Welcome to online worship at Knox!
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A letter from Rev. Adam Fronczek, Pastor, and Jana Reister, Associate Pastor, Knox Presbyterian Church:
I know that you are concerned over the racial injustice present in our cities and the tragic acts of this week. I know you are also concerned over the protests week, thankful that many are peaceful, and concerned that some have become dangerous. As a Matthew 25 congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Knox has made an ongoing commitment to dismantling structural racism and standing up for oppressed people in our communities. Your church cares about all of these matters, and we are confident that God cares.
I am sure many of you are struggling to know what you can do, and what we can do as a faith community. These longings will be addressed as part of today’s sermon, and your church’s Session will continue to lead our congregation in seeking faithful responses that support justice and condemn violence.
Here is a message from the Presbytery of Cincinnati that includes a link to a prayer resource from the Presbyterian Church USA. I commend both to you, and hope that you will be praying for peace and justice in our communities this day and in the days to come.
Adam & Jana
Sweet Hour of Prayer - Bolcom
Christina Haan on the Knox Organ.
Welcome and Call to Worship
Rev. Jana Reister
Stand in Your Love
Performed by The Knox Fresh Spirit Musicians. Written by Josh Baldwin; video edited by Jack Knellinger,
Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon
Rev. Jana Reister
Time with Children
Tina Hubert goes on a wilderness adventure!
Music by Kile Smith. Lyrics by Siegfried Sassoon.
Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away … O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
The New Testament Lesson
The Culpepper family reads Acts 2:1-21
Does Pentecost Still Happen? - Rev. Adam Fronczek
Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light)
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine,
May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,
cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
with Thy saints forever, for Thou art kind.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Prayers of the People
Rev. Jana Reister
Rev. Jana Reister
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name - F. Peeters
Christina Haan on the Knox organ
- Join us this morning for Coffee & Conversation online at 10:00am. Instead of meeting in the Social Hall, we’re gathering via Zoom at 10:00am this morning for a time of fellowship. Please join us! Just click this link shortly before 10:00am: https://zoom.us/j/714895836.
- Today's music: Kile Smith, the Philadelphia composer of Everyone Sang, has been commissioned by Knox's Gieseke family to compose for Knox a new anthem – Go forth into the world in peace -- scheduled to be premiered by the Knox Choir this September 18, 2020.Lyrics to Everyone Sang are from the poet Siegfried Sassoon, one of the greatest of World War I poets. Sassoon's poem, written immediately after WW I, brims with relief and delight, the celebration that happens after having traveled through a difficult time together—in his case, World War I, in ours, this virus.
- Worship resource: Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook
- Children's ministry introduces Wilderness Expedition. It's a summertime program that perfect for kids from preschool through fifth grade. Wilderness Expedition is full of adventures, learning, fun, and even a contest! Learn more here or by contacting Tina Hubert.
- 41 Kroger cards, trunks-full of supplies gathered for IHN. The Knox community has once again stepped up to support the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). You have restocked the IHN pantries with donations of food, drinks, supplies and even hard to find cleaning supplies. All the homemade goodies will be a special treat, and 41 Kroger gift cards will go a long way as the families shop at their local Kroger. Masks and gloves will continue to keep the families safe. Thank you for your generosity and caring!
- When will 3400 Michigan Avenue reopen? Get the latest update here on the work of the task force on re-opening the Knox building.
- Plan now to continue sharing what matters deeply to you: your values and your faith. Perhaps you are acting now to pass on your values ad beliefs at Knox through teaching, mission work, or simply the example of your faith. Acting now to pass on your values can have a financial component, too, with gifts through your will, trust, retirement accounts or life insurance. In this way, you can support the ministries and missions of Knox for coming generations. Click here to learn more and to view the most recent list of members who have made memorial and tributes gifts to Knox.
- Prayer requests: the most recent Knox prayer request list can be found here. If you or someone you know should be added to the list, please contact Jana Reister at .
- "Staying Connected" is a free resource from the Ohio Department of Aging. The Staying Connected service provides a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans age 60 or older. This service provides comfort and can connect you with aging network information and support. It's easy to get started. Explore the resources here to learn more.
- Thank you for your continued financial support of Knox. Your generosity is helping us to serve our mission partners and to enable staff to continue to serve you each week, in addition to paying utility bills, insurance and other ongoing expenses even though the Knox building is closed.
- How to reach Knox during the office closure. Even though our offices are closed, Knox staff members are still working from remote locations and are ready to serve you. We are monitoring the Knox telephone voice mail (513-321-2573) throughout normal business hours and will respond to you quickly. A full list of staff emails can be found here.