The mission of John Knox Presbyterian Church is to
grow in Christ,
be inspired to spread his Word,
share his love throughout the community, and
experience joy on the way.
An ancient Rabbi asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended and the day was on its way back, “Could it be,” asked one student, “when you can see an animal in the distance and can tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the Rabbi. “Could it be” asked another, “ when you look at a tree in the distance and can tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No,” said the Rabbi. “Then what is it?” all the pupils demanded.
Jesus is very clear in calling us to care about those who we meet each day. And he calls us to care about those we don’t get along with, even those we identify as enemies. We live in a time when much of the news is dominated by the tribal fighting of political groups. We are reminded by Jesus that our love for God is best shown in how we treat those who are in need.
It is not logical arguments that bring us closer to God rather it is in lived relationships. As we live and work together, so we grow closer to God. I am sure that you realize that Churches have many who are not perfect among their membership. That’s because we are always still learning, still growing. And we are only “forgiven sinners” --always forgiven, but still always those who sin.
Our God has accompanied his people through times of captivity, wilderness, and exile. God has sheltered and sustained those who flee oppression, violence, hunger and poverty. We come together asking God to open our hearts and minds, so that those who live in fear might find freedom and true joy.
Hope to see you this Sunday,
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.
John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane N, P O Box 20968, Keizer OR 97307