The first Pastor of Mission Hills United Church of Christ was the Rev. John Doane.
On January 1, 1913, he shared this prayer with the congregation:
A Prayer for the New Year
For all the blessings of the passing years, we thank Thee, Lord.
For every budding hope we pray for blossom and fruition
throughout the coming year.
Lead us aright; teach us Thy truth, we pray.
Help us to love and serve Thee and our fellow men.
And keep us faithful – happy, if Thou wilt –
But faithful all the days.