The Bell Ringer – January 31, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 31, 2021 – Church Covenant Sunday

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

Pre-Lenten Prayer Meetings the Next Two Wednesdays on Zoom – February 3 and 10

Church Calendar & Lectionary

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

Color:             Green – for growth in Christ

This Sunday:   4th Sunday after the Epiphany – Church Covenant Sunday

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

Lectionary:     Isaiah 40:21-31; Ps 147:1-11; 1 Cor. 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Hymns:           304 – I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say; 352 – Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore

Sun, Feb 14:    Last Sunday after the Epiphany – Transfiguration of Christ

Sun, Feb 21:    First Sunday in Lent

Sun, Feb 28:    Second Sunday in Lent

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 do we mean when we say that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became incarnate from the Virgin Mary?

A.  We mean that by God’s own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.

Q.  Why did he take our human nature?

A.  The divine Son became human, so that in him human beings might be adopted as children of God, and be made heirs of God’s kingdom.

Q.  What is the great importance of Jesus’ suffering and death?

A.  By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus made the offering which we could not make; in him we are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

Q.  What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

A.  By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened for us the way of eternal life.

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