The Bell Ringer – January 10, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 10, 2021 – Baptism of Christ Sunday

Prayer Meeting via Zoom – This Wednesday at 7 pm

Preparation Meetings Next Week – Jan 18-22

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

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:             Green – for growth in Christ

This Sunday:   Baptism of Christ Sunday – 1st Sunday after the Epipphany

Sun, Jan 17:    2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – MLK Holiday Weekend

Lectionary:     1 Sam. 3:1-20; Ps 139:1-6,13-18; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Hymns:           346 – Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning; Red Hymnal 249 – Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Sun, Jan 24:    3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Human Life Sunday

Sun, Jan 31:    4th Sunday after the Epiphany – Church Covenant Sunday

Sun, Feb 7:      5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Sun, Feb 14:    Last Sunday after the Epiphany – Transfiguration of 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 is our duty to our neighbors?

A.  Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other people as we wish them to do to us;

V – To love, honor, and help our parents and family; to honor those in authority, and to meet their just demands;

VI – To show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be kind to all the creatures of God;

VII – To use our bodily desires as God intended;

VIII – To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; and to use our talents and possessions as ones who must answer for them to God;

IX – To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;

X – To resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other people’s gifts and graces; and to do our duty for the love of God, who has called us into fellowship with him.

Q.  What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?

A.  The Ten Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our neighbors.

Q.  Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?

A.  Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.

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