The Bell Ringer – March 14, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – March 14, 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Bible Display at the Museum of Printing in Haverhillhttps://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 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:   Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sun, Mar 21:   Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lectionary:     Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Hymns:           263 – Lift High the Cross; 252 – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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 is the Church?

A.  The Church is the community of the New Covenant.

Q.  How is the Church described in the Bible?

A.  The Church is described as the Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head and of which all baptized persons are members. It is called the People of God, the New Israel, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and the pillar and ground of truth.

Q.  How is the Church described in the creeds?

A.  The Church is described as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

Q.  Why is the Church described as one?

A.  The Church is one, because it is one Body, under one Head, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Q.  Why is the Church described as holy?

A.  The Church is holy, because the Holy Spirit dwells in it, consecrates its members, and guides them to do God’s work.

Q.  Why is the Church described as catholic?

A.  The Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole Faith to all people, to the end of time.

Q.  Why is the Church described as apostolic?

A.  The Church is apostolic, because it continues in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent to carry out Christ’s mission to all people.

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