The Bell Ringer – September 26, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – September 26, 2021

Midweek Meeting for Study and Prayer

Wednesdays, 7 pm, in-person and on Zoom – Sep. 22 to Nov. 17

We are studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries.  Hope you can join in!

Lord’s Day Schedule for Next Week, October 3

10:00 – Sunday Service I (in-person)

11:00 – Fellowship and Christian Education

12:15 – Sunday Service II (online)

Upcoming Lord’s Days   * includes celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Oct 3    World Communion Sunday*     Nov 21 Christ the King/Thanksgiving*

Oct 10  20 Pentecost                             Nov 28 Advent I

Oct 17  21 Pentecost*                           Dec 5   Advent II*

Oct 24  22 Pentecost                             Dec 12  Advent III

Oct 31  Reformation Sunday                 Dec 19  Advent IV*

Nov 7   All Saints’ Sunday*                  Dec 26  Christmas Sunday

Nov 14 Persecuted Church Sunday        Jan 2    Epiphany Sunday*

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 21 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Sun, Oct. 3:     Proper 22 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost – Word Communion Sunday

Lectionary:     Gen. 2:18-24; Ps 8; Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Hymns:           147 – O God of Light, Thy Word a Lamp Unfailing; 428 – Not Worthy, Lord; 44 – How Great Thou Art

Monthly Prayer Focus for September

Local Church Focus:  Riverside Church, Haverhill – Mark Rivera, pastor

Missions Focus:  Mercy Ships

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 September

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is the ministry of the laity?

A.  The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

Q. What is the ministry of the diaconate?

A.  The ministry of deacons and deaconesses is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist the clergy in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the pastoral care of the Church.

Q. What is the ministry of pastors?

A.  As ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament, pastors are to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel and the Word of God; to administer the sacraments; to bless and declare pardon in the name of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to guide the ordination of others to continue Christ’s ministry.

Q.  What is the duty of all Christians?

A.  The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

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