Pastor Joyce's sermons


September 17, 2017

Eternal God, let us worship you not only in this sanctuary

         but in the world beyond,

    May we be open to your truth and not to the words of those

        Who would inflame our passions and still your spirit.

Give us a voice, O God, that speaks with both passion and compassion,

    So we may become vehicles of your Spirit of justice in the world

       As we are called to do by the One who is your vision of justice,  

                Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

--Joyce Antila Phipps


Thoughts for the Week

September 17, 2017

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.

Thomas Merton


True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

Eleanor Roosevelt


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United Church Of Christ Missionaries


3   Tribute to Scott Nicholson – Mexico – Matthew 16:21-28
10 Nancy Lott Henry – India – Matthew 18:15-20
17 Victor and Sara Makari – Israel/Palestine – Matthew 18:21-35
24 Susan Valiquette – South Africa – Matthew 20:1-16

American Baptist Churches

International Ministries Volunteers 

Pray for Mike and Becky Mann ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Thailand.

Mike is a global consultant for rural development for American Baptist International Ministries. Mike has more than 20 years of experience, and he's available to any of our international partners who are interested in developing water and/or agricultural projects.

Mike serves as Director of the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), through which he ministers among the hill tribes of northern Thailand. He is currently working on his doctorate in rural and community development at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. 

Becky, his wife, helps tribal farmers and women's groups, and works with the parents of special needs children. She also works with ITDP helping to market Thai coffee.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Roms. 12:12 NRSV