The Bell Ringer – January 17, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 17, 2021 – Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Weekend

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:   2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – MLK Holiday Weekend

Sun, Jan 17:    3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life

Lectionary:     Jonah 3:1-5,10; Ps 62:5-12; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Hymns:           345 – Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken; 131 – Children of the Heavenly Father

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 sin?

A.  Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.

Q.  How does sin have power over us?

A.  Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted.

Q.  What is redemption?

A.  Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.

Q.  How did God prepare us for redemption?

A.  God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.

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