John Knox Presbyterian Church (USA) 452 Cummings Lane N PO Box 20968 Keizer, OR 97307 503-393-0404
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
We invite you to worship with us Sundays at 10:30 am.
Sunday School for children ages 4 through 8th grade is at 9:15 am during the school year, and adult education begins at 9:15 am.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our pastor, The Reverend Dr. John Neal.
At the last Session meeting, the Clerk gave out a reading by an old friend of mine from my days on Vashon Island. In the writing, Rev. Dr. Diana Nishita Cheifetz shared a story by Father Anthony Bloom. In his book, Beginning to Pray, he tells of an elderly woman who came seeking help with her life of prayer. She shared that she had been praying faithfully for years, had never felt God’s presence. So Father Tony offered that if she was speaking all the time to God, that it would be good to try listening to God. And since she was a knitter, he suggested that, each day, she put her room in order, and then knit for fifteen minutes before God. Now this did not sound very pious to her. But she tried anyway. First, she found that she delighted in having fifteen guilt-free minutes for herself. But then, after a while, she noticed anew how peaceful her room was, and how much she loved it. The clock ticked. Her needles touched the armchair. The silence began to fill her, and in the silence she could sense a presence, the presence of God.
This practice that Anthony Bloom suggested to the woman is broadly what we call the contemplative. It is an introduction to inviting God into our lives in new ways, especially when the traditional ways of praying don’t have as much meaning anymore. And now for you. Identify an activity you love to do alone, something that doesn’t require too much mental exertion or interruptions. If you are tight on time, think of spaces you have to yourself that you can use to be with God: like walking on a lunch break, or waiting in the car to pick up someone. Do this for fifteen minutes a day, say, for the next month, consciously inviting God into this space. This is not a time to worry about accomplishing anything, but to just be with God. Keep an open mind and heart. And see what happens.
Looking forward to seeing you in Worship.
To God be the glory
Annual Community BBQ
August 5, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
As is our tradition, we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, as well as side dishes and deserts. The jazz group which practices in our church, The Usual Subjects, has agreed to provide music during the barbecue.
Join us for free food, free music, and great company!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."