February 28: "Recipe for Righteousness" by Pastor Steve Baden

Pastor Steve’s sermon is based on two Old and New Testament scriptural invitations that demonstrate God’s eagerness to have all of His children walk a path of righteousness and faithfulness while daily inviting God into their hearts through prayer and supplication. Pastor’s message emphasizes the teaching that every Christian son and daughter has a unique calling in life assigned by God. As Jesus stated in the Gospel of Mark, “…whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” The New Testament, Mark 8: 31-38, tells of Jesus asking his disciples to follow in his footsteps to Jerusalem and to take up their crosses. Mark 8: 34: “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16, in the Old Testament, relates how Abram, at the age of 99 years, must make a decision to believe in God’s promise to make Abram a father of many nations. Abram, renamed Abraham by God, must have faith in God’s covenant and God’s plan for he and his family’s life. He is called to blamelessly and righteously follow wherever God’s commandments might lead him and his family. Pastor Steve teaches that God is reaching out to each of us on this very day as we walk forward in life. We are called to follow in the footsteps of our Savior Jesus Christ, to take up the individual crosses laid before us to bear in life and to follow God’s “Recipe for Righteousness.”

PLEASE DONATE ONLINE TO DCCC

DCCC is returning to online services only through March 2021 as a safeguard with rising COVID numbers.  Upcoming services for 2021 will be posted as COVID safeguards and concerns are taken into consideration for the New Year.

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: HC 82 Box 1017 Duck Creek Village UT 84762-8200.  For online worship Sundays and tithing, we also 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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February 21: "Feed Faith-Starve Fear" by Pastor Steve Baden

For most of us, it is easier to say the words "Give your cares and worries to God." than to actually do the deed of letting go. In this sermon, Pastor Steve quotes scripture and talks about the world we live in to help the listener reach a greater understanding of how fear undermines Christian faith. He notes that fear affects all of us at least once or twice in a lifetime, but Pastor counsels us that being afraid does not need to fill our hearts, for we do indeed have a friend in Jesus. This sermon points out that fear is a two-edged sword: it has the ability to save us from recklessness, but it also can destroy the good life that God wants us to live. For God tells us in Hebrews 13: 5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Tales of fear overshadowing faith are found in the Old Testament, specifically frightened scouts returning from the land of Canaan to give Moses negative reports in Numbers 13: 1-33, and the story of Joseph as told in Genesis, wherein Joseph chose a heart of gratitude instead of fear despite all the trials and tribulations he faced. Fear attacking the Christian heart is also found in the scripture of the New Testament and yet each story tells how faith in God and being thankful for all that God has given us is the best salve for our souls. 1 Peter 5: 7 advises, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” In final analysis, Christians must always strive to have faith and to use their intellect in order to steadfastly walk toward the abundant life and Fruit of the Spirt that our Savior intended us to experience as God’s children.

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."