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 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.
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.
March 3, 2013
Come to the WatersThere is much which leaves us empty in life. Will we fill the emptiness with the nourishment of God's Word, or the quick filling of those things which we don't need.
February 24, 2013
This Psalm Is for YouAs we ride the roller coaster of life and face the steep hills and curves, we pray to God for courage and strength. Many times our prayers are answered but sometimes God is silent.
February 17, 2013
How We Face TemptationWhenever we face temptation, we have the assurance that our Lord has already faced and conquered temptation in the wilderness.
April 1, 2012
Blessed Is the OneAs we begin the Holy Week journey, how are we welcoming Jesus into our lives this Palm Sunday?
March 25, 2012
Humble GraceJesus offers the humble grace of God which we could never give ourselves; how we respond to that gift is a sign of our faithfulness.
September 18, 2022
Remembering Whose We Are
September 11, 2022
Friends We Weep For
August 28, 2022
Being a Practicing Christian
August 14, 2022
July 31, 2022
One Love, One Heart
July 17, 2022
This Call is Made for You and Me!
July 10, 2022
Turn, Turn, Turn
June 26, 2022
What the World Needs Now
June 19, 2022
It's a Wonderful World
June 12, 2022