The Bell Ringer – January 2, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – January 2, 2022

Epiphany SundayHappy New Year to You All! May God bless and keep you in 2022.

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 30, after the morning service

Midweek Schedule in January

Wednesdays at 7 pm – in-person and on Zoom

Jan 5    Eve of Epiphany Prayer             Jan 19   no meeting

Jan 12   no meeting                               Jan 26   Prayer for Annual Meeting

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 9

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 9    Baptism of Christ Sunday          Jan 23   3 Epiphany (Sanctity of Life)

Jan 16   2 Epiphany* (MLKing Jr)          Jan 30   4 Epiphany (Church Covenant)

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:   2nd Sunday in Christmastide – Epiphany Sunday

Thu, Jan 6:      The Epiphany of Christ

Color:              White – for the holiness and glory of Christ

Next Season:   Ordinary Time after the Epiphany (Jan 7-Mar 1, 2022)

Color:              Green – for growth in Christ

Next Sunday:  Baptism of Christ Sunday – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

Color:              White – for the glory of Christ’s revelation

Lectionary:     Isaiah 43:1-7; Ps 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17,21-22

Hymns:           411–Shine Thou upon Us, Lord; 415–Baptized into Your Name Most Holy; 476–The Light of the World Is Jesus

Monthly Prayer Focus for January

Local Church Focus:  First Church of Christ, Bradford – Danny Ovalle, 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 January

Romans 3:21-24 (ESV) – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What are the Ten Commandments?

A.  The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

Q.  What do we learn from these commandments?

A.  We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.

Q.  What is our duty to God?

A.  Our duty is to believe and trust in God;

I – To love and obey God and to bring others to know him;

II – To put nothing in the place of God;

II – To show God respect in thought, word, and deed;

IV – And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God’s ways.

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