The Bell Ringer – November 1, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – November 1, 2020

Happy All Saints Sunday!

Note:  There will be no outdoor gathering today.

MIDWEEK PRAYER/STUDY ON ZOOM RESUMES THIS WEDNESDAY at 7 pm – This week we will focus on prayer for the persecuted Church.

Angel Tree Christmas Gifts – Christmas is coming – in under two months! The Angel Tree Christmas gift program for children of prisoners is becoming a wonderful Ward Hill Church tradition! What a great way to serve, and many thanks to Anne Smith for organizing it. We will be serving 8 children from 4 families this year. We need people to either buy gifts or distribute them (or do both!). Please contact Anne Smith if you wish to participate.

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:   All Saints Day — 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Sun, Nov 8:     Int’l Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church – 23 Pentecost

Lectionary:     Amos 5:18-24; Ps 70; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Hymns:           156 – O Lord, How Shall I Meet You; 357 – Let New Choirs of Anthem Raise

Monthly Prayer Focus for November

Local Church Focus:  First Baptist Church, Haverhill – Rick Harrington, pastor 

Missions Focus:  Cru Mission – Josh and Janelle Frederico

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 November

Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is Ordination?

A.  Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made Ministers of Word and Sacrament, through prayer and the laying on of hands by the congregation and other ordained ministers.

Q.  What is Holy Matrimony?

A.  Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

Q.  What is Reconciliation of a Penitent?

A.  Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.

Q.  What is Unction of the Sick?

A.  Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.

Q.  Is God’s activity limited to these sacraments and other ordinances?

A.  God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

Q.  How are the sacraments and other ordinances related to our Christian hope?

A.  Sacraments and other ordinances sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment.

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