The Bell Ringer – May 3, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – May 3, 2020 – Christ the Good Shepherd Sunday

 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:    4th Sunday of Easter

Sun, May 10:     5th Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day

Lectionary:     Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5,15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-20; John 14:1-14

Hymns:           181 – We Come, O Christ, to You; Red Hymnal – Faith of Our

Mothers; 719 – A Christian Home

 

Monthly Prayer Focus for May

Local Church Focus:  West Congregational Church – Chris Ziegler, 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 May

Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What is the Holy Eucharist?  The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.

Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?  Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.

By what other names is this service known?  The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.

What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?  The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command.

What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?  The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith.

What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper?  The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.

What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?  It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.

 

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