The Bell Ringer – December 18, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, December 18, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Peace and Goodwill!

Church Meeting – TODAY!

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 – Will Be Available Online

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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Season:   Christmastide (12 Days from the Eve of Dec. 25 through Jan. 5)

Color:      White – to celebrate the glory of Christ Child

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022

Lectionary:  Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

Hymns:  227 – On Christmas Night All Christians Sing; 201 – O Little Town of

Bethlehem; 214 – Angels We Have Heard on High; Jesus; 217 – All My Heart

This Night Rejoices; 210 – Silent Night; 195 – Joy to the World

Christmas Day, December 25, 2022

Lectionary:  Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Hymns:  208 – O Come, All You Faithful, 207 – Good Christian Men, Rejoice;

204 – Away in a Manger; 209 – Christians, Awake, Salute the Happy Morn;

199 – See, Amid the Winter’s Snow; 224 – Go, Tell It on the Mountain

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 25 Nativity of Christ – Christmas  Jan 15  2 Epiphany* – MLK Jr

Jan 1    Holy Name of Jesus Day*        Jan 22  3 Epiphany – Sanctity of Life

Jan 8    Baptist of Christ Sunday          Jan 29  4 Epiphany*– Covenant

Email – wardhillchurch@gmail.com; Web site – wardhillchurch.org

Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

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.  How was this revelation handed down to us?

A.  This revelation was handed down to us through a community created by a covenant with God.

Q.  What is meant by a covenant with God?

A.  A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a body of people responds in faith.

Q.  What is the Old Covenant?

A.  The Old Covenant is the one given by God to the Hebrew people.

Q.  What did God promise them?

 A.  God promised that they would be his people to bring all the nations of the world to him.

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