September 17, 2023
Sundady Worship Service
September 3, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 3 Sep 2023
August 27, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 27 Aug 2023"The Lesson is Inclusion" - The Sneetches
August 20, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 20 Aug 2023"No Mess is too big for God" - The Cat in the Hat
August 6, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 6 Aug 2023"Listening With God's Heart" - Horton Hears a Who!
July 30, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 30 Jul 2023"The Magician" - I am Max
July 23, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 23 Jul 2023"Multicultural Hospitality" - Come on Over to My House, Come on Over to Play
July 9, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 9 Jul 2023"A Dog Party in Heaven" - Go, Dog, Go
July 2, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 2 Jul 2023"Is Your Bed too Short" - One fish two fish red fish blue fish
June 25, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 25 Jun 2023"I'm Right, You're Wrong! No, I'm Right, You're Wrong" - The Butter Battle Book
June 18, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 18 Jun 2023"A Coin from a Fish? How Can That Be?" - Hop on Pop
June 11, 2023
Sunday Worship Service - 11 Jun 2023"Not Today, Satan!" - Fox in Socks
March 26, 2023
Some Voices WithinSome Voices Within John Knox Presbyterian Church 3/26/2023 Rev. Beth Wagner
March 19, 2023
The Power of HealingThe Power of Healing 3/19/2023 Lisa Crismore
March 12, 2023
Finding a WordFinding a Word John Knox Presbyterian Church Rev. Beth Wagner
March 5, 2023
Finding Our BreathFinding Our Breath 03/05/2023 John Knox Presbyterian Church Rev. Beth Wagner
February 26, 2023
Listening SpacesListening Spaces Rev. Beth Wagner John Knox Presbyterian Church 2/26/2023
March 28, 2021
What Are You Doing, Jesus?In John's Gospel, Jesus takes control as Holy Week begins. The disciples invite us to join them as they wait, watch and wonder what Jesus is doing. Will we want to follow Jesus step by step to the cross?
March 21, 2021
A New ChapterGod is calling us into a new chapter of ministry, and we are called to remain open to the possibilities which the Spirit will lead us to as we face a time of transition together.
March 14, 2021
For God So Loved the WorldThis most familiar passage reminds us once again that despite our sinful nature, God loves us unconditionally through God's only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
March 7, 2021
Cleaning House 030721In this Season of Lent, we are called to take stock of our lives and consider what needs cleaning out, so that we can focus our entire selves on following our Lord faithfully and without distraction.
February 28, 2021
A Sign of God's PromiseEven amid the worst chaos in life, God will never abandon us - that is the sign of hope and promise that we are reminded of through the rainbow in the sky after the great flood.
February 21, 2021
Taking Up Our CrossesFor this first Sunday of Lent, we are challenged by Christ to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. As we find ourselves Covid tired, how do we serve Christ in this way?
April 5, 2020
A City in TurmoilAs we are experiencing turmoil amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Jerusalem was in turmoil that first Palm Sunday. Yet even in both - God is present and will be present as we journey through Holy Week as the people of God.
March 29, 2020
Finding New Life in the Midst of Dry BonesThe prophet Ezekiel is given the image of a field of dry bones. God promises that from these bones new life will come. In the midst of our chaotic world, where do we find new life and hope?
March 22, 2020
A Surreal TimeThese are days that none of us could have anticipated - but thankfully, we are not alone as we walk through this dark valley; for God love and grace will always be with us.
March 15, 2020
God Is Our Refuge and Our StrengthHere is a summary of the online worship we held today at John Knox. You can listen to an audio recording of it, as well, or go to our Facebook page to watch the video of it.
March 8, 2020
Reflecting Our FaithHow are we called to reflect our faith in God to a world that desperately needs to hear God's good news? The story of the Israelites complaining for water at Meribah gives us some ideas.
March 1, 2020
Always FaithfulJesus resists temptation in the desert, and in so doing, gives us strength and courage to live faithful lives of discipleship.
April 14, 2019
The Ride of His LifeWe celebrate this Palm Sunday praising Jesus for all his deeds of power and welcoming him on the humble colt. As we wave our palms, we are reminded that nothing will silence the power and presence of Christ in our lives.
April 7, 2019
An Act of LoveMary anoints Jesus before his entry into Jerusalem, and we are all reminded of the extravagant gift of God's love to us in Christ's life, death, and resurrection.
March 24, 2019
Feeding Our FaithIsaiah reminds us of how important it is to consistently and faithfully return to God, so our faith might be fed and sustained through God's everlasting love.
March 17, 2019
Wait for the LordWe are called to wait for God, even in times of struggle, for through our waiting, God will be our light and stronghold amid all that life brings.
March 10, 2019
Turning Back to GodAs we begin the Season of Lent, may we be moved to turn back to God, especially when we face times of temptation in our lives.
March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday - Parade or Procession?Is Palm Sunday about the parade of Christ and his authority in our lives, or is it about a procession to Christ's death on Good Friday? It is both - and that is the transformative power of all that happens in Holy Week.
March 11, 2018
The Gift of GraceWe have been given a gift that has immeasurable value - the gift of faith. Now we are called to live lives of gratitude for that gift of faith.
March 4, 2018
Tables Are TurnedJesus cleanses the temple, but at the same time, calls on us to move the furniture around in our lives and see what needs cleaning, rearranging, and tossing, so we might be the disciples he's called us to be.
February 25, 2018
A New Name from God
February 18, 2018
A Covenant PromiseThe story of Noah is more than a children's story - it is a promise by God to be in a genuine relationship with humanity, a relationship which eventually culminates in Jesus Christ.
April 9, 2017
Entering Into TurmoilOn this Palm Sunday, our Lord enters into the turmoil of Holy Week. Will we follow him in faith, modeling his grace, humility, and purpose, whenever we face the turmoil of this world?
April 2, 2017
Do You Believe This?Jesus asks Martha: "Do you believe that I am the resurrection and the life?" And in so doing, he is asking us if we trust this core belief of our faith.
March 26, 2017
Wake Up! Children of LightHalf way through Lent, the children of light are urged to wake up and use the light of Christ to expose the darkness. As we examine our lives, we ask "What needs to stay and what needs to go?"
March 19, 2017
When in Doubt, Sing it OutOur hope – while gifted to us through the love and grace of God – is a hope we experience in, with, and through one another.
March 12, 2017
Disability Acceptance SundayJohn Smyth is an expert in autism, and he shared his story as our message on Disability Acceptance Sunday.
March 5, 2017
Kept By GodGod loves us, and therefore God keeps us. Once we accept that fact of faith, we can live lives of service that show God's love in transformative ways.
March 20, 2016
Faith in the JourneySometimes, all we can do is have faith in the journey we are on, and trust and believe that our Lord is coming to give us strength and courage for what lies in front of us.
March 13, 2016
Perceiving a New ThingThe Israelites have lost their image as God's children. The prophet alerts them to give up their sins of the past and look for a new thing that God is promising them. We look for the new things that God has for us.
March 6, 2016
Lost and FoundIn this season of Lent, can we truly identify with the lost prodigal, and receive the transformative grace that embraces us like a father who runs to welcome us home?
February 28, 2016
Callings, Camps, and Christian MotorcyclesOur calling as disciples of Jesus Christ is formed in special ways by our experiences at camps and conference centers like Camp Pyoca.
February 21, 2016
Imitators in FaithPaul calls us to mentor one another in the faith, and to set our minds and hearts on Christ Jesus in this Lenten Season.
February 14, 2016
Expressing Thanks and GratitudeThe Israelites are about to inherit the promise land from God. They are told to give thanks by offering their first fruits to God. As we travel this time of Lent, how do we offer thanks to God?
March 29, 2015
Untie It and Bring ItAre you tempted to sing "Hosanna" on Palm Sunday and skip right to shouting "Alleluia" on Easter morning? We must travel the plan of Jesus that starts with Palm Sunday and takes us to the cross and then onto the empty tomb.
March 22, 2015
The Law Written on Our Hearts
March 8, 2015
Cleaning OutWhat needs cleaning out in our lives so that our focus can be totally centered on God?
March 1, 2015
Everlasting CovenantGod's promises are everlasting and eternal; how will live our lives reflects the depth of our appreciation for those eternal promises.
April 13, 2014
A Tumultuous EntranceJesus' triumphant entry causes praise and trembling for the Holy City, as God's act of salvation comes near.
April 6, 2014
Human and DivineAs we look at the passages where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, we ask "How do we unbind ourselves like Lazarus? What is holding us inside the tomb? What do we need to free ourselves from to experience God's resurrection power and hope?
March 23, 2014
Bunch of WhinersMoses appealed for God's help when he couldn't take the whining anymore. And God provided for their needs - and continues to stand before us in faithfulness, loving us unconditionally through Jesus Christ our Lord.
March 16, 2014
Blessing and PromiseGod offers blessing and promise - to Abram and Sarai, in the gift of his son, Jesus Christ. How to we live lives of gratitude for God's blessings and promises to us?
