Pastor Joyce's sermons


May 20, 2018

Pentecost May 20, 2018

Mistress of the wind, flame of God, who endows us with life’s breath,

    Who kindles love’s flame and commends faith’s conviction,

Stir us with God’s fiery love and a deeper understanding of truth,

  The truth that shows the way to justice and mercy.

Holy Wisdom, who opens our minds and hearts,

  Be our Advocate as we seek to live in truth and love.

In the name of him who opened us to understanding,

        Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.



Thoughts for the Week

May 20, 2018

Pentecost May 20, 2018

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple.They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. 

N.T. Wright,

Theologian and historian

Holy Spirit, Wild Goose, Great Spirit, Wild Goose of the Almighty, be my eye in the dark places; be my host in the wild places; be my brood in the barren places; be my formation in the lost places.

Ray Simpson,

Community of Aiden and Hilda, Lindesfarne

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

UCC Global Ministries


 6 Amelia Casillas and Pedro Carlo Muñiz –      Paraguay
13 (Mothers Day) Kearstin Bailey –                  Hungary
20 John Campbell-Nelson – Indonesia 
27 Judy Chan – Hong Kong

ABC International Ministries

Pray concerning an Ebola outbreak in the D.R. Congo as reported by Dr. Tim and Kathy Rice.

Dr. Tim and Kathy are associate missionaries jointly appointed by both International Ministries and New City Fellowship in St. Louis to serve as medical missionaries at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

They write - Dear Friends,

In case you didn't hear, there is an Ebola outbreak in DRC. Vanga is about 250 miles directly south of the outbreak. We have no suspected cases at this time Fortunately, Vanga is far from the major roads, so it's not likely patients will come directly here. 

Nevertheless, we are working with our hospital team, local and national officials to be prepared in case people flee the outbreak area and come here for care. Thanks to some generous individuals, these past years we have a completely separate area away from the hospital to care for any kind of contagious patient. 

We are praying, planning, and purchasing to prepare. Thanks to all our donors who faithfully support us. This makes it possible for us to already be on the ground encouraging our brothers and sisters here in Vanga. 

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV