The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
January 9, 2022
Baptism of Christ Sunday
Happy New Year to You All! May God bless and keep you in 2022.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 30, after the morning service
Wednesdays at 7 pm – in-person and on Zoom
Jan 12 no meeting Jan 26 Prayer for Annual Meeting
Jan 19 no meeting Feb 2 Book Study and Prayer
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 16
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 16 2 Epiphany* (MLKing Jr) Jan 30 4 Epiphany (Church Covenant)
Jan 23 3 Epiphany (Sanctity of Life) Feb 6 5 Epiphany
Church Calendar & Lectionary
Season: Ordinary Time after the Epiphany (Jan 7-Mar 1, 2022)
Color: Green – for growth in Christ
This Sunday: Baptism of Christ Sunday – 1st Sunday after Epiphany
Color: White – for glory and holiness of Christ
Next Sunday: 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany (MLKing Jr weekend)
Lectionary: Isaiah 62:1-5; Ps 36:5-10; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
Hymns: 183 – Awake, My Soul, in Joyful Lays; 659 – Let Us Praise God Together;
Red Hymnal 249 – Precious Lord, Take My Hand
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 is our duty to our neighbors?
A. Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other people as we wish them to do to us;
V – To love, honor, and help our parents and family; to honor those in authority, and to meet their just demands;
VI – To show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be kind to all the creatures of God;
VII – To use our bodily desires as God intended;
VIII – To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; and to use our talents and possessions as ones who must answer for them to God;
IX – To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;
X – To resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other people’s gifts and graces; and to do our duty for the love of God, who has called us into fellowship with him.
Q. What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?
A. The Ten Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our neighbors.
Q. Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?
A. Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.