The Bell Ringer – November 27, 2022

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 – wardhillchurch@gmail.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.

Weekly Catechism

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.

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