The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – July 26, 2020
NO MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK
We will resume on Wednesday, August 5.
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:
- Keep a minimum 6-ft social distance with everyone who is not of our household.
- Masks are optional because the service is outdoors, but this makes the social distance requirement of 6-ft all the more important.
- Bring your own chair — we will, however, provide you with a chair if you are unable or forget to do so.
- Bring your own hymnal — we will, however, give you a hymnal to use if needed.
- When we sing, spread out from others more than 10-ft and try not to sing in the direction of anyone.
- 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: email@example.com Call or text: 978-489-9941
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: 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Sun, Aug 2: 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary: Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145:8-9,14-21;
Romans 9:1-5; Matthew. 14:13-21
Hymns: 166 – Wondrous King, All-Glorious; 596 – You Came to Us,
Dear Jesus; 245 – As Jacob with Travel Was Weary One Day
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 is meant by the Messiah? The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.
Who do we believe is the Messiah? The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son of God.
What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God? We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.
What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus? God is love.