The Bell Ringer – March 27, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

March 27, 2022 — Fourth Sunday in Lent

New Church Email:  wardhillchurch@gmail.com

Neighborhood Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9 (day before Palm Sunday) at 11 am.  Spread the word!

We also need donations of candy. If you purchase candy, make sure it can fit inside a plastic Easter egg. Thank you!

Midweek Prayer & Book Study – Wednesdays at 7 pm

We are studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries.   In person or on Zoom!

Midweek Schedule through Lent

Mar 30  Prayer & Book Study—Ch 13   Apr 6  Prayer & Book Study—Ch 14

Lord’s Day Schedule in April

Service – 10 am; Christian Fellowship and Education – 11 am

Holy Communion celebrated every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Facebook Live Simulcast at 10 am on 1st Sunday of the month

Facebook Live Online Service at 8 am except on 1st Sunday of the month

* includes Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Apr 3    5th Sunday in Lent*       Apr 17  Easter Sunday

Apr 10  Palm Sunday                Apr 24  2nd Sunday of Easter

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Lent – 40 days of fasting and 6 Lord’s Days

before Easter Sunday (March 2 – April 16, 2022)

Color:              Purple – for repentance

This Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sun., Apr 3:    Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lectionary:     Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

Hymns:           94 – How Firm a Foundation; 261 – What Wondrous Love Is This; 460 – Amazing Grace; Song–There Is a Redeemer

Monthly Prayer Focus for March

Local Church Focus:  Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford – John Delaney, pastor

Missions Focus: Somebody Cares New England – Marlene Yeo, director

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 March

Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) – 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is the ministry of the laity?

A.  The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

Q. What is the ministry of the diaconate?

A.  The ministry of deacons and deaconesses is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist the clergy in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the pastoral care of the Church.

Q. What is the ministry of pastors?

A.  As ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament, pastors – also called elders, presbyters, and bishops — are to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel and the Word of God; to administer the sacraments; to bless and declare pardon in the name of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to guide the ordination of others to continue Christ’s ministry.

Q.  What is the duty of all Christians?

A.  The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

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