The Bell Ringer – November 22, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

Thanksgiving Service – WEDNESDAY ONLINE at 7 pm – We will have our Thanksgiving Eve Service on Facebook Live this Wednesday at 7 pm. Hope you can join us in giving thanks for the goodness of the Lord!

Angel Tree Christmas Gifts – Christmas is coming – in one month! 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:   Christ the King Sunday – Last Sunday after Pentecost

Next Season:   Advent – Sunday nearest Nov 30 to Dec 24 at sunset

Color:              Purple – for repentance and preparation for Christ’s Coming

Sun, Nov 29:   First Sunday of Advent – Hope          

Lectionary:     Isaiah 64:1-9; Ps 80:1-7,17-19; 1 Cor. 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Hymns:           318 – Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending; 327 – One Day He’s Coming

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 the Holy Eucharist?

A.  The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.

Q.  Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?

A.  Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.

Q.  By what other names is this service known?

A.  The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.

Q.  What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?

A.  The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command.

Q.  What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?

A.  The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith.

Q.  What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper?

A.  The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.

Q.  What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?

A. It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.

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