The Bell Ringer – The Lord’s Day, July 5, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – July 5, 2020

Happy Independence!

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’re able to attend, 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).

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:   5th Sunday after Pentecost

Sun, Jul 12:     6th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary:     Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11;

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Hymns:           147 – O God of Light, Thy Word a Lamp Unfailing; 455 – And Can It Be That I Should Gain

 

Monthly Prayer Focus for July

Local Church Focus:  First Congregational Church, Boxford – Andrew James, pastor

Missions Focus:  Partners in Development, Haiti and Guatemala

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 July

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

 Luke 10:27 (ESV) – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What are the Ten Commandments? The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

What do we learn from these commandments? We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.

What is our duty to God? Our duty is to believe and trust in God;

I – To love and obey God and to bring others to know him;

II – To put nothing in the place of God;

II – To show God respect in thought, word, and deed;

IV – And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God’s ways.

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