Welcome to John Knox Presbyterian Church
Welcome home, children of God!
Our faith celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John Knox is a place where anyone can experience and share the love of God, the peace of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
We are a faith community that values your thoughts and questions. Come as you are today and grow with us in faith and discipleship. We welcome all to the Lord’s table for Holy Communion, which is usually celebrated monthly.
We invite you to stay for fellowship after worship, where refreshments are served and friendships are made and nurtured.
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The in-person worship service at 10:30am is recorded live in the sanctuary and will be posted to the website on Sunday afternoon.
'RIZPAH MOURNS HER SONS'
Laura Wright Pittman
A Sanctified art | sanctifiedart.org
2 Samuel 3:7, 21:1-14
Public grief that Inspires Action
Excerpt: I don’t know what to say. This story leaves me without adequate ways to fully process the searing pain and utter wrecking of the life of this woman, Rizpah. She is a “low status” wife of Saul. She is raped by a man who denies his actions. Her two sons are sentenced to death as a king fumbles to rectify wrongs that cause a famine in the land. … …Rizpah’s public unraveling causes the unraveling of David’s distorted version of justice. God doesn’t require a human sacrifice for the end of the bloodguilt. God ends the famine when David listens to the voice of this strong, fierce, unraveling woman. I pray that we learn from Rizpah. When we see injustice may we, like Rizpah, climb the mountain of God and defend those who cannot defend themselves. When we see someone unraveling in inexplicable grief, may this sight unravel us from the ways we are entangled with injustice.
We are grateful for the outpouring of prayers and calls from congregations and individuals asking how they can help. As the violence continues, the number of people being displaced internally and fleeing to neighboring countries increases by the day. And in the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival. Our first priority as PDA is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not which means we have trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work.
We are hearing that the reformed churches in Ukraine and the region are also feeling called to join in the humanitarian response. PDA, therefore, anticipates that our response will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.
Funds are being used for emergency humanitarian aid such as food items, shelter, medicines, diapers, hygiene items, etc. See updates on the situation and the PDA response to the crisis here
GIVE: Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with "DR000156-Ukraine" on the memo line. Mail to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
ACT: Urge the U.S. government to support generous aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
PRAY: As we pray for an end to this violence, we ask the U.S. Government and our European allies to make a commitment to the Ukrainian people for a peaceful solution. We don’t know how long it will take, but we know that they will need help with the rebuilding of their country so that those who are fleeing now may one day return home safely.
HOURS & SERVICES:
Church Office: Open Monday & Wednesday 9 - Noon
The office closes in observance of federal and state holidays.
Masks are WELCOME here, not required
ADA Accessible with hearing loop installed in Sanctuary to help those with compatible hearing aids
Pastor: Rev. Peter Blank
Music Director: Anna Robinson
Pianist: Bethany Cozort
Clerk of Session: Eileen Sheelar
Deacon Moderator: Linda Garland
Treasurer: Bronwyn Curtis
We share our building with our brothers and sisters in Christ, Iglesia de Jesucristo Puerta del Cielo, and the following community groups utilize our facilities:
AA - currently three in-person meetings (Monday Step Study 7:30pm, Thursday Way of Life 7:00pm, Saturday Morning Coffee 8:00am)
Daughters of the American Revolution
Keizer Old Time Jam music group