The Bell Ringer – January 23, 2022

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.

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