The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
January 23, 2022 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Annual Congregational Meeting – Next Sunday, January 30, after the morning service
Midweek Schedule: Wednesdays at 7 pm – in-person and on Zoom
Jan 26 Prayer for Annual Meeting Feb 9 Book Study and Prayer
Feb 2 Book Study and Prayer Feb 16 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 30
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 30 4 Epiphany (Church Covenant) Feb 13 6 Epiphany
Feb 6 5 Epiphany* Feb 20 7 Epiphany*
Church Calendar & Lectionary
Season: Ordinary Time after the Epiphany (Jan 7-Mar 1, 2022)
Color: Green – for growth in Christ
This Sunday: 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life
Next Sunday: 4th Sunday after the Epiphany – Church Covenant Sunday
Lectionary: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Ps 71:1-6; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
Hymns: 347 – The Church’s One Foundation; 352 – Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore; 355 – We Are God’s People
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 meant by the Messiah?
A. The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.
Q. Who do we believe is the Messiah?
A. The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son of God.
Q. What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?
A. We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father and shows us the nature of God.
Q. What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?
A. God is love.
Litany Prayer for the Sanctity of Human Life
God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into man the Breath of Life. We praise God for His gift of life to man and woman and are thankful that life is precious and holy in His sight.
We praise God for the gift of life and the courage to embrace it, protect it, and honor it. We offer prayers of thanksgiving to honor the sanctity of human life. We ask God to bless all who bring life into the world.
O God, You are the Giver of all life. You bring each person into being, sealed with divine and infinite love from the time of conception. Enable us to cherish and protect each precious life.
God, our Creator, guard the life of each unborn child. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Help us to see your handprint on everyone you have created. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Protect the vulnerable and needy in our nation today. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Strengthen those who tirelessly work to preserve life. O Lord, hear our prayer.
May our nation and the world turn to abundant life in You. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.