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.
There was an old Hasidic rabbi, who said that he discovered the meaning to life while listening to two peasants arguing in a Polish tavern. Each was protesting how much he loved the other, when Ivan said to Peter, “Tell me what hurts me?” Peter looked at Ivan and said: “How can I know what hurts you?” Ivan’s answer was swift and very profound, “If you don’t know what hurts me, how can you say that you love me?” Yes, often that is precisely what real love is often about. I am very confident that our God knows what hurts us and that our real friends do also. When we are in the midst of suffering and pain, I am sure that God not only understands but is also very close offering us comfort and even help.
Sometimes there are people who ask me why we spend so much time in the worship service at John Knox sharing our joys and concerns. I believe that our reason for this part of the worship service is that it allows us to really model how we care about each other and about other people and events. “If you don’t know what hurts me (and also what pleases me) then how can you say that you know me and love me?”
I trust that you are not only praying for individuals. I trust that you are praying for community-wide issues, national issues and even global issues. Clearly it is important for us to stay connected. Hope to see you in worship
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."