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.
A note from Pastor John
Are you worried about protecting yourself and those you love? A recent poll claimed that the dominant emotion in the USA in the last few months is anxiety. Quite frankly, many are almost consumed with worry. They don’t always know what they are worried about. Nor are they aware of why they are worried. But they do know that fear seems to be a daily part of their life.
When we turn to the Bible, we notice that the first word of the Angel to Mary was “Be not afraid!” The first word to the shepherds in the fields was “Be not afraid!” And God’s word to us today is “Be not afraid!” In the midst of all the bad news, our God is not absent. Our God is very close and our God is dependable.
One of the best ways to counter fear and anxiety is to practice rejoicing. Did you know that no one can rejoice with God and be fearful at the same time? And the time before Christmas is such a perfect time to rejoice. All the activities, all the music, all messages of Christmas turn us away from fear and toward trust in our loving God.
Don’t allow the expectations of a perfect holiday to rob you of the real reason for the season. Take time to read the real Christmas story in Matthew and Luke, take time for listening to and for singing of Christmas Carols. And take time for worship.
The angel still seeks people and the angel’s message to us is “Be not afraid!”
Your Pastor and Friend in Christ,
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