Pastor Joyce's sermons

Vulnerable and uneasy, we pray that you will give                 us hope, 

      Though the world around us can only see the                 tinsel but not the light.

Anxious and troubled, we search for a peace that                  seems to elude us

      While the world goes about the business of                    marketing our dreams. 

Yet, within our souls, we know, O Holy One, that                  our hope rests in You,

      Lighting the dark places in our souls. 

In the name of him who gives us our hope,  

     Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

Prayer for the Week

December 1, 2019

God of holiness and life, be with us as we worship              this morning,  

     Reaching within each of us for our hopes and                longings. 

 Help us as we wrestle with the dreams and                        demons of our lives,    

      Bringing us to a new understanding of your                  will for the world.  

  Write within each of our hearts your law of love                and justice, 

      As we strive to fulfill your promise of grace to                the world.

In the name of the One who opened us to your                  grace,

   Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen. 



Thoughts for the Week

December 1, 2019

We were about to join a community of the stricken who would not lie down and die.  Together, we beat down the doors of the system and made it take our count …. it could be argued that we're out there for ourselves, of course, and the ones we cannot live without.  But on the way, we have become something new, passing the word till hope is kindled in places so dark that you can't see your own hand in front of your eye.

Paul Monette 


On Borrowed Time


A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes ... and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer



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 Kristy Engel, IM’s Global Consultant for Health Care Issues.

Kristy Engel is a pediatric nurse practitioner who as a global consultant focuses on the health of individuals worldwide.  She is about to embark on a ministry journey with two women from Australia.  Hands Around the World will be a two-month journey.  This ministry opportunity will allow Kristy, Meg and Aleisha to meet with local leaders in six countries.  They will be learning about healthy outreach models and how to participate in these models.  This team would appreciate your prayers for safety, health, endurance, building relationships and open hearts and minds to what they will learn. 

Many of us will be sitting together with family and friends very soon to celebrate Christmas. We will be in the comfort of our homes over the next few months.  Please lift these women in prayer.  There will be personal challenges for them as individuals and as a team.  They will see the challenges that people around the world face daily.  Please pray for the Hands Around the World ministry trip.  

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ​​​​​​​

1   Kahala Cannon, eSwatini - Matthew 24:36-44
 Elena Huegel, Mexico - Matthew 3:1-12
15 Israel/Palestine - Matthew 11:2-11
22 Michael Joseph, Colombia - Matthew 1:18-25
29 Judy Chan, Hong Kong - Matthew 2:13-23

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 Larry and Rebecca Stanton serving in Hungary and beyond.

Larry and Becky are currently serving with International Ministries partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Baptist Union of Hungary. Becky works with schools in the eastern region of the country, primary and elementary community schools in Téglás and a technical high school in Debrecen. Larry assists Serbian Baptist churches in Stara Moravica and Paçer with their service to the community and to refugees along the Balkan route. Larry and Becky’s three daughters attend local schools, learning Hungarian and teaching English as only children can.

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV