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.
June 19, 2022
It's a Wonderful WorldIt's a Wonderful World 6/19/2022 Rev. Beth Wagner
May 15, 2022
Guiding PrinciplesMay 15, 2022 Guiding Principles Rev. Beth Wagner
May 8, 2022
Idolatry and FreedomMorning Worship Idolatry and Freedom Rev. Beth Wagner May 8, 2022
May 1, 2022
The Ten Utterances
May 23, 2021
Moving to the Next Part of the JourneyOn Pentecost, the Gift of the Holy Spirit comes with wind, fire and multiple languages. With this gift, we acknowledge not only God’s mystery but the way that the mystery of God invites us to move into the next part of the journey.
May 31, 2020
Pentecost Promise FulfilledThe Spirit's arrival on Pentecost is a promise fulfilled - and gives us the strength to face the hard work that is before us, as a church and as a nation.
June 9, 2019
We Are Never AlonePentecost is the day we celebrate God's promise of the Advocate being fulfilled, reminding us we are never alone, for all who call on God's name will be saved in Jesus Christ.
June 4, 2017
We Are Not AloneWith the promise fulfilled of God's Holy Spirit coming on Pentecost, we are promised to never be alone, for we have an Advocate who will always and forever be God's abiding presence in our lives.
May 15, 2016
Broadening Our Vision and DreamsWe celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. This amazing gift that has the ability to give comfort and sustain us. But, the mystery of God can also be messy as it stretches and challenges us.
May 31, 2015
Bewildering SpiritThe coming of the Holy Spirit not only inspires and enlivens; it also confuses and bewilders. Yet even in our bewilderment, the Spirit never lets goes of us.
June 8, 2014
A Promise FulfilledPentecost is more than one day of the year. It is a promise fulfilled by God to send the Advocate to the Church, so that we can do all things through the power of the Spirit.
June 3, 2012
Amazed and PerplexedWhat kind of gift does God give the church on Pentecost? The gift to speak a word of hope to a broken and hurting world.
May 16, 2021
Looking Forward With HopeAs we come to an end in our journey together, we look forward with hope for what God has in store for us all as disciples of Jesus Christ.
May 9, 2021
Love One AnotherGod has already chosen to love us in Jesus Christ, and by that love we are called to love one another as friends in Christ.
May 2, 2021
Resilient Healing and HopeAs the pandemic continues to leave us questioning how much longer will we endure this? We welcome the parable and the story that Jesus gives us in Luke as it encourages us with a message of resilient healing and hope.
April 25, 2021
Empowered By the SpiritThe Spirit gives us the power to do incredible things - if only we have the faith to trust in its guidance and power.
April 11, 2021
Resurrection CommunityThe Psalmist reminds us of the importance of living together in unity, which can be like anointing oil and renewing dew. Our nation and world struggles to live together in unity. How do we resurrect community?
April 4, 2021
Hope Over FearIt's okay to be a little afraid on Easter - just don't allow that fear to paralyze you. For at the empty tomb, God has overcome our fear with hope.
May 24, 2020
Dialogue Sermon 052420Watch and listen to our online worship service on May 24, 2020.
May 17, 2020
The Gift of the Spirit Is ForeverJesus gives his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, which will be with us forever. How does the Advocate - the Spirit help us during the pandemic? How do we love God and love our neighbor as ourselves?
May 10, 2020
God's Own PeopleAs God's own people, we are called to shine the light of Christ into the darkest areas of this world, so that hope might overcome hopelessness, and love might overcome hatred.
May 3, 2020
Awe-InspiringIn these challenging times, the Spirit empowers us to awe-inspiring works, so that the Body of Christ might be a sign of hope to this world.
April 26, 2020
Kairos JourneyListen and Watch our Online Service from April 26, 2020, on Facebook Live.
April 19, 2020
Disability Awareness Sunday SermonWe are grateful to Kelly Porten for sharing with us her story on this Disability Awareness and Acceptance Sunday!
April 12, 2020
Do Not Be Afraid - 041220This is an Easter unlike any other - but we are grateful that we can receive the Easter message this year: we are not alone, God is alive, do not be afraid!
June 2, 2019
Breaking FreeJust as Paul and Silas helped the young girl break free from her enslavement to a demon, we are given the opportunity to break free from what enslaves us as we embrace the freedom offered in Jesus Christ.
May 12, 2019
Hope Has a NameIn this season after Easter, we are reminded by the resurrection of Tabitha that hope is alive always through the power of God's Holy Spirit.
May 5, 2019
Fed By JesusAs we walk these days after Easter, we are each reminded of Jesus' call to feed his lambs and tend his sheep - as this is how we respond to our promise to love our Lord.
April 28, 2019
Believing and CreatingWe welcomed Rev. Hector Hernandez as our guest preacher this morning!
April 21, 2019
New LifeThe women find the tomb to be empty, and as they remember what Jesus had told them, they believed the unbelievable and went and told the others. May we be moved to do the same on this glorious day!
May 13, 2018
We've Been ChosenThe election of Matthias as Judas' replacement reminds us that we are all chosen to serve - even when we don't win an election.
