The Bell Ringer – April 26, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – April 26, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

 CHRIST IS RISEN!

 Announcement: WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER

at 7 pm via Zoom – Come join us! Check Facebook, phone or email for more information.

 

COVID-19 Awareness

Until further notice, we will not be meeting at the church building 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.

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:            Easter – 50 days concluding with Pentecost (Apr 12 – May 31, 2020)

Color:              White – for the glory of Christ’s resurrection

This Sunday:    3rd Sunday of Easter

Sun, May 3:     4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Lectionary:     Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

Hymns:           184 – The King of Love My Shepherd Is; 87 – The Lord’s My

Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; 424 – Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and

Bless; 605 – All the Way My Savior Leads Me

Monthly Prayer Focus for April

Local Church Focus:  Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, Ward Hill – Fr Vart Gyozalyan, pastor

Missions Focus:  Barnabas Ministries

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 April

Romans 10:9-13 (ESV) – 9 Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What is Holy Baptism?  Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?  The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?  The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

What is required of us at Baptism?  It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

The following two questions are for those in our congregation who believe that the children of believers should be baptized. Like many churches in the CCCC, Ward Hill Church affirms as biblical and proper both this traditional Congregationalist understanding as well as the Baptist view that children of believers should wait to make their own profession of faith prior to baptism.

In essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity.

Why then are infants baptized?  Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.

How are the promises for infants made and carried out?  Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.

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