The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent
Blue Christmas Service – Wednesday, Dec 15 at 7 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Friday, Dec 24 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
December 12 Advent III
December 19 Advent IV*
December 26 Christmas Sunday
January 2 Epiphany Sunday*
January 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: Second Sunday of Advent – Love
Sun, Dec 12: Third Sunday of Advent – Joy
Lectionary: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7;
Hymns: 320 – Rejoice, All Ye Believers; 194 – O Come, O Come Emmanuel (vv 1&4); 215 – While by the Sheep We Watched at Night; 195 – Joy to the World
Monthly Prayer Focus for December
Local Church Focus: King of Grace Church, Bradford – Paul Buckley, pastor
Missions Focus: Pregnancy Care Center of Merrimack Valley and Southern NH
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 December
John 3:16,17 (ESV) – 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Catechism: An Outline of the Faith
Q. Why do we not use our freedom as we should?
A. Because we rebel against God, and we put ourselves in the place of God.
Q. What help is there for us?
A. Our help is in God.
Q. How did God first help us?
A. God first helped us by revealing himself and his will, through nature and history, through many seers and saints, and especially the prophets of Israel.