The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
November 28, 2021
First Sunday of Advent
Blue Christmas Service – Wednesday, Dec 15 at 7 pm
Midweek Meeting for Study and Prayer – Resumes Jan 12
We will resume studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries on Wednesday, January 12.
Lord’s Day Schedule–Next Sunday, December 5
8 am – Online Service (Facebook Live)
10 am – In-Person Service
11 am – Christian Education and Fellowship
Upcoming Lord’s Days * includes celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Dec 5 Advent II* Dec 26 Christmas Sunday
Dec 12 Advent III Jan 2 Epiphany Sunday*
Dec 19 Advent IV* Jan 9 Baptism of Christ Sunday
Church Calendar & Lectionary
Season: Advent – from the Sunday nearest Nov 30 until sundown
on Dec 24 (November 28 – December 24, 2021)
Color: Purple – for repentance in preparation for Christ’s Advent
This Sunday: First Sunday of Advent – Hope
Sun, Dec 5: Second Sunday of Advent – Love
Lectionary: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11;
Hymns: 198 – Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!; 194 – O Come, O Come Emmanuel (vv 1&3); 197 – Comfort, Comfort Ye My People; 193 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (vv 1&2); 162 – Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Monthly Prayer Focus for November
Local Church Focus: First Baptist Church, Haverhill – Rick Harrington, pastor
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 November
Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Catechism: An Outline of the Faith
Q. What are we by nature?
A. We are part of God’s creation, made in the image of God.
Q. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A. It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.
Q. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
A. From the beginning, human beings have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.