Pastor Joyce's Message

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The news coverage of Black Lives Matter protests that involved violence and looting had a great deal of coverage when they occurred. What has not received an equal amount of coverage are the armed intimidating crowds of people against those who want to rebuild this society into a truly open one.

Over the past two weeks in small towns across America local rallies calling for racial justice have been badgered and threatened by armed groups of people shouting epithets and pushing peaceful rally goers. One that caught my attention was in Bethel, Ohio, a town of about 2710 people about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati. 

A local schoolteacher had called for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the town’s small minority population. She expected about 50 people; about a hundred showed up. But more than 700 “anti-protesters” descended on them, some with guns and baseball bats. The town’s police department of six was not prepared. The video by one of the peaceful group is very disturbing. You can feel the anger.  Why are they so angry?  Why is America so angry?

Prayer for the Day

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Used with permission:

Troubled and perplexed, we come to you, O Lord of             light, 

   Searching for answers, but do we even know the               questions to ask?

Puzzled and dismayed, we beseech you, O God of                 justice,

    To guide us in the paths of mercy and                             righteousness.

Help us to heal divisions and increase understanding

     So we move from darkness into the light.

In the name of him who is your light,

     Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Thoughts for the Day

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burnt.

Gautama Buddha

(5th century BCE)


Anger is a cover for fear.

Donna Goddard

Australian religious writer

Commit your way to the Lord; 

           trust in God and God will act.

The Lord will make your vindication

           shine like the light, 

      and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

Psalm 37:5–6