The Bell Ringer – December 26, 2021

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

December 26, 2021 – Christmas Sunday

Midweek Schedule from Epiphany to Holy Week

Wednesdays at 7 pm – in-person and on Zoom

Jan 5    Eve of Epiphany Prayer             Feb 23  no meeting

Jan 12   no meeting                               Mar 2   Ash Wednesday Prayer

Jan 19   no meeting                               Mar 9   Study and Prayer

Jan 26   Prayer for Annual Meeting        Mar 16 Study and Prayer

Feb 2    Study and Prayer (Candlemas)   Mar 23 Study and Prayer

Feb 9    Study and Prayer                       Mar 30 no meeting

Feb 16  Study and Prayer                       Apr 6    Study and Prayer

Feb 23  no meeting                               Apr 10-16 – HOLY WEEK – TBA

Midweek Meeting for Study and Prayer – Resumes Feb. 2

We will resume studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries on Wednesday, February 2.

Lord’s Day Schedule–Next Sunday, January 2

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

Jan 2    Epiphany Sunday*                                Feb 27  Transfiguration Sunday

Jan 9    Baptism of Christ Sunday                      Mar 6   Lent I*

Jan 16   2 Epiphany* (MLKing Jr)                      Mar 13 Lent II

Jan 23   3 Epiphany (Sanctity of Human Life)     Mar 20 Lent III*

Jan 30   4 Epiphany (Church Covenant)              Mar 27 Lent IV

Feb 6    5 Epiphany*                                         Apr 3    Lent V*

Feb 13  6 Epiphany                                           Apr 10  Palm Sunday

Feb 20  7 Epiphany*                                         Apr 17  Easter Sunday

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Christmas – 12 days from Dec 25 to January 5

Color:              White – for the holy infancy and childhood of Christ

This Sunday:   1st Sunday in Christmastide – Christmas Sunday

Next Sunday:  2nd Sunday in Christmastide – Epiphany Sunday

Lectionary:     Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Hymns:           346 – Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning;

206 – Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning;

228 – Saw You Never in the Twilight;

226 – As with Gladness Men of Old

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.  What response did God require from the chosen people?

A.  God required the chosen people to be faithful; to love justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.

Q.  Where is this Old Covenant to be found?

A.  The covenant with the Hebrew people is to be found in the books which we call the Old Testament.

Q.  Where in the Old Testament is God’s will for us shown most clearly?

A.  God’s will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten Commandments.

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