The Bell Ringer – Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – May 10, 2020 – Mother’s Day

 Happy Mother’s Day!  Thanks to all mothers or all who have been like mothers! We really appreciate you!

 WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER at 7 pm via Zoom

Come join us! Check Facebook, phone or email for more information.

 Sacred Hearts Food Pantry in Bradford Needs Donations – The need has never been greater. If you can, please donate food to the food pantry at 6 Carleton Avenue or send a check to Sacred Hearts Parish at 48 S. Chestnut Street, Bradford, MA 01835.

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:    5th Sunday of Easter

Sun, May 17:   6th Sunday of Easter

Lectionary:     Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Hymns:           529 – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling; 292 – Who Shall

Ascend the Mountain of the Lord; 478 – I Love to Tell the Story

 

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 Ordination?  Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made Ministers of Word and Sacrament, through prayer and the laying on of hands by the congregation and other ordained ministers.

What is Holy Matrimony?  Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

What is Reconciliation of a Penitent?  Reconciliation is the confession of sin to God in the presence of God’s people, whereby the penitent receives the assurance and grace of pardon.

What is Unction of the Sick?  Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.

Is God’s activity limited to these ordinances?  God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

How are the sacraments and other ordinances related to our Christian hope? Sacraments and other ordinances sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment.

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