Reflections/Prayer

Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Week

October 13, 2019

 

Searching for answers in our lives, we come to you, O God, 

       Burdened by the cares we have, we turn to you,

                Spirit of hope.

For we long for the peace that only you can give.  

       Be in our midst, Holy One, as we worship you,  

And help us to share your peace with others.

      In the name of him who was the example of faithfulness, 

       Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Reflections

Thoughts for the Week

October 13, 2019

 

God, of your goodness give me yourself for you are sufficient for me. I cannot properly ask anything less, to be worthy of you. If I were to ask less, I should always be in want. In you alone do I have all.

Julian of Norwich

(1342-1416)

 

Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W.F. Purkiser

(b. 1910)

 

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. 

 

Pray for Eliberto and Molly Juarez endorsed to serve in El Salvador training volunteers to serve as agents of transformation. 

Eliberto Juárez and Molly Jamison Juárez 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 are committed to serve as agents of transformation in their communities. These volunteers 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. 

Molly writes - This weekend Eliberto and I had the privilege of attending the annual meeting of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. … The theme of the conference was “Deeply Rooted” and we had the pleasure to hear from Rev. Edgardo M. Caraballo, a Puerto Rican pastor.  

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ​​​​​​​

 Tom Liddle, East Timor - Luke 17:5-10
13 Phyllis Byrd, Kenya - Luke 17:11-19
20 Martha Mensendiek, Japan - Luke 18:1-8
27 Michael Joseph, Colombia - Luke 18:9-14


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 the people of Haiti facing great unrest and for our global servants Kihomi Ngwemi and Mabudiga Nzunga who are in country  

(Brian and Lynette Smith and Nancy and Steve James are presently in the United States.) 

Serious Civil unrest has once again disrupted life in Haiti.(read about it at https://www.compassionuk.org/news/haiti-unrest/) 

Kihomi and Nzunga serve as a vital link between International Ministries and the Haitian Baptist Convention. They preach in churches and serve through a variety of ministries. Nzunga teaches theology at the Christian University of Northern Haiti, trains assistant professors and administers a scholarship program for elementary- through university-age students. He manages the goat and pig projects for children, the clean water project for communities and the Cap-Haitian Eye Clinic. Kihomi works in counseling, women’s health, community health evangelism and economic development. She coordinates and advises the women’s association of the convention, representing women of all the Baptist denominations of Haiti at international conferences.  


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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV