Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Week

July 14, 2019


We hear familiar stories O God, that tell us how to              serve you,

   And we nod in agreement thinking we would                  cross the road.                      

It’s easier when the stories are about times that                  are distant,

     And we don’t have to draw the connections to               us today.

Bestow your grace on us, welcoming one,                           enabling us to see;

     The neighbors who live in our midst.

In the name of him who is the instrument of your                grace,

     Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.


Thoughts for the Week

July 14, 2019


Courage means being aware of the worst that can happen, being scared to death, but then doing It anyway.

Rev. William Sloane Coffin


Compassion is a verb. 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddhist philosopher

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.

Henry James



Our Congregation


Prayer is a way we gain strength from God as we face life's burdens and concerns as well as joys. Please use the e-mail link to have your name, your concerns or your joys added to our prayer list. Prayer requests are confidential, known to God and the pastor. licensed

Pray for Eliberto and Molly Juarez endorsed to serve in El Salvador in ministries of peace building and social transformation.

Eliberto Juarez and Molly Jamison Juarez are endorsed to serve as global servants in El Salvador with IM partner Mision Vida y Paz (MVP), or Mission Life and Peace. They share a strong commitment to peace building and social transformation through the power of the gospel. MVP is an educational program based on biblical values to be used in public schools in El Salvador. The couple will build the MVP program by educating and training Christian volunteers who will work with Molly, a sociologist, and Eliberto, a student of economics, to deploy the MVP curriculum. They seek to see churches living out their calling to bring God's peace to children, families and communities.


United Church of Christ

Global Ministries



7   Carmelo Alvarez, Venezuela - Luke 10:1-11,                16-20
14 Fritz Gerald Joseph, Morocco - Luke 10:25-37
21 Victoria Peagler, Botswana - Luke 10:38-42
28 Marilyn Cooper, Ecuador - Luke 11:1-13

American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 


Pray for Nora and Pieter Kalkman helping volunteers minister to the church in Europe and the Middle East.

         Nora and Pieter are regional missionaries serving as coordinators of short-term mission (STM) with the European Baptist Federation. They facilitate life-changing mission experiences by matching the interests of volunteers with the needs of the 50+ Baptist conventions in Europe and the Middle East. With only 2.5% Evangelical Christians, Europe is a priority mission field. Nora and Pieter travel extensively, roaming the front- lines of ministry while identifying STM opportun-ities for groups and individuals to effectively multiply mission efforts.

They write - Here are our prayer requests -

–For our walk with God, that we may grow in faith and reflect God’s glory in our daily pilgrimage.

–For safe travels and wisdom from above while we are assessing projects and matching volunteers’ skills with the various tasks and needs.

–For more volunteers for Vacation Bible Schools and English-as-a-second-language summer camps.

–For opportunities to share the gospel (in an atheist context) in the outreach program at Logos Language Program in Prague.

–For our light construction projects: helping a young church comprised partly of Iranian refugees in Vienna with a newly obtained ballroom sanctuary and outreach facility.

–For our work with churches in various countries in their refugee outreaches, aid projects and relief work.


El Salvador, Central America’s smallest country, boasts of beautiful landscapes and hardworking people. It also suffers from gang violence and lack of opportunity, forcing many people to migrate to other countries.

As we began working with this group of pastors in Chalchuapa, we quickly discovered the need for a new vision of sharing the Gospel with young people. Our churches were active and strong, yet violence and migration continued to mark many families. As we dialogued, the demand became clear: we, as Christians, needed to create a new program that showed how our faith can provide practical solutions to the daily challenges of students. As this program took shape, with help and input from a diverse group of leaders, we decided to name it “Misión Vida y Paz” (MVP), which in English means “Mission Life and Peace.”

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV