The Bell Ringer – May 24, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

May 24, 2020 – 7th Sunday of Easter – Ascension Sunday

 On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service to the United States of America.

We honor their memories and pray for their loved ones. We are grateful.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER at 7 pm via Zoom:  Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. 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:    7th Sunday of Easter – Ascension

Sun, May 31:   Pentecost Sunday

Color:              Red – for the tongues of fire brought by the Holy Spirit

Lectionary:     Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 7:37-39

Hymns:           332 – Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove; 341 – O Breath of Life, Come Sweeping Through Us; 334 – Breathe on Me, Breath of God

 

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 do we mean by the resurrection of the body?  We mean that God will raise us from death in the fullness of our being, that we may live with Christ in the communion of the saints.

What is the communion of saints?  The communion of saints is the whole family of God, the living and the dead, those whom we love and those whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament, prayer, and praise.

What do we mean by everlasting life?  By everlasting life, we mean a new existence, in which we are united with all the people of God, in the joy of fully knowing and loving God and each other.

What, then, is our assurance as Christians?  Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

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