The Bell Ringer – August 30, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – August 30, 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.

 

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:   13th Sunday after Pentecost

 Sun, Sep 6:   14th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary:     Ezekiel 33:7-11; Ps 119:33-40; Rom. 13:8-14; Matt. 18:15-20

Hymns:           700 – Come, We That Love the Lord; 584 – Go, Labor On

 

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 is the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, God at work in the world and in the Church even now.

How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the Old Covenant?  The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Old Covenant as the giver of life, the One who spoke through the prophets.

How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Covenant?  The Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.

How do we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.

How do we recognize the truths taught by the Holy Spirit?  We recognize truths to be taught by the Holy Spirit when they are in accord with the Scriptures.

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