The Bell Ringer – May 9, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – May 9, 2021 – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks to all mothers or all who have been like mothers. We really appreciate you. May God bless you al!

Midweek Meeting for Prayer on Ascension THURSDAY, May 13, 7 pm on Zoom

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: 6th Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day)

Sun, May 16:  7th Sunday of Easter – Ascension Sunday

Lectionary:     Acts 1:15-17,21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

Hymns:           290 – Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise; 287 – Morning Sun; 289 – A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

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 Ordination?

A.  Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made Ministers of Word and Sacrament, through prayer and the laying on of hands by the congregation and other ordained ministers.

Q.  What is Holy Matrimony?

A.  Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

Q.  What is Anointing of the Sick?

A. Anointing of the Sick, or Unction, is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.

Q.  Is God’s activity limited to these sacraments and other ordinances?

A.  God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

Q.  How are the sacraments and other ordinances related to our Christian hope?

A.  Sacraments and other ordinances sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment.

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