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Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12

Introduction to the readings for the first Sunday in Epiphany, January 8, 2017 In our first reading from the Hebrew texts, the prophet Isaiah addresses an audience of dismayed and discouraged listeners newly returned to their beloved Jerusalem after forty years in exile.  Listen to how Isaiah’s words of... Read More

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Christmas Eve Reflections

 Early Christmas Eve Service Reflection, December 24, 2016 Based on the script composed for the early service Christmas Pageant and ‘The Story of the First Christmas’ Once there was someone who did and said such amazing things that people began to follow him wherever he went. Everything about this someone was so... Read More

Desert blooms

Message ~ Advent JOY

Based on Isaiah 35: 1-10 “The Desert Blooms and Rejoices” And Matthew, Chapter 11, verses 2-11 “John’s disciples visit Jesus” Opening Prayer:  Holy, gracious and amazing God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we carry as we reflect together on your word for us, may all of it be acceptable in... Read More

Who do people say i am

Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Matthew 11: 2-11

GOOD MORNING... THIS MORNING WE LIT THE CANDLE OF “JOY”.........A COMMODITY OUR ANXIOUS AND TROUBLED WORLD  DESPERATELY NEEDS. THE READINGS THIS MORNING FROM ISAIAH AND MATTHEW CONTAIN WORDS AND IMAGES THAT GIVE US REASON TO BE JOYFUL. ISAIAH FORESEES A WORLD OF PEACE, BEAUTY, AND PLENTY WHERE GOD WALKS WITH US... Read More

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Gavel Grapevine ~ Dec 4, 2016

A big thank you to the Friendship Group and others who decorated the sanctuary for the Advent / Christmas season. It looks absolutely wonderful, and will help inspire us with our own Advent preparation. If you're looking for more ways to get into the holiday spirit, a reminder that our 3rd annual Celebration of... Read More

Turning away

Homily for Advent Two

Based on Matthew, Chapter 3, verses 1-13  John the Baptist Preaches Opening Prayer:  Holy, gracious and amazing God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we carry as we reflect together on your word for us, may all of it be acceptable in your sight.  Amen. As promised last week and following the... Read More

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UPDATE ON OUR FAMILY

This photo is of the children with the quilts made for them by a member of our Knox Rip and Stitch group.  They said, “Thank you very, very, very much!”  Members of our Stewardship and Social Justice Team are planning a congregational dinner with our family, which we hope to hold in January.  Watch for... Read More

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Isaiah 11: 1-10 and Matthew 3: 1-13

Introduction to the readings for Advent Two, Peace,  December 4, 2016 This morning our first reading comes to us from the prophet, Isaiah offering a word of hope to a discouraged and disgruntled community of listeners.  Isaiah’s words offer a startling alternative vision of how life might be rather than how life... Read More

Have you heard

The Gavel Grapevine ~ November 2016

The Gavel Grapevine is a new feature designed to communicate things that are happening in and around Knox from the perspective of the Board Chair. We actually do have a gavel at our Board meetings- hence the title. Here are some of the Grapevine Highlights as delivered on Sunday. November has been a busy month –... Read More

No one knows the hour

Reflection ~ First Sunday in Advent

Based on:  Matthew 24: 36-44 “No one knows the hour” This morning we celebrate our first Sunday in the season of Advent, the four weeks that bridge the end of the church calendar year carrying us over to the season of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of the Holy One in our midst. Will Willimon, former... Read More