Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments


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 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.

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 Chapter

God 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 World

This 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

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In 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 Promise

Even 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 Crosses

For 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 Turmoil

As 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 Bones

The 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 Time

These 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 Strength

Here 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 Faith

How 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 Faithful

Jesus 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 Life

We 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 Love

Mary 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 Faith

Isaiah 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 Lord

We 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 God

As 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 Grace

We 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 Turned

Jesus 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 Promise

The 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 Turmoil

On 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 Light

Half 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 Out

Our 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 Sunday

John Smyth is an expert in autism, and he shared his story as our message on Disability Acceptance Sunday.

March 5, 2017

Kept By God

God 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 Journey

Sometimes, 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 Thing

The 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 Found

In 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 Motorcycles

Our 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 Faith

Paul 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 Gratitude

The 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 It

Are 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 Out

What needs cleaning out in our lives so that our focus can be totally centered on God?

March 1, 2015

Everlasting Covenant

God'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 Entrance

Jesus' triumphant entry causes praise and trembling for the Holy City, as God's act of salvation comes near.

April 6, 2014

Human and Divine

As 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 Whiners

Moses 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 Promise

God 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 Ahead

After 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 Grace

This 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 Waters

There 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 You

As 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 Temptation

Whenever 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 One

As we begin the Holy Week journey, how are we welcoming Jesus into our lives this Palm Sunday?

March 25, 2012

Humble Grace

Jesus offers the humble grace of God which we could never give ourselves; how we respond to that gift is a sign of our faithfulness.

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

September 18, 2022

Remembering Whose We Are

September 11, 2022

Friends We Weep For

August 28, 2022

Being a Practicing Christian

August 14, 2022

Overflowing Love

July 31, 2022

One Love, One Heart

July 17, 2022

This Call is Made for You and Me!

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