The Bell Ringer – December 13, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – December 13, 2020 – Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

No Midweek Meeting This Week

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:              Purple – preparing our hearts for the Coming King

This Sunday:   Third Sunday of Advent – Joy

Sun, Dec 13:    Fourth Sunday of Advent – Peace

Lectionary:     2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Luke 1:46b-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Hymns:           196 – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; 203 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Next Season:   Christmas – Twelve Days from December 25 – January 5

Color:             White – celebrating the nativity and childhood of Jesus

Monthly Prayer Focus for December

Local Church Focus:  King of Grace Church, Bradford – Paul Buckley, pastor 

Missions Focus:  Pregnancy Care Center of MV and So.NH

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 December

John 3:16,17 (ESV) – 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel?

A.  We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

Q.  What does this mean?

A.  This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.

Q.  What does this mean about our place in the universe?

A.  It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God’s purposes.

Q.  What does this mean about human life?

A.  It means that all people are worthy of respect and honor, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

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