The Bell Ringer – July 25, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

July 25, 2021

Offering for South Africa and eSwatini

There has been great turmoil recently in both South Africa and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Many people are suffering, and the churches in both countries are in dire need of resources both for their own needs and for the help of their neighbors. Please pray and consider giving. If you wish to give, make your check payable to Market Street Baptist Church and write South Africa in the memo. Market Street will wire the funds to the appropriate churches. If you are not ready to give this morning, you can send your check directly to Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St, Amesbury, MA 01913.

Next Midweek Meeting for Prayer – Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm on Zoom

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Ordinary Time after Pentecost – from the day after

Pentecost until Advent (May 24 – November 27, 2021)

Color:              Green – for the growth of God’s Kingdom

This Sunday: Proper 12 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Sun, Aug. 1:    Proper 13 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary:      Exodus 16:2-4,9-15; Psalm 78:23-29; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35    

Hymns:            55 – To God Be the Glory; 146 – Break, Thou the Bread of Life

Monthly Prayer Focus for July

Local Church Focus:  First Congregational Church, Boxford – Andrew James, pastor

Missions Focus:  Partners in Development, Haiti and Guatemala

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 July

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Luke 10:27 (ESV) – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is meant by the Messiah?

A.  The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in

harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.

Q.  Who do we believe is the Messiah?

A.  The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son of God.

Q.  What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?

A. We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father and shows us the nature of God.

Q.  What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?

A.  God is love.

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