselves as things like spelling punctuation and grammar changed and became standardized I still remember how one of the first things I encountered on the Internet away back there in 1994 was a Usenet argument about using the King James as the only acceptable translation of the Bible and someone actually came right out to say If you don t read from the King James Version only you re not a Christian So aside from the question of which printing edition of the KJV is preferred there are those who have taken all possible revelation about God and have jammed it down into this one box To them this is the genie s bottle this is where God is and from whence God speaks and literally to hell with you if you say otherwise It s no wonder that American writers and philosophers like Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson became Deists they said We fully believe in God We fully believe that there is only one God We accept that God is a God of beauty and love We accept that the world around us the Creation testifies to God s majesty

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  • To See And Be Seen - Jan 19
    whose aspirations in life probably began and ended with the daily catch upon the Sea of Galilee Peter would become an extraordinarily prominent figure in the early Church left by Jesus to carry on with the legacy and the teachings of the three years of Jesus earthly ministry Along the way he would find himself running up against the criticisms of many such as the Jews who just wanted the Christians to go away and the Christians who felt that you had to be a Jew first before you could even think about being a Christian He squabbled at least once with Paul who saw the Christian message as a gift to the whole world and thus had to push beyond his own mind s limitations regarding who could and couldn t be a follower of Christ Tradition says that he was executed on the orders of Nero and that he was to be crucified as Christ was crucified however he asked to be crucified upside down feeling himself unworthy to share in the exact same fate as his master But Peter had had troubles all along hadn t he He knew that he was a sinful man and unworthy to be in the presence of God s anointed and yet Jesus lifted him up and said to him Follow me and you ll fish for people He jumped out of the boat as an expression of faith which worked wonderfully right up to the point where he saw the wind and the waves and his mind said Hey wait a minute what are you doing His mouth got them best of him up on the mountain and he wanted to somehow preserve the moment of Jesus transfiguration and then again down in the valley when Jesus started to talk about dying about being killed and Peter tried to say Ain t gonna let that happen Even if everyone else runs away from you I will follow you to the end he said and then as soon as someone recognized him and said You were with Him Peter was saying I didn t even know Him There s a word for people who say one thing and then are seen doing another and that word is hypocrite At first the word wasn t such a bad thing as it referred to ancient Greek actors who would take on a role to present to an audience Each character had a mask that was put over the face and if a certain actor had several roles they would shift between these masks to emphasize that they were now this person now that person now that other one and so on and so forth From the 4 th century BC however there is recorded for posterity a screed against a certain man whose early life had revolved around acting and as he sought to enter the world of politics one of his rivals blared that this man was used to wearing whatever face was necessary to please a crowd how therefore could he be trusted to actually be acting in the best interests of his constituents Following this time being a hypocrite was pretty much defined as putting on a false face to mask the real one as being something underneath that didn t match what showed out to the rest of the world Interestingly as much as we may disparage such things many of us live this way day in and day out we have a public face or appearance that doesn t quite match up with what s inside with what s really down in our hearts I ll give you a very personal example many years ago in my first or second year of undergraduate studies a friend of mine accused me outright one day of being a fake essentially a hypocrite I tried to protest and argue with her but I knew the moment she said it that she was right She gave me some examples in that she said that I was capable of being a nerd with the other nerds could talk music with the musicians history with the historians or I could be a foul mouthed slob if that was who happened to be in the Student Centre on a particular day It was the survival mechanism I had developed over the years to deal with the fact that I didn t really fit into many of the groups that had been in high school and now on campus in university She said she had gotten tired of having to guess who was going to show up every day and if we were going to be friends I was going to have to pick a face and stick with it As I remember it she said I think that somewhere in there a new good friend of mine exists but until you start taking off these masks you ve created for yourself I ll never find that friend Somehow I managed to do that and we remained friends throughout the four years we were at university together and still talk occasionally even today God of course sees right down to the heart of us He s not fooled or put off by what s on the outside He sees right down to our core right down to the centre of who and what we are and what He sees is a child of His worthy of love worthy of grace worthy of forgiveness and yet free to make the choice of being His or not His What He yearns for in the context of today s message is for the inside and the outside to match for people to see grace for people to see compassion for people to see love radiating out from us from those who call ourselves Christian and who want others to join us as we walk along this road Thing is many people today don t want to be seen as

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    stores on the Main Street four corners Early settlers brought their religions with them and slowly they also established their place in the new village replacing the dependency of the population on the occasional visitation of Saddlebag Preachers Read more History Bite Dec 1918 at Knox The Spanish Flu Only six months ago our world seemed pre occupied with the outbreak of the H1N1 flu and how it would affect our lives Thankfully at the moment at least that threat seems much less But I thought it a fitting time to tell you about a flu outbreak that really and truly did play a big part in the lives of the world of our town and how it affected the people here at Knox I am talking about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 Read more Celebration 150 The Earliest Ministers of Knox 150 Years of Enduring Faith In October 2010 we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the official formation of the congregation of Knox Presbyterian church in Georgetown and during those150 years we have had a total of only 18 ministers The first three were the leaders directly involved in the early formation of our church and oversaw the actual building of our foundations We remember their contributions given at a time when life was extremely difficult especially in terms of personal everyday living Read more History Bite Our Beginning 150 years ago in 1859 Georgetown was just a very small village Trafalgar Road was the main trade route north from Lake Ontario to Grey County and was a planked road The now highway 7 was also by then a planked road between York Toronto and Guelph with a toll at the top of the steep Silvercreek Hill The railway had come to town bringing with it increased

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