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.
Ash Wednesday brings us into the holy season of Lent. In the liturgical rites of most churches, there is a pastoral exhortation to the people at the beginning of the Ash Wednesday liturgy that expresses the focus of Lent. In the Presbyterian Church we are invited:
Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery.
We this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life and marks the penitence of this community.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.
Yes, that does sound like a huge undertaking! Therefore I especially invite you to take one of those spiritual disciplines and make it your own. You could start by reading through one of the Gospels, a good way is to read a couple of chapters each night before you go to sleep. Or you could try a more intentional process of personal prayer where you pray for situations and problems instead of people or the other way around. Some of us especially need to use Lent to cut down on our busyness and spend time just listening. Finally I invite the whole congregation to enjoy the possibility of a new understanding of what it means to belong to one another in Christ. Looking forward to seeing you in Worship,
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."