Reverend Michael Knight, Celebrant, preacher, and our Sunday Missioner Extended
On Saturday at 5PM & Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM, we welcome the Reverend Michael Knight, Celebrant, preacher, and our Sunday Missioner Extended for our LiveStream Services. Reverend Knight is a Retired priest of the Diocese of Pennsylvania who served at several local churches as Rector. He is blessed to be with us for our Livestream services. Father Michael Knight comes to the Chapel after a long career as a priest of the Diocese of Pennsylvania having served parishes in Upper Darby, Chester, West Chester and Norwood. He graduated from the former Philadelphia Divinity School and pursued doctoral studies at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary specializing in the teaching values of the Baptismal Covenant. His leadership in our diocese has included two terms as Dean, five terms on Diocesan Council, Chair of the Program Budget Committee, and on Diocesan committees including Stewardship, Spiritual Growth, Renewal Evangelism and Church Growth, Long Range Planning, Venture in Mission, and the Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Concerns. His community involvements include board leadership for Foster Grandparents, a Community Nursing Association, and a private school.
He has three grown children, five grandchildren. He and his bride, Jan, (both widowed) have been married five years and make their home in Glen Mills. In retirement he volunteers as a Joiner/Millwright at the 1704 Newlin Grist Mill helping build a replacement wooden water wheel using 18th Century tools and methods. He is a Vietnam veteran and Agent Orange cancer survivor and retired as commander of the NJANG’s 170th Security Police Flight in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.
WEEKLY SERVICE NOTES FROM FATHER KNIGHT
“I Will Refresh You… For My Yoke Is Easy And My Burden Is Light!”
I’ve just gotten off the weekly Zoom gathering of the clergy and our bishop. His direction is the churches of the Diocese of Pennsylvania will not go “Green” until 1 August, providing the numbers improve significantly.
Jesus invites us, weary and burdened though we are, to come to him for promised refreshment. It is not just the refreshment of a moment’s respite from heat and heavy work, important as that is. The “Re-fresh-ment” Jesus promises is the promise of a fresh new start, no matter how many times we’ve been here before. “My yoke is easy…” shows us that Jesus’s fresh start is not a call to leisure but to face challenges to be overcome. Some may in fact be the same challenges that have brought us to today, but now easier because of the yoke itself.
Have you ever seen an ox pulling contest? There’s no way any ox could move the huge boulder without the stone boat, the chain and the yoke to push against. To pick it up and carry it is beyond the ox’s strength much less the dexterity limitations of its hooves, horns and snout! And, the yoke Jesus envisions is most certainly a double yoke, not the single yoke of an ox pull. In other words, in Jesus our burdens are always shared. Ask me sometime about what Jesus meant when he used “yoke” as an active verb, not the static noun we picture in this passage.
See you on Sunday’s livestream. You don’t need to be on FaceBook to take part.
Father Michael Knight
Sunday Missioner Extended