The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – May 2, 2021 – Conference Sunday
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Sunday
Today we celebrate our affiliation with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. From the CCCC web site, we find the description of the denomination: The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference is a theologically conservative denomination believing strongly in the autonomy of each local church under the headship of Christ. Our member churches include those who are Congregational, Christian, and Evangelical and Reformed in their background, as well as independent Community churches. Our member ministers also come from diverse backgrounds. Though we are solidly committed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, we allow for diversity in many areas where Christians have tended to disagree. Though our members hold strong biblical convictions, we do not believe that Christians should divide over secondary issues. As an evangelical denomination, in obedience to Jesus Christ, we work together to advance the kingdom of our Lord through evangelism, church planting and missions.
Here is the flyer for this year’s Conference Sunday: https://www.ccccusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021Insert-Self-print.pdf
Midweek Meeting for Prayer on Ascension Thursday, May 13 – 7 pm on Zoom
Note: No Midweek Meeting this Week
Ascensiontide Season of Prayer, 10 Days from May 13 to 22 – We humbly beseech you to commit yourself to one hour of prayer each day, asking the Holy Spirit to renew the church and reconcile the world.
Church Calendar & Lectionary
This Season: Easter – 50 days concluding with Pentecost
(Apr 4 – May 23, 2021)
Color: White – for the glory of Christ’s resurrection
This Sunday: 5th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday
Sun, May 9: 6th Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day)
Lectionary: Acts 10:34-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
Hymns: 16 – Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord; Red Hymnal – Faith of Our Mothers; 292 – Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord
Monthly Prayer Focus for May
Local Church Focus: West Congregational Church – Chris Ziegler, pastor
Missions Focus: CCCC World Relief
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 May
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Catechism: An Outline of the Faith
Q. What is the Holy Eucharist?
A. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.
Q. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?
A. Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.
Q. By what other names is this service known?
A. The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?
A. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command.
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?
A. The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people and received by faith.
Q. What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper?
A. The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.
Q. What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?
A. It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.