Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Day

July 12, 2020

Help us to lift the scales of blindness from our eyes,  

   And the limits of shortsightedness from our vision.

Help us to be faithful servants responding to your              word, 

   As we go about our daily lives and work.

Break down the chains of caution that bind us,

   And move us into future lives of righteousness.

In the name of him who points the way,

   Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen

Used by permission.


Thoughts for the Day

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Mark Twain

American writer


If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.

Linda McCartney


Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, 

who do not turn to the proud,

   to those who go astray after false gods.

You have multiplied, O Lord, my God,

   your wondrous deeds and your 

           thoughts toward us;

   none can compare with you.

Were I to proclaim and tell of them,

    they would be more than can be counted.

Psalm 40: 4–5


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Used by permission:

While many of us have benefited from social media to stay connected through this pandemic, there are those like the Wayuu in The Guajira that need us to physically go to them to receive their discipleship and care! Our support to FBC Cúcuta and Riohacha as they care for the migrant families from Venezuela is also vital, especially through this pandemic where resources for food is so limited. We praise God for the sewing machines that continue blessing so many; besides the blankets for the migrants, the machines are being used to make COVID-19 protection gear for the local hospitals. Therefore, we truly appreciate everything you do to make sure we remain in active service through ABFMS beyond our 20th anniversary! 

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Global Ministries

United Church of Christ

July 05–Raul F. Santiago Rivera, Puerto Rico
July 12–Brigitte Eale, Kenya
July 19–Cindy Moraga-Selva, Mexico
July 26–Thomas Smith, Korea

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 Carlos Bonilla and Mayra Giovanetti making and training disciples of Jesus in Colombia. 

Carlos and Mayra have been used by God in discipleship formation and training in churches in Chile, Spain, and Nicaragua. The BGs continue this work through UNIBAUTISTA with ethnic groups in Colombia, including in one of the most neglected areas of The Guajira-Northern Region. The BGs are long-term global servants since 2000 through International Ministries, registered as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. They love inten-tionally (Rom. 12:15) while correctly explaining the word of truth (2 Tim. 2.15), knowing God provides the growth (1 Cor. 3.6-9). 

They write - July: It is finally here!!! As of Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, your BGs (and throughout the month 6 of our global servant colleagues) reach an important milestone: 

20 years of ongoing service through the 
American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (ABFMS)! 

What two decades these have been thus far… It is time to stop, smell the roses, and recap the impact of your partnership, friendship, and love to us, and to our family in particular. We do so while experiencing the effects of this COVID-19 global pandemic… 

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV