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Sermons

Copies of the weekly John Knox Sunday Sermons are posted below in chronological order.

A Whole Lot Of Joy

II Corinthians 8

October 1, 2017

The Offering

8 1-4 Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians.

Be Still!
Jessica MacMillan
September 24, 2017

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41)
In addition to the Gospel story of Jesus calming the storm, the sermon text comes from Psalm 46, a poem from ancient Israel, which was originally sung in public worship. I will be reading it one stanza at a time throughout the sermon as we listen for God’s word for us today.

Taking Ownership
Nehemiah :1-4, 2:11-12, 17-20 and 4:6-20
September 17 , 2017
Prayer
The people of Jerusalem needed help and Nehemiah knew it. By messenger, he received word about the state of Jerusalem and its people. Though he was in a position of power and influence hundreds of miles away, he still held love for the city of his ancestors. The walls of Jerusalem had crumbled 150 years back after the siege of Babylon. The temple had been rebuilt but the city walls remained in ruin leaving the city vulnerable and the people lacking dignity. When he heard the news he sat down and wept and mourned for days, fasting and praying.

In On Everything
Ephesians 2
September 10, 2017
Ephesians 2 (The Message)
“Saving is all God's idea, and all God's work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything...

Working Together
I Corinthians 3
September 3, 2017

I can recall discovering multiple pieces of plywood in an outdoor closet of our house in Fort Myers, FL years back. I had great plans for building a fort for my boys out of this wood – until news of Hurricane Mitch. When the great storm drew close to Fort Myers and the winds started to howl, I noticed that all of my neighbors had the same kind of wood. But they were not building forts with it. They were placing these pieces over their windows. So that’s what I decided to do. Sometimes we’re not sure what to do with the materials of our lives. The struggles, the insights, the experiences we have, until we see how others use such materials to bless and protect those in great need.