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 – email@example.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.”
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.