March 9, 2014
Wise Like God?Adam and Eve in the garden remind us of our constant desire to be wise like God, and how God is always patient as we seek to live faithfully as his children.
March 24, 2013
He Went On AheadAfter all he had been through, Jesus chose to go on ahead to Jerusalem, and accomplish on our behalf what only he could do.
March 10, 2013
Redeemed by GraceThis is not a story about a prodigal son or a bitter older brother. It is a story about a loving, gracious God who welcomes us all back home.
February 19, 2023
Transformation Can Be ChallengingTransformation Can Be Challenging John Knox Presbyterian Church 2/19/2023 Lisa Crismore
January 1, 2023
God Doesn't Want You to Eat Stale BagelsGod Doesn't Want You to Eat Stale Bagels Patty McKinnon John Knox Presbyterian Church 01/01/2023
January 3, 2021
God's Light Shining Through the DarknessWe are not called to be the light - we are called to reflect the light of God through the darkness of our world, and in so doing, bring others the hope and joy we know in God's promised Son, Jesus Christ.
January 5, 2020
Shining God's LightWe are called to shine God's light not only at Christmas with Emmanuel's birth, but every day we are blessed to be disciples of the one who came in the name of the Lord.
January 6, 2019
Faithfully FollowingAs we celebrate the Magi and their bringing of gifts to the Christ child, we also look for the epiphanies in our lives that God brings, so we might faithfully follow God's light wherever it leads.
January 1, 2017
January 3, 2016
The Unexpected GiftThe wise men follow the star to Bethlehem looking for a king and find something so unexpected. This will be a king that does not rule by power but gives of himself for others. How do we receive this unexpected gift?
January 4, 2015
Arise! Shine!As we put away our Christmas decorations this month, may we not be tempted to put away the light of the world, whose birth we celebrate not one day a year, but every day of our lives.
January 5, 2014
EpiphanyWhat epiphanies might illuminate our vision of God's claim on our life, so that we might be overwhelmed with joy, as the Magi were at the stable in Bethlehem?
January 6, 2013
Gift GivingThe heart of giving a gift is that it is given freely from the heart.
December 11, 2022
Saying Yes to Sacred SpaceSaying Yes to Sacred Space Rev. Beth Wagner John Knox Presbyterian Church
December 4, 2022
Seeing Sacred PeopleSeeing Sacred People Morning Worship 10am Rev. Beth Wagner
November 27, 2022
Keeping Sacred TimeKeeping Sacred Time John Knox Presbyterian Church Rev. Beth Wagner 11.27.2022
December 20, 2020
Mary, Did You Know?The angel, Gabriel, tells Mary that she is favored and blessed to give birth to Jesus. This challenging news will change her life forever. With our challenges, how do we know that we are favored and blessed by God?
December 13, 2020
Joy Through AdversityEven in the midst of great adversity, God's joy shines through in this Advent Season - we may just have to look harder this year than in other years.
December 6, 2020
The Beginning of God's Good NewsWe are all called to stop, listen, and receive the beginning of God's good news this Advent Season, especially as we hear it from God's preparer: John the Baptist.
November 29, 2020
Hope in the Potter's HandsAs we seek hope in this time of challenge, may we hear the prophet's words that hope is coming as God comes down to meet us.
December 22, 2019
Christs Saving Presence
December 15, 2019
Road to SalvationThe prophet speaks of a Holy Way that God's people will travel to redemption. In this Advent Season, what roads are we traveling to return to the source of our hope and joy?
December 8, 2019
Turn Back to GodAs John the Baptist prepares us for the coming of God's Son, how are we called to turn back to God in our Advent journey?
December 1, 2019
Time to HopeAs we live through the in-between times of life, Paul reminds us of this time of hope God has given us as we wait for Jesus Christ's return.
December 23, 2018
Bethlehem Was the PlaceThe prophet Micah brings good news of hope which will come from an unexpected place called Bethlehem. It is here we find a shepherd that will come forth and care for us in the most challenging times.
December 16, 2018
Welcome HomeWe are all welcomed home this Advent by a loving, gracious God - welcomed home from whatever exiles we are living in.
December 9, 2018
It's Time for a ChangeEnjoy this monologue sermon written by Rhonda VanDyke Colby on John the Baptist!
December 2, 2018
How Do We Wait in Advent?Advent is a time of waiting for God's promise in Jesus Christ. It is also a time for us to examine how we wait for God's calling and presence in our lives, so that we might show the world God's hope, love, and peace.
