November 29: "Waiting and Hopeful" By Pastor Steve Baden

Pastor Steve focuses on Matthew 24: 36-44 in this sermon celebrating First Advent. The sermon title, “Waiting and Hopeful”, mirrors the state of Christian hearts on First Advent. We celebrate the birth of Christ and await his Second Coming with hopeful hearts as stated in the text of Matthew 24: 36-37: "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” The days leading up to the birth of Christ, celebrated through each Advent and Christmas Eve, are filled with joy and expectancy. Just as with the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, faithful Christian believers are counseled in scripture to always be righteous and ready to receive the Holy Spirit of Christ. Matthew 24 verse 44: “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

PLEASE DONATE ONLINE TO DCCC

We are excited to announce that DCCC opened its doors again on October 11 and in-person worship services are bi-monthly through 2020.  We will alternate online and in-church worship services.  Upcoming bi-monthly in-church Sunday services in 2020 are Dec. 6 & 20.  

For online worship Sundays and tithing, we have set up online giving to accept credit cards or PayPal.  You can designate your gift to support the Church Renovation project by writing "Church Renovation" on your check or under ADD A NOTE in PayPal. See the web page titled "Church Makeover" for more information. To donate, simply click on the link below or paste it into your web browser should you wish to give to DCCC:

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November 22: "Christ In Our Midst" by Pastor Steve Baden

The parable told by Jesus in the last week of his life, Matthew 25: 31-46, was the focus of Pastor Steve’s sermon titled, “Seeing Christ In Our Midst.” Jesus’ parable tells of nations (like goats and sheep) gathering before the Son of Man in his glory and the sheep being shepherded to the right of our Savior for salvation. Pastor Steve noted in his message that the future is in our hands as Christians and that we have a Biblical map to follow to salvation. In Matthew 25: 34-36 Jesus tells us that the King will say to the sheep (or nations) that he shepherd to his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Jesus’ parable teaches Christians that we must recognize that God’s children here on earth surround us. As Christians, we must daily strive to do God’s good deeds through the work of our own hands and be thankful for the blessings of the countless human hands that serve us all, many not recognized by us as the servants of God sent to help us. We all are judged by the manner of the life we live for God: loving and serving others.

Friend Don Hasbrouck shared this prayer sent to him by friends and asked that we post it online to share and ask others to join in the prayer. The original prayer is posted at:
https://www.simeast.org/sim-global/2020/3/9/covid-19-day-of-prayer.

Many thanks to Don for sharing this prayer!

Prayer by Pastor Steve Baden: For Help During COVID-19 Pandemic

Billy Graham once said, “Prayer is more than a wish; it is the voice of faith directed to God.”

Prayer is our way of connecting to Him.  Heaven must be full of answers to prayers for which no one has ever bothered to ask.

There are no exact words we need to say when we pray.  We talk to God like we would to a friend.  We tell him exactly how we’re feeling and what may be upsetting to us.  We can tell him how scared we may be, how angry we may have become, how lonely we are, even how depressed or anxious we are.

Remember, there is Someone who cares about our heart and soul and what we are currently experiencing - and that Someone loves us more than we can possibly imagine.

Let’s connect with Him now:

Heavenly Father, we are so dependent upon You.  This virus reminds us of just how frail we are.

During His time on earth, your Son showed Your power and compassionate love by healing people of physical, mental and spiritual ailments.  Be with us now and all those dear to us who need Your loving touch.  May we feel Your power of healing within us.

And we pray for all who are affected.  Take our fears, anxieties, and feelings of isolation – giving us all a sense of purpose in pursuing health as we protect others from exposure to this disease.  Protect our families and friends and bring us healing and peace.

And as families adjust to being home with one another during this closure of businesses and schools, guide Your people in these new realities.  May spouses treat each other with grace and love.  May tired parent speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children.  Help children everywhere to find creative ways to experience the beauty of all that You have created as they continue to learn.

Father God, it can be scary and overwhelming not knowing how bills and obligations will be met and we may wonder how we are to provide for our families.  As we feel the strain, bring comfort and peace, reminding us that You are always with us – in whatever situation we may be in, wherever we might be.  Please provide for all who are in need.

As we endure this new normal in our lives, we earnestly pray for the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who put their very lives at risk for their neighbors.  Give them strength and keep them safe so they might push back against this virus.

We pray for all who are working on vaccines and testing.  Thank You for gifting them with knowledge and wisdom.  We pray that they will endure as they seek breakthroughs in their work.

Lord, You are our Great Physician.  Bless all who need healing from this disease.  And as our Great Comforter, we pray that You will comfort troubled hearts everywhere.

We pray for the people of this great nation, and the people of the world.  We pray that You will guide our President, our Congress and all officials that they will lead with wisdom and strength and discernment.  We pray that they will communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly – with each other and with the public, that their messages are received and heeded.  May truth and empathy be at the forefront as they set policies for our protection.

And Lord, everything is in your control, so we ask that you will keep this virus from spreading.  You are our Refuge and Strength, our ever-present Help in time of trouble.

We give thanks for your great love and mercy.  As we approach the Easter season, we give thanks for the hope we find in Your Son, Jesus Christ – and in His most holy name we pray.  Amen.

 

In response to questions about tithing and gifts. While the church doors are closed, donations to the church are best sent in the form of personal checks. Please make checks payable to DCCC and mail via United States Postal Service to:
Duck Creek Community Church
HC 82 Box 1017, 830 East Church Drive
Duck Creek Village, UT 84762
Please do not send cash.

Welcome to DCCC online worship during COVID-19 social distancing

We welcome you to join us each Sunday to hear Pastor Steve's message in an online audio format while regular Sunday services are suspended. Please view the introductory messages about how we can become carriers of our Savior's messages of love, hope, and faith during this challenging time as we together face the threat of the Corona Virus and do our part to help everyone stay healthy. Dress is casual for church services so jeans and t-shirts are appropriate both while worshiping from the comfort of your home and when attending regular Sunday service.

We Shall Overcome

Let us stay strong together in Christian love and faith, demonstrating understanding and wisdom, as we face the challenges of COVID-19 in 2020. It is important to remember that our church is more than a building. We encourage you to feed your faith by daily reading of The Bible as we embrace more solitude and social distancing. We pray that we will all worship together soon in our "little church in the meadow."