The Bell Ringer – May 8, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

May 8, 2022 – Christ the Good Shepherd Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day!

Everlasting thanks to all mothers and all who have been like mothers. We really appreciate you and are grateful to God for you. May God bless you al!

Midweek Meeting for Prayer – Tuesday or Wednesday at 7 pm

We meet weekly for prayer, in person and on Zoom. You are invited!

Tue, May 10               Wed, May 25              Wed, June 8

“Grapes on the Vine” Christian Fellowship and Education

We are studying the third section of David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries.

Lord’s Day Schedule through End of June

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

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

New Church Email:

May 15             5th Sunday of Easter with the Lord’s Supper

May 22             6th Sunday of Easter

May 29             Ascension of Christ Sunday (Memorial Day weekend)

June 5               Pentecost with the Lord’s Supper

June 12             Trinity Sunday (Children’s Day)

June 19             2 Pentecost (Father’s Day) with the Lord’s Supper

June 26             3 Pentecost

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Eastertide – 50 days of from Easter Sunday to Pentecost (April 17 – June 5, 2022)

Color:              White – for the glory of Christ’s resurrection life

This Sunday: Christ the Good Shepherd Sunday (Mother’s Day)

Sun, May 15: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary:     Acts 11:1-18; Ps 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

Hymns:           283 – Alleluia! Alleluia!; 424 – Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless; 124 – Praise the Lord Our God; 125 – Let All Things Now Living

Monthly Prayer Focus for May

Local Church Focus:  West Congregational Church – Chris Ziegler, pastor

Missions Focus:  CCCC – Micronesia and World Relief

Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (; Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief –

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA –

Monthly Scripture Memory for May

Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is Ordination?

A.  Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made Ministers of Word and Sacrament, through prayer and the laying on of hands by the congregation and other ordained ministers.

Q.  What is Holy Matrimony?

A.  Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

Q.  What is Unction of the Sick?

A.  Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.

Q.  Is God’s activity limited to the sacraments and these other ordinances?

A.  God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

Q.  How are the sacraments and other ordinances related to our Christian hope?

A.  Sacraments and other ordinances sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment.

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