The Bell Ringer – December 11, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, December 11, 2022

Third Sunday of Advent – Rejoice!

Church Meeting Announcement – Next 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 – This Wednesday 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

Angel Tree for Prison Fellowship – Thank you for giving to Angel Tree. Our church raised enough fund to sponsor 16 children!

Giving Manger for Pregnancy Care Center – Gifts and contributions due today – thank you!

Special Thanks – Pastor Alex and Erin are so grateful for the annual turkey money gift. We also want to express gratitude for the Duffy’s gifts card, given anonymously. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Peace

Lectionary: Isaiah 7:10-16; Ps. 80:1-7,17-19; Rom. 1:1-7; Matt. 1:18-25

Hymns: 196 – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; 203 – Hark! the Herald

Angels Sing; 216 – Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; 200 – It Came Upon the

Midnight Clear

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                      * Communion

Dec 18 Advent IV – Peace*                 Jan 1    Holy Name of Jesus Day*

Dec 25 Nativity of Christ – Christmas  Jan 8    Baptist of Christ Sunday

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: Outline of the Faith

Q.  What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel?

A.  We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

Q.  What does this mean?

A.  This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.

Q.  What does this mean about our place in the universe?

A.  It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God’s purposes.

Q.  What does this mean about human life?

A.  It means that all people are worthy of respect and honor, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

Email – wardhillchurch@gmail.com; Web site – wardhillchurch.org Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

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