I love reading all of your posts. :D I personally think it would be disrespectful to knit in church. I was also raised in a stricter environment and was taught to be quiet and listen to the sermon.
I couldn't even begin to imagine trying to knit during a sermon. From how I was raised, that thought just doesn't make any sense to me.
Now on the knitting side of my brain
it makes all the sense in the world, but I personally wouldn't be able to hear all of the sermon because I consentrate to hard on what I'm doing. I'd make a big mess of my work if I attempted that, but if your minister says its fine then more power to ya!!