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Prayer for the Week

January 13, 2019

O God, who calls us to be instruments of your peace,

    We acknowledge that we look to rules instead of love;

Open us to your spirit of reconciling love,

     And wash away from us anger, envy, and jealousy.

So we are healed by your grace in our lives

     And knit together in community.

We ask this in the name of him who taught us to live with                grace,

Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Thoughts for the Week

January 13, 2019


Genuine repentance is not the feeling of sorrow about wrong actions but it is the act of the whole person in which he separates himself from certain elements of his being, discards them into the past as something that no longer has any power over the present.

Paul Tillich

American theologian



We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell




I have always been delighted at the

prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J B Priestley



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

Pray for Jonathan and Thelma Nambu, caring for and empowering women in the Philippines and partnering to combat human trafficking in Asia and around the world.

Jonathan and Thelma are associate missionaries appointed by International Ministries in partnership with Samaritana Transformation Ministries, an organization committed to sharing and living out the gospel among women caught in prostitution. The Nambus’ ministry involves caring for and empowering women in the Philippines, as well as developing partnerships in Asia and around the world towards prostitution-free societies.

United Church of Christ

Global Ministries


 Cara McKinney, Mexico - Matt 2:1-12
13 Kearstin Bailey, Greece -

           Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
20 Paul Turner, Democratic Republic of                       Congo – John 2:1-11
27 Rosalind Gnatt, Germany - Luke 4:14-21


American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

Pray for Kathy and Tim Rice training health care workers and ministering to the medical needs of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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 are contributing to the training of nursing and medical students for Christ-centered, whole person care. The Rice's vision is to train the next generation of Congolese doctors and nurses in Christ-centered, whole-person care, empowering them to use the limited resources available to restore life and health across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Their desire is to facilitate worldwide partnerships, enabling health professionals to participate in mutual exchange of expertise at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital and elsewhere in the world.

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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV