Pastor Joyce's sermons


Prayer for the Day

August 2, 2020


O God, Source of life, Creator of Peace, 

     Help us in this confusing time

Granting us the ability to stretch across boundaries

     Whether political, religious, or national.

Give us the courage to confront fear and hatred

     And to continue to search for justice, peace,                 and truth 

As we search for a future full of the promises we               have made,  

      In the name of him who offers us your                       promise of peace,

      Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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Thoughts for the Day

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. 

Norman Borlaug

agricultural scientist



True compassion recognizes that a society that creates beggars needs to be totally restructured. 

Anne Braden

civil rights activist



But wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers . . . . ” 

Luke 10:29–30


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Global Ministries

United Church of Christ

August 02 – Violeta Rocha, Nicaragua
August 09 – Monica Liddle, East Timor
August 16 – Fiona Kendall, Italy
August 23 – Mark Knowles, Lesotho
August 30 – Judy Chan, Hong Kong

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 Ketley and Vital Pierre working in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members. 

      One way Ketley and Vital  do this is by leading and coordinating seminars and workshops. Through these sessions, pastors and leaders of local congregations learn how to start and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities. The Pierres also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, and encourage and facilitate Haitian mission work both within the D.R. and abroad. 

      They write - “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  Isaiah 43: 18 – 19a (NIV)   

       Several months ago we reported that the Community Center in La Romana, Dominican Republic, was being used as a food distribution site during the pandemic.  Not only did many hungry Haitian families within the Alliance of Baptist Churches receive food, but also many neighbors in the area surrounding the center were given food.  What an impact this ministry has had!  On the first Sunday when in-person services were held at the Oasis Church at the Community Center (pictured), there were 15 new attendees and 8 of those professed Christ as Lord and Savior.  Yes!  “God is doing a new thing!” 

       Besides the distribution of rice, beans, and other essentials at the Community Center, the Baptist Alliance has also helped multiple families with rent assistance. It has been a blessing to see the leaders of churches throughout La Romana find funds to assist those who have been without income for the past 4 months!  In the midst of covid-19 stresses, the Baptist Alliance has been an encouragement to those suffering.   

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV