The Bell Ringer – January 24, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 24, 2021 – Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 31 after the morning service – in person and on Zoom. We will try to start the meeting very soon after the conclusion of the service.

No Midweek Meeting This Week – We will “re-Zoom” on Wednesday, February 3.

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:             Green – for growth in Christ

This Sunday:   3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life

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

Lectionary:     Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Ps 111; 1 Cor. 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Hymns:           347 – The Church’s One Foundation; 355 – We Are God’s People; 591 – Jesus Calls Us

Sun, Feb 7:      5th Sunday after the Epiphany – 2nd Sunday before Lent

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 meant by the Messiah?

A.  The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.

Q.  Who do we believe is the Messiah?

A.  The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son of God.

Q.  What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?

A.  We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.

Q.  What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?

A.  God is love.

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