The Bell Ringer – July 10, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, July 10, 2022

Weekly Bulletin – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns and Songs

Opening Hymn   Hymn 7   From All That Dwell below the Skies       DUKE STREET

Response             Hymn 726                                                                            IVERSON

Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.

Songs                  Hymn requests

Closing Hymn   Hymn 693   Blessed Assurance                             ASSURANCE

Gathering Prayer (Proper 10 Collect)

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings and Sermon

Deuteronomy 30:9-14   Psalm 25:1-10  Colossians 1:1-14  Luke 10:25-37

Sermon – “A Reasonable Standard, but We Make Excuses”

Lectionary and Hymns for Sunday, July 17, 2022

Season:   Ordinary Time – Pentecost to Advent (Jun 6 – Nov 26, 2022)

Color:     Green – for the growth of the Kingdom of God

6th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11

Lectionary: Genesis 18:1-10a; Ps 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

Hymns: 167 – When Morning Gilds the Skies; 563 – What Kind of Man;

 629 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Lord’s Day Schedule

Service – 10 am (Lord’s Supper observed on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)

Summer Schedule – no scheduled education time after the service

Jul 17; Jul 24; Jul 31; Aug 7; Aug 14; Aug 21; Aug 28    6-12 Pentecost;;

Midweek Prayer Schedule for Summer 2022

Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm                  Wednesday, August 24 at 7 pm

Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm

Monthly Prayer Focus for July

Local Church Focus:  1st Congregational Ch., Boxford – Andrew James, pastor

Missions Focus:  Partners in Development, Haiti and Guatemala

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 July

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Luke 10:27 (ESV) – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Weekly Catechism

Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 24-28 – hymnal page 871

Catechism: 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.

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