The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
The Lord’s Day, November 27, 2022
First Sunday of Advent – Christ Our Hope
Advent Supper & Decorating Night – THIS WEDNESDAY at 6 pm
The potluck is back! Let’s ring in the Advent and Christmas seasons together through food, fellowship and decorating.
“Blue Christmas” Advent Service of Hope – Wed., Dec. 14 at 7 pm
This can be a difficult season as well as a festive one. Advent and Christmas bring to mind all those we have loved and lost over the years. In this service of healing and hope, we will remember those we have lost with trust in God’s comfort and mercy.
Advent and Christmas Missions Opportunities
If you are looking for way to be generous this Christmas season, consider donating gifts to the Giving Cradle (for Pregnancy Care Center – see Priscilla Smith for details) and money to Angel Tree (for Prison Fellowship – see Anne Smith for details). These are great ways to support fathers, mothers, and children. May our celebration of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus encourage us to support families in our midst.
Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, December 4, 2022
Season: Advent (November 27 to December 24, 2022)
Color: Purple – to prepare our hearts of the Coming King
Second Sunday of Advent – Love
Lectionary: Isaiah 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-7,18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Hymns: 311 – Hail to the Lord’s Anointed; 194 – Veni Emmanuel; 221 – Lo,
How a Rose E’er Blooming; 193 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence; 162 – Of
the Father’s Love Begotten
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
Dec 4 Advent II – Love* Dec 25 Nativity of Christ – Christmas
Dec 11 Advent III – Joy Jan 1 Holy Name of Jesus Day*
Dec 18 Advent IV – Peace* Jan 8 Baptist of Christ Sunday * Communion
Web site – wardhillchurch.org ;
Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch
Email – email@example.com
Monthly Prayer Focus for November
Local Church Focus: First Baptist Church, Haverhill–Rick Harrington, pastor
Missions Focus: Cru Mission
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 November
Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Catechism: Outline of the Faith
Q. What are we by nature?
A. We are part of God’s creation, made in the image of God.
Q. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A. It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.
Q. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
A. From the beginning, human beings have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.