The Bell Ringer – January 3, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 3, 2021 – Epiphany Sunday – 10th Day of Christmas

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

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 31 after the morning service – in person and on Zoom

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:             White – celebrating the nativity and childhood of Jesus

This Sunday:   Epiphany Sunday – 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day

Wed, Jan 6:     The Epiphany of Christ – the day following the 12 Days of Christmas celebrating the visit of the Magi and the revelation of God in Jesus Christ to all nations

Sun, Jan 10:    Baptism of Christ Sunday – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

Lectionary:     Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Hymns:           411 – Shine Thou Upon Us, Lord; 415 – Baptized Into Your Name Most Holy; 476 – The Light of the World Is Jesus

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

Color:             Green – for growth in Christ

Monthly Prayer Focus for January

Local Church Focus:  First Church of Christ, Bradford – Danny Ovalle, 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 January

Romans 3:21-24 (ESV) – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What are the Ten Commandments?

A.  The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

Q.  What do we learn from these commandments?

A.  We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.

Q.  What is our duty to God?

A.  Our duty is to believe and trust in God;

I – To love and obey God and to bring others to know him;

II – To put nothing in the place of God;

II – To show God respect in thought, word, and deed;

IV – And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God’s ways.

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