May 6, 2018
The Spirit's PowerThe Spirit's movement in the life of the early church is our reminder that God will include all peoples - no matter our human limitations our boundaries. We just need to be open to the Spirit's guidance and leading.
April 29, 2018
Get Up and Go - Escape or Embrace?As Philip was inspired to get up and go preach the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch, so too are we called by the Spirit to get up and to to the places that challenge us and embrace the task of sharing God's love with this world.
April 22, 2018
Love in ActionAs we welcome members of the confirmation class in worship, we are reminded that love is not meant to be reserved to words, but primarily in our actions towards others.
April 15, 2018
What Comes After the Resurrection?Listen to Molly DeWitt, program director at Pyoca Camp and Retreat Center, share about her experiences as a Young Adult Volunteer of the PC(USA).
April 8, 2018
Disability Awareness SundayHear Don and Aida's story of raising their son, Niko, with his "superpower" of autism.
April 1, 2018
The Depth of EasterAs we stand at the empty tomb, may we be allowed to be transformed by God into witnesses of this terrifying and amazing event.
May 14, 2017
I Will Do Whatever You AskJesus promises his disciples that he will do whatever they ask in his name. How do we faithfully live out that promise in our prayer life and lives of discipleship?
May 7, 2017
The Lord Is My ShepherdThe twenty-third psalm is not only appropriate at the time of death - it is a statement of faith for our lives, that our God will always pursue us with goodness and mercy.
April 30, 2017
Opening Our Eyes to GodGod is always with us, even we don't sense it at the time, as we walk our Emmaus roads.
April 23, 2017
Easter's New Birth
April 16, 2017
Witnessing the ResurrectionAs Mary Magdalene and the other disciples witnessed the resurrection of Jesus, we too are called to be witnesses to others so that might come to believe in God's transformative love.
May 8, 2016
That They May Be OneJesus prays that we might all be one through God's love in him. How do we live lives that invite others to follow Christ in unity, joy, and love?
May 1, 2016
Do You Want to Be Made Well?When Jesus asks us, "Do you want to be made well?" how will we respond? In faith? In fear? With the trust that his healing will allow us to stand up, take up our mats, and walk?
April 24, 2016
The Household of GodAs we learn from Peter's vision, the household of God is broader and wider than any of our preconceived notions; it is open to all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord.
April 17, 2016
Come Without DelayAs Peter was called to come without delay, so to are we called to come without delay in the light of Christ's resurrection.
April 10, 2016
Disability Awareness Sunday MessageRev. Dr. Sarah Lund of Christian Theological Seminary shares her personal story about loved ones and mental illness, and how God's love is truly for all of God's children.
April 9, 2016
One of a KindThe funeral sermon and service for Jerry K. Carter (1945-2016) on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at John Knox Presbyterian Church.
April 3, 2016
Christ Is AliveThomas is our reminder that even when we doubt, God is patient and persistent with us, to reassure us that nothing can conquer God's love for us in Jesus Christ - not even death.
March 27, 2016
They Told All ThisThe resurrection of Jesus exerts its influence over us to tell the good news of the gospel: Jesus Christ is risen!
May 17, 2015
The Toss of the DiceThe disciples need to replace Judas. They seek God's will through prayer and the roll of the dice. How does Matthias and Joseph-Barsabbas-Justus feel with this outcome? How do we accept the will of God in our lives?
April 19, 2015
Releasing Our FearsThe disciples have had a Jesus sighting. At first they are afraid because they believe he is a ghost, Jesus shows them his humanness and then tells them to get over their fears. They must move past this to go out and tell Christ's story to others.
April 12, 2015
The Power of DoubtDoubt is a power thing. But it pales in comparison to God's love for us in Jesus Christ.
April 5, 2015
Bear Witness - Even in FearEven when it's hard to believe, there is no good news unless someone shares it.
June 1, 2014
You Will Be My WitnessesAs Jesus ascends back to heaven, we are not left powerless or alone - as the Holy Spirit empowers us to be his witnesses in this world.
May 24, 2014
Love Through ObedienceThe church is called not to be of this world, but to transform it through obedience to God's laws of love.
May 18, 2014
May 11, 2014
Following the Shepherd's VoiceThere is only one voice we need to follow amid all the voices of our lives. That is the voice of the good shepherd, who has come to give life and give it abundantly.
May 4, 2014
Walking with JesusAs we walk our Emmaus roads, may we never lose sight of the one walking alongside us, in good times and bad.
April 20, 2014
Rattling the WorldThe tomb is empty. "He is not here." Jesus goes ahead of us - that is where we will find the risen Lord.
April 7, 2013
In the Name of the Risen ChristWe live in the light of Easter when we speak with clarity and conviction of God's most powerful love.
March 31, 2013
Don't Take It For GrantedThe world has changed due to the resurrection of Jesus. Will we rise to live life differently in response, or will we be tempted to take this day for granted?
January 29, 2023
With a Little Help
January 15, 2023
January 1, 2023
God Doesn't Want You to Eat Stale Bagels
December 11, 2022
Saying Yes to Sacred Space
December 4, 2022
Seeing Sacred People
November 27, 2022
Keeping Sacred Time
November 13, 2022
Live by the Spirit
October 23, 2022
October 2, 2022
Poured Out into the World
September 26, 2022