The Bell Ringer – December 27, 2020

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – December 27, 2020 – Christmas Sunday

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! May God bless and keep you in 2021.

No Midweek Meeting This Week – Next scheduled Midweek Meeting is Wed., Jan. 13

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:             White – celebrating the nativity and childhood of Jesus

This Sunday:   Christmas Sunday – 1st Sunday after Christmas Day

Sun, Jan 3:      Epiphany Sunday – 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day

Lectionary:     Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14; Eph. 1:3-14; John 1:1-18

Hymns:           226 – As with Gladness Men of Old; 228 – Saw You Never, in the Twilight

Wed, Jan 6:     The Epiphany of Christ

Next Season:   Ordinary Time after Epiphany & before Lent (Jan 7-Feb 16, 2021)

Color:              Green – for growth in Christ

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 response did God require from the chosen people?

A.  God required the chosen people to be faithful; to love justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.

Q.  Where is this Old Covenant to be found?

A.  The covenant with the Hebrew people is to be found in the books which we call the Old Testament.

Q.  Where in the Old Testament is God’s will for us shown most clearly?

A.  God’s will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten Commandments.

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