The Bell Ringer – September 25, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, September 25, 2022

Midweek Meetings on Wednesdays at 7 pm

Prayer Meetings – Oct 5 & 19; Nov 2 & 16

Thanksgiving Service – Eve of Thanksgiving Day, November 23

Advent Supper and Decorating Night – November 30 at 6 PM

“Blue Christmas” Advent Service of Hope – December 14

Membership Class

This class is primarily for people considering church membership, but all are welcome! Schedule will be announced soon.

Lectionary and Hymns for Sunday, October 2, 2022

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

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

17th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22

Lectionary:  Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Ps 37:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

Hymns:  23 – God of God, We Sound His Praises; 671 – Forever Trusting in the

Lord; 705 – I Know Whom I Have Believed; Song – Change My Heart, O God

Lord’s Day Schedule

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

Fellowship & Study – 11 am to 12 noon

Oct 2    17 Pentecost*     Nov 6   All Saints Sun.*  Dec 11  Advent III – Joy

Oct 9    18 Pentecost      Nov 13 Persecuted Church Dec 18  Advent IV – Peace*

Oct 16  19 Pentecost*     Nov 20 Christ the King*  Dec 25  Christmas Day

Oct 23  20 Pentecost        Nov 27  Advent I – Hope  Jan 1    Holy Name of Jesus

Oct 30   Reformation        Dec 4    Advent II – Love*           * Communion

Web site – wardhillchurch.org           

Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

Email – wardhillchurch@gmail.com

Monthly Prayer Focus for September

Local Church Focus:  Riverside Church, Haverhill – Mark Rivera, pastor

Missions Focus:  Mercy Ships, Africa

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 September

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Weekly Catechism

Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 70-72 – hymnal pp 874-5

Catechism: 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 (priests), and overseers (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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