When visiting a new church there are many emotions and questions that arise. At John Knox we want to warmly welcome you and help make your visit a time where you encounter God above all else.
What to wear?
We all wear clothes and that is enough. At John Knox you will see folks dressing fancy and frugal. You will even see Pastor Chris wearing a robe that makes him look like Harry Potter! The important thing is to bring a heart ready to encounter God.
We love children, and we believe God loves them too. All people and all ages are welcome in our Sunday Services. Therefore, we welcome and encourage parents to include their children in worship as part of the church community. However, we also understand the need for wiggles. If it is easier for you to worship, we have a staffed nursery for our youngest children to safely play.
At John Knox we want to worship God with all our that we are. We bring our emotions--hurts and joys--and our preferences. However, we do not wish for something like our personal preferences to distract from a meaningful encounter with the triune God. Therefore, you will find music with lyrics that are meaningful, impactful, and biblically accurate. We sing songs and hymns that span over 2,500 years of church history!
Worship: Centered Around God's Word
The worship at John Knox Presbyterian Church is focused on Scripture, God’s living Word to us.
- We read, recite, and rejoice in reading from the Bible,
- The Sermon will passionately unpack a passage of the Bible,
- Our heartfelt prayers will come from the Bible,
Joyful and Reverent
The beauty and glory of the triune God summons us to approach with reverence and awe. We are filled with joy as we are welcomed into His presence as His beloved children people.
- We worship with passion,
- We pray boldly with confidence (Eph 3:10);
- We approach the throne of Grace to receive grace, mercy and help (Heb 4:16).
Every church and aspect of life has a liturgy. Some are thoughtful and biblical and some are haphazard and human-centered. We desire to structure our liturgy as a dramatic encounter with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. A good liturgy empowers the community to have a foretaste of the future heavenly rest in a present covenant renewal. A beautiful liturgy enables God's children to receive the divine gifts of God to fill the person and the people.
- We focus on God and his word,
- God speaks and we respond,
- We confess, we receive, and we are transformed,
- We feed the Head, Heart, and Hands,
- We include Instruction, Adoration, Lament, and Celebration,
- We passionately worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).
Why is the Pastor dressed like Harry Potter?
Depending upon your church background, the sight of a minister wearing a robe may be unusual. Why do we do it? Is it because we like Harry Potter?
1. Wearing a Robe hides the man
We live in a culture of distracted and on Sunday morning you don't need to be distracted by what the pastor is wearing. A pastor doesn't need an expensive suit, a cheap suit, a Hawaiian shirt, or his favorite camo-pattern. A simple black robe helps to remove these distractions and point to the message about Christ.
2. Wearing a Robe emphasizes the office
People wear uniforms to to fit their office and function. A judge wears a robe in court, a police person wears a uniform while on duty, and a mechanic wears overalls. Likewise, a pastor wears a robe to signify that when he is conducting the worship service, he is acting in an official capacity as a one called by Christ to proclaim his word to his people (Eph 4:11-12; 1 Thess 5:12-17). The robe reminds everyone (2 Cor 5:18) that the pulpit and its message belong to Christ.
3. Wearing a Robe is historical
Protestant pastors have been wearing robes for centuries. Only recently have they begun to look like used car sales people or a friendly guy next door. For more click HERE