Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments


January 1, 2023

God Doesn't Want You to Eat Stale Bagels

God 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 Darkness

We 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 Light

We 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 Following

As 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

Star Words

January 3, 2016

The Unexpected Gift

The 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


What 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 Giving

The heart of giving a gift is that it is given freely from the heart.

December 11, 2022

Saying Yes to Sacred Space

Saying Yes to Sacred Space Rev. Beth Wagner John Knox Presbyterian Church

December 4, 2022

Seeing Sacred People

Seeing Sacred People Morning Worship 10am Rev. Beth Wagner

November 27, 2022

Keeping Sacred Time

Keeping 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 Adversity

Even 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 News

We 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 Hands

As 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 Salvation

The 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 God

As 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 Hope

As 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 Place

The 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 Home

We 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 Change

Enjoy 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 Joy

In 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 News

Waiting 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 Ways

Let 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 Sign

The 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 Wilderness

We 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 Repentance

This 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 Light

It 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 Joy

We 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 God

Preparing 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 Lord

We 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 Exile

Even 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 Faith

As 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 Perfect

Matthew'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 Patiently

Isaiah 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 New

John 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 Is

The 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 Hope

In 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 Grace

The 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 It

Mary 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 Darkness

We continue to wait expectantly for the light of God, which illuminates the darkest areas of our world.

December 4, 2011

Comfort My People

The 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 Easy

On 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 World

It's a Wonderful World 6/19/2022 Rev. Beth Wagner

May 15, 2022

Guiding Principles

May 15, 2022 Guiding Principles Rev. Beth Wagner

May 8, 2022

Idolatry and Freedom

Morning 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 Journey

On 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 Fulfilled

The 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 Alone

Pentecost 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 Alone

With 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 Dreams

We 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 Spirit

The 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 Fulfilled

Pentecost 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 Perplexed

What 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 Hope

As 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 Another

God 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 Hope

As 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 Spirit

The 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 Community

The 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 Fear

It'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 052420

Watch and listen to our online worship service on May 24, 2020.

May 17, 2020

The Gift of the Spirit Is Forever

Jesus 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 People

As 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


In 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 Journey

Listen and Watch our Online Service from April 26, 2020, on Facebook Live.

April 19, 2020

Disability Awareness Sunday Sermon

We 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 - 041220

This 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 Free

Just 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 Name

In 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 Jesus

As 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 Creating

We welcomed Rev. Hector Hernandez as our guest preacher this morning!

April 21, 2019

New Life

The 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 Chosen

The 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 Power

The 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 Action

As 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 Sunday

Hear Don and Aida's story of raising their son, Niko, with his "superpower" of autism.

April 1, 2018

The Depth of Easter

As 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 Ask

Jesus 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 Shepherd

The 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 God

God 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 Resurrection

As 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 One

Jesus 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 God

As 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 Delay

As 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 Message

Rev. 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 Kind

The 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 Alive

Thomas 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 This

The 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 Dice

The 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 Fears

The 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 Doubt

Doubt 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 Fear

Even when it's hard to believe, there is no good news unless someone shares it.

June 1, 2014

You Will Be My Witnesses

As 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 Obedience

The church is called not to be of this world, but to transform it through obedience to God's laws of love.

May 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye

May 11, 2014

Following the Shepherd's Voice

There 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 Jesus

As 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 World

The 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 Christ

We 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 Granted

The 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

Jesus Sightings

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

Looking Out

October 2, 2022

Poured Out into the World

September 26, 2022

Woven in a Relationship with Creation

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