The Bell Ringer – June 14, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer  – June 14, 2020 – Children’s Sunday

 Service Outdoors This Evening

In addition to the morning online service, we will have a short outdoor service at 6 pm on the church lawn. We want to begin the process of in-person services, but we will do so cautiously, in accordance with state guidelines, and with the highest regard for everyone’s safety. Of course, we completely understand if you are not comfortable attending in-person services at this time.

If you are able to come to the outdoor service, please keep these things in mind:

  1. Keep a minimum 6-ft social distance with everyone who is not of our household.
  2. Masks are optional because the service is outdoors, but this makes the social distance requirement of 6-ft all the more important.
  3. Bring your own chair — we will, however, provide you with a chair if you are unable or forget to do so.
  4. Bring your own hymnal — we will, however, give you a hymnal to use if needed.
  5. When we sing, spread out from others more than 10-ft and try not to sing in the direction of anyone.
  6. We will have the church bathroom open for emergencies but try not to use it if at all possible (the service will be relatively short).

Note on weather:  The most recent weather forecast for Sunday at 6 pm is partly cloudy and 66. However, some showers are forecast for earlier in the afternoon. If the weather turns out to be unfavorable, we may have to cancel at a moment’s notice. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Email: alex.burgess.4@gmail.com   Call or text:  978-489-9941

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.

 Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:            Ordinary Time after Pentecost – from the day after Pentecost

until Advent (June 1 – November 28, 2020)

Color:              Green – for Christian growth and expansion of God’s Kingdom

This Sunday:   2nd Sunday after Pentecost – Children’s Sunday

 Sun, Jun 21:    3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary:     Jeremiah 20:7-13; Ps 69:7-18; Rom. 6:1b-11; Matt. 10:24-39

Hymns:           167 – When Morning Gilds the Skies; 570 – Faith of Our Fathers; 674 – I Need Thee Every Hour; 720 – Happy the Home When God Is There

Monthly Prayer Focus for June

Local Church Focus:  Congregational Church of West Newbury

Missions Focus:  Gideons International

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 June

Psalm 119:11,105 (ESV) – 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Proverbs 3: 5,6 (ESV) – 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel? We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

What does this mean? This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.

What does this mean about our place in the universe? It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God’s purposes.

What does this mean about human life? It means that all people are worthy of respect and honor, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

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