Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Day

May 24, 2020




We come together in hope for peace in a time              of discord,

    For we are torn in senseless differences                    over symbols;

Help us to share the life that sprouts from                      obscurity and pain, 

    The men, women and children who seek to              sow peace. 

Be with us, O God, as we strive for a sense of              community

    At this important time in our personal lives                and society.

In the name of him who showed us the way to              make peace, 

  Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.


Thoughts for the Day

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Helen Keller

Educator for the blind



  1. To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind.


Roman Stoic philosopher

(4 BCE–65 CE)

I call upon you, O God,

for you will answer me;

incline your ear to me,

hear my words:

Wondrously show your steadfast love

 for you are the savior of all who seek refuge.

Psalm 17:6–7


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Used by permission:


Throughout our trip God gave both of us little confirmations of His calling and how He is redirecting our steps. Every time we met with one of the leaders of the Seminary, there was an instant connection. It was as if old colleagues had gathered back together after having been working separately on other tasks. There was a sense of meshing of personalities and gifts to create a dynamic whole. This is of great importance once one knows the history of the seminary. 

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ



3 – Rosalind Gnatt, Germany
10 – Bosela Eale, Kenya
17 – Leda Zakarison, Lebanon
24 – Carlos Sediles-Real, Mexico

31 – Anne Gregory, Thailand

American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God's reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation.

Pray for Peter and Sarah McCurdy continuing their ministry of equipping leaders in Mexico City. 

       The Rev. Peter and Sarah McCurdy serve in Mexico City at the invitation of the Baptist Theological Seminary, a partner of IM. Peter’s ministry focus is theological education, spiritual direction, and spiritual formation. He serves seminary students, seeking to provide a safe and nurturing environment for them, their families, and others pursuing a call to ministry. Sarah, a former French teacher, is developing her role as an educator and spiritual director. Peter and Sarah’s hope is that, through their ministries, hearts and minds will be changed, and people will grow into the image of Christ. 

They write - Dear Friends, 

       We have some exciting news to share with you all! After much prayer and many conversations, it has become evident to us and International Ministries that God is calling our family to minister and partner with a new country of service. Joyfully we share with you that God is calling our family to minister in Mexico City at the invitation of the Baptist Theological Seminary, a partner of International Ministries. 

At the very beginning of March, we (Peter & Sarah) traveled to Mexico City for a discovery trip. We spent a lot of time getting to know IM’s partner, Baptist Theological Seminary. Time was spent getting to know each other, the seminary community, potential bilingual schools for Sam & Elianna, Mexican culture & history, and potential housing options. ​​​​​​​

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV