Ukulele Sunday: Worship @ 10 am

Join us for a musical change of pace this Sunday April 30 at 10 am. In the spirit of fun and fellowship, we’ve got a merry band of ukulele players bringing us their talents to worship. Knox worshipers Gary Brown, Tom Catlow, Scott Swehla and Steve Yeager will lead us in singing to the Lord with joy!

Team Spirit

This sermon was preached on Sunday April 23, 2017 at Knox. The text was John 20:19-31. How ‘bout them Warriors? Do we have any Warriors fans in the house? OK, before we get started, I need to confess that I basketball is not my sport. My sport in high school was track and now it’s taekwondo but I’m learning, and of course, now that we live in Santa Rosa, I’ve got to get to know the Warriors, am I right? Well, speaking of basketball, did you know that the best teammates in the NBA are also the ones who physically touch each other the most ? I’m talking high-fives, fist bumps, hugs, pats - these basketball players tend to do better than players who don’t? A group of scientists out of Yale did

Don't Sit on the Sidelines This Sunday.

Get in the game this week with Pastor Emily as she serves up a sermon that wonders, "What does NBA success have to do with "Doubting" Thomas?" Hmm, maybe the secret's in the high-fiving, fist-bumping, back-slapping action...btw, our scripture for the week is John 20:19-31.

Mary Magdalene's Easter Surprise

We’re not really surprised by Easter anymore. I fear we’re a little jaded. We come to church by rote. We already know the tomb will be empty, we know Christ is risen today, Alleluia, and all that jazz. In fact, these days, Easter surprises mainly come in candy form. I like waking up to Easter baskets full of candy on Easter morning (maybe not quite so early as the children want to get up ;) Pez dispensers, peeps, chocolate rabbits, cadbury eggs. Mmm, delicious. I like egg hunts, too. There’s something so purely fun about stepping out into the yard to spot a bit of bright pink under a bush - is it a flower? No! It’s an egg, full of jellybeans. Easter candy is fun. Easter eggs are fun, even t

One Great Hour of Sharing: A Visit to Local Sites

One Great Hour of Sharing Patty Sanders I participated on a Travel Study trip in 1977, with 20 other Presbyterians to visit Columbia and Bolivia to see first hand projects funded by One Great Hour of Sharing donations. I will share a few of my most vivid memories. I still remember when the door was opened for us to peek in at the very green vegetable garden, the warm, moist air coming out of a solar greenhouse garden high in the very dry Bolivian Altiplano. 240 Aymara families gathered with us to celebrate the harvest from greenhouses made possible by the Pres. Hunger Program, One Great Hour of Sharing donations. The introduction of fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet has not only im

Palm Sunday: Sound. Silence.

Dear Beloved Parishioners of Knox, If you’ve been coming to Knox lately, you know that sometimes I like to talk a lot. I enjoy connecting with others in a lively conversation. Talking brings us together. Sometimes, God even speaks to us in a loud, thundering voice... Sometimes, though, I talk too much when quiet is needed. A new way of thinking arises out of the quiet, previously hidden under all the noise. Silence is absolutely essential. Sometimes, God speaks to us in a still, small voice... This Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. In worship, we will move from the joyous, dizzying shouts of “Hosanna!” to Judas’ dark betrayal to contemplating Christ’s death on the cross. We will share those

One Great Hour of Sharing: A Word on the Refugee Crisis

This "moment for mission" was spoken at Knox Presbyterian Church by Deacon Barbara Fogle on Sunday April 2. The scripture was Ezekiel 37. One great hour of sharing is an annual offering that helps support the Presbyterian hunger program, empowerment of people, refugee assistance, and disaster relief. It’s a free will offering , it is not a mandatory offering and prayers are accepted just as readily as cash or checks. I’m going to talk about the refugee crisis so we’ll go back to Ezekiel: When I dig up graves and bring you out as my people, you’ll realize that I am God. I’ll breath my life back into you and you’ll live, then I’ll lead you back to your land and you’ll realize that I am God.

A Case of the "If Onlys"

This sermon was preached at Knox Presbyterian Church on April 2, 2017. The scripture for the day was John 11:1-45 I was really in a bad mood the other day and I couldn’t figure out why. Nothing out of the ordinary had happened. I thought it through. Everybody’s healthy. Work’s fine. Things are generally ok. So why I am so cranky? I realized had come down with a case of the “if onlys…” You know, “if only this one thing was different in my past, then everything in my present would be magically SO much better”. It’s a contagious illness, spread often - but not always - by social media. The symptoms are a kind of grief and regret mixed with a deep need to review moments of your past that could h

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