The Bell Ringer – December 4, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, December 4, 2022

Second Sunday of Advent – God Is Love

Church Meeting Announcement – Sunday, December 18

There will be a brief meeting for church members following the December 18 service to vote on three recommendations for church membership. Please attend if you are able!

“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.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Saturday, December 24 at 7 pm followed by a Christmas Reception

Christmas Day Service with Carols – Sunday, December 25 at 10 am

Come celebrate the Holy Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

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

Third Sunday of Advent – Joy

Lectionary: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:46b-55; James 5:7-10; Matt. 11:2-11

Hymns: 320 – Rejoice, All Ye Believers; 211 – God Rest Ye, Merry

 Gentlemen; 195 – Joy to the World!            

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 11 Advent III – Joy                      Jan 1    Holy Name of Jesus Day*

Dec 18 Advent IV – Peace*                 Jan 8    Baptist of Christ Sunday

Dec 25 Nativity of Christ – Christmas                          * Communion

Web site – wardhillchurch.org            ;

Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

Email – wardhillchurch@gmail.com

Monthly Prayer Focus for December

Local Church Focus:  King of Grace Ch., Bradford – Paul Buckley, pastor

Missions Focus:  Pregnancy Care Center

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 December

John 3:16-17 (ESV) – 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Weekly Catechism

Catechism: Outline of the Faith

Q.  Why do we not use our freedom as we should?  

A.  Because we rebel against God, and we put ourselves in the place of God.

Q.  What help is there for us?

A.  Our help is in God.

Q.  How did God first help us?

A.  God first helped us by revealing himself and his will, through nature and history, through many seers and saints, and especially the prophets of Israel.

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