The Bell Ringer – July 17, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, July 17, 2022

Weekly Bulletin – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns and Songs

Opening Hymn 167   When Morning Gilds the Skies                           LAUDES DOMINI

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

Communion Hymn 563   What Kind of Man Can Live            WHAT KIND OF MAN

Closing Hymn 629   What a Friend We Have in Jesus                 WHAT A FRIEND

Gathering Prayer (Proper 11 Collect)

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings and Sermon

Genesis 18:1-10a   Psalm 15   Colossians 1:15-28   Luke 10:38-42

Sermon – “Distractions”

Lectionary and Hymns for Sunday, July 24, 2022

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

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

7th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12

Lectionary: Genesis 18:20-32; Ps 138; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13

Hymns: 660 – O God beyond All Praising; 108 – Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right

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

wardhillchurch.org; facebook.com/wardhill; wardhillchurch@gmail.com

Midweek Prayer Schedule for Summer 2022

Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm            Wednesday, August 24 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

www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255 or 988

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (www.egc.org/refugee)

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief – worldrelief.org

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA–opendoorsusa.org

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 29-32 – hymnal page 871

Catechism: Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is sin?

A.  Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.

Q.  How does sin have power over us?

A.  Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted.

Q.  What is redemption?

A.  Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.

Q.  How did God prepare us for redemption?

A.  God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.

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