The Bell Ringer for March 29, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

  COVID-19 Awareness

Until further notice, we will not be meeting for services or gatherings of any kind. If you can, please join us at our web site or on Facebook. We will be livestreaming services at 10 am. There are also other good livestreaming options by Park Street Church and other local churches.

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:            Lent – 40 days and 6 Sundays prior to Easter (Feb 26-Apr 11, 2020)

Color:              Purple – for repentance

Today:            Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sun, Mar 29:   Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday

Lectionary:     Liturgy of the Palms – Psalm 118:1-2,19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

                        Liturgy of the Passion – Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16;

Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

Hymns:           235 – All Glory, Laud, and Honor; 182 – My Song Is Love

Unknown; 163 – At the Name of Jesus

 

Monthly Prayer Focus for March

Local Church Focus:  Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford – Fr Delaney, pastor

Missions Focus:  Community Meals and Somebody Cares New England

Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (http://www.egc.org/refugee)

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief – worldrelief.org

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA – opendoorsusa.org

 

Monthly Scripture Memory for March

Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) – 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What is the ministry of the laity?

The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

What is the ministry of the diaconate?

The ministry of deacons and deaconesses is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist the clergy in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the pastoral care of the Church.

What is the ministry of pastors?

As ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament, pastors – also called elders, presbyters (priests), and overseers (bishops) — are to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel and the Word of God; to administer the sacraments; to bless and declare pardon in the name of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to guide the ordination of others to continue Christ’s ministry.

What is the duty of all Christians?

The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

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