The Bell Ringer – August 16, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – August 16, 2020

 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.

 

Move Online Service to 8:30 AM? Let us know what you think!

As we consider the eventual return to 10 am in-person service (most likely outdoors, at first), we would like to keep the format of the online service as it is for the foreseeable future. To do that, however, we would need to change the time. Is 8:30 too early for the Sunday online service? Let us know what you think (contact by phone, email, or Facebook). Thank you!

 

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:   11th Sunday after Pentecost

Sun, Aug 23:   12th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary:     Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

Hymns:           61 – O God, No Longer Holy Thy Peace; 638 – Savior, Thy

Dying Love Thou Gavest Me

 

Monthly Prayer Focus for August

Local Church Focus:  Free Christian Church, Andover – Jon Paul, pastor

Missions Focus:  Missionary Air Group – Sean Donnelly

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 August

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Galatians 5:22,23 (ESV) – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

 

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

What did the Messiah promise in the New Covenant? Christ promised to bring us into the kingdom of God and give life in all its fullness.

What response did Christ require? Christ commanded us to believe in him and to keep his commandments.

What are the commandments taught by Christ? Christ taught us the Summary of the Law and gave us the New Commandment.

What is the Summary of the Law? You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

What is the New Commandment? The New Commandment is that we love one another as Christ loved us.

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