The call of God summons us from easy chairs onto winding roads, rocky paths, and thorny ways. It puts into our minds a hope for new vistas, a craving for new understandings, a thirst for living life on a different plane of discovery.
-Rev. Keith Stuart
In utter and irrepressible grief we offer these words, giving collective voice to the anguish we all feel. God, hear our prayer:
For the nineteen children now dead: Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Uziyah Garcia, Jose Flores, Jr.; Tess Marie Mata; Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo; Annabell Rodriguez; Ellie Garcia; Elijah Torres; Jailah Silguero; Layla Salazar; Jayce Luevanos; Lexi Rubio; Alithia Ramirez; Jackie Cazares; Makenna Elrod; Maite Rodriguez; Miranda Mathis; Rojelio Torres
For the two teachers now dead: Irma Garcia; Eva Mireles
Let it never happen again. Ever. How much more can we bear, O Lord? How much more can we endure. Be our rock of refuge. Be our light of inspiration. Be our beacon of hope. Be the arms of love that hold us until the pain recedes. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. Amen.
Dover Congregational United Church of Christ stands with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Our congregation has donated over $10,000 to Ukraine relief efforts through Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the UCC Hope project.
If you would like to aide the efforts in Ukraine by contributing to any of these organizations, please click the link below:
You're invited to join us for a mission trip April 23-29, 2023 at Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. If you've never gone on a mission trip before please consider it. It's a life changing experience. Lots of hard work but lots of fun! You'll truly be glad to experience it. Back Bay Mission is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. It was started to help the children of immigrant fishermen and has now grown to include a food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless shelter and construction and rehab projects. Check out all the amazing work they do in the video link below.