The Bell Ringer – March 7, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – March 7, 2021 – Third Sunday in Lent

Bible Display at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill

https://www.museumofprinting.org/

Address:  15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832

Many historic Bibles are on display in March and April, including the original 1663 printing of John Eliot’s translation of the Old and New Testaments into the indigenous Massachusett language. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10 to 4 or by special appointment.

Wednesdays on Zoom at 7 pm

Mar 10           Lenten Study and Prayer – Colossians 3

Mar 17           No Study: St Patrick’s Day

Mar 24           Lenten Study and Prayer – Colossians 4

Church Calendar & Lectionary

This Season:    Lent – 40 days and 6 Sundays prior to Easter (Feb 17-Apr 3, 2021)

Color:             Purple – for repentance

This Sunday:   Third Sunday in Lent

Sun, Mar 14:   Fourth Sunday in Lent

Lectionary:     Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3,17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Hymns:           261 – What Wondrous Love Is This; 640 – My Tribute; 506 – As When a Hebrew Prophet Raised

Sun, Mar 21:    Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sun, Mar 28:    Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday

Thu, Apr 1:      Maundy Thursday

Fri, Apr 2:        Good Friday

Sat, Apr 3:        Holy Saturday

Sun, Apr 4:       Easter Sunday

Monthly Prayer Focus for March

Local Church Focus:  Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford – Fr John Delaney, pastor

Missions Focus:  Community Meals and Somebody Cares New England

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 March

Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) – For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What are the Holy Scriptures?

A.  The Holy Scriptures, commonly called the Bible, are the books of the Old and New Testaments.

Q.  What is the Old Testament?

A.  The Old Testament consists of books written by the people of the Old Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to show God at work in nature and history.

Q.  What is the New Testament?

A.  The New Testament consists of books written by the people of the New Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to set forth the life and teachings of Jesus and to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom for all people.

Q.  What is the Apocrypha?

A.  The Apocrypha is a collection of additional books written by people of the Old Covenant, and used in the Christian Church.

Q.  Why do we call the Holy Scriptures the Word of God?

A.  We call them the Word of God because God inspired their human authors and because God still speaks to us through the Bible.

Q.  How do we understand the meaning of the Bible?

A.  We understand the meaning of the Bible by the help of the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the true interpretation of the Scriptures.

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