December 24, 2017
Sanctuary Leads to Blessing
December 17, 2017
Redemptive JoyIn the midst of our waiting in Advent, we are promised redemptive joy by the prophet Isaiah, a joy that restores and redeems our suffering into hope and promise as God's chosen people.
December 10, 2017
Preparing for Good NewsWaiting is hard - waiting requires trust and patience. And a lot of times, waiting requires humility. In this Advent Season, how are we called to prepare for this good news which God is sending, especially as we wait and wait and wait?
December 3, 2017
Tears and Tantrums - Hurting in Holy WaysLet us not forget that this hope came in the form of baby, tears and tantrums included. May we find hope in and through our tears, knowing that God is, in fact, crying with us as we make our journey to Bethlehem.
December 18, 2016
Believing in the SignThe prophet Isaiah sends a sign to all who fear. This sign will be a woman who is with child and she will name him Immanuel. God is with us. How do we receive this sign? How do we believe it?
December 11, 2016
Finding Joy in the WildernessWe all travel roads in the wildernesses of life. But even there, God finds us and is with us to save us, bringing joy and gladness in this Advent Season.
December 4, 2016
Bear Fruit Worthy of RepentanceThis season of preparation is more than warm memories of the past. It is about realigning ourselves with God's purpose for our life, so we might bear fruit that is truly worthy of our repentance.
November 27, 2016
Walking in the LightIt is time to awake from our slumber, and walk in the light of God. As we begin the Advent Season, may the prophet's words give us hope that God is truly with us in the form of Emmanuel.
December 20, 2015
Mary Says, "Yes!"Mary flees to her cousin's Elizabeth after hearing that she is pregnant with God's Son. She is welcomed with affirmation and blessing. As we prepare for Christmas, are we open to receive or offer a blessing to others?
December 13, 2015
Expectantly Waiting for JoyWe do not experience joy in a vacuum; we await the joy which God brings on Christmas to transform us and this world through Jesus Christ our Lord.
December 6, 2015
Messengers from GodPreparing for the Prince of Peace can seem fruitless amid the violence we witness in our world. And yet these messengers from God remind us that in our preparation, God will come.
November 29, 2015
How Do We Wait?Advent is a time of waiting, yet that is not our strong-suit as human beings. How do we wait in hope for God's coming kingdom?
December 21, 2014
A Servant of the LordWe can either walk through life closed-off to all threats and, potentially, closed-off to God, or we can open ourselves to God's will and receive that joy as Mary did when she was told the unbelievable would happen through her.
December 7, 2014
Comfort in ExileEven when we find ourselves in exile, God will never abandon us, but will draw us close to his heart, just as he gathers the sheep in his loving arms.
November 30, 2014
The Journey of FaithAs we conclude a season of waiting for Lisa to return to us from sabbatical, we begin a season of expectant waiting in Advent, and trust in the grace of God to be with us in all ways at all times.
December 22, 2013
Not Picture PerfectMatthew's version of the nativity shows the beautiful, but not picture perfect, way God chose to come into the world through Jesus Christ this Christmas.
December 15, 2013
Waiting PatientlyIsaiah speaks of the joyful exuberance which will spring forth with the Lord's arrival, while James reminds us of patiently waiting for this joy to enter our lives.
December 8, 2013
Preparing for the NewJohn the Baptist teaches us how to prepare for the Prince of Peace's arrival, but it is Isaiah who illustrates what the new kingdom will look like when that Prince arrives.
December 1, 2013
You Know What Time It IsThe First Sunday of Advent is about hope - hope for a world free from violence, hope for a future ruled by the Son of God, hope to awaken from our slumber and welcome the light of the world.
December 16, 2012
Waiting for HopeIn the wake of a terrible tragedy, the prophet's words of hope in hopelessness ring especially true for us today.
December 9, 2012
Road to GraceThe choices we make along the road to grace are significant in how we reorient our lives towards God this Advent Season.
December 2, 2012
What Are We Waiting For?How are we preparing for what God has in store for us this Advent Season?
December 18, 2011
Mary Gets ItMary answers God's call with courage and faith, and is a model for how to live faithful lives of discipleship.
December 11, 2011
Out of the DarknessWe continue to wait expectantly for the light of God, which illuminates the darkest areas of our world.
December 4, 2011
Comfort My PeopleThe prophet announces the coming of God's hope and peace, and the comfort he shares gives us strength to comfort others.
November 27, 2011
Waiting Ain't EasyOn the first Sunday of Advent, we are called to wait expectantly for the new thing God is doing through Jesus Christ.
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