The Bell Ringer – January 1, 2023

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, January 1, 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May God bless and keep you in 2023!

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 29

The meeting will be after the morning service and a luncheon. All are welcome, and we need as many voting members as possible – thank you!

Church Committee Meetings – Week of January 16-20

Prayer Meeting – This Tuesday, January 3 at 7 pm

In person and on Zoom.

More prayer meetings in January: Tuesdays of Jan 24 and Jan 31.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2023 – Sat., Jan. 14 at 3 pm

Save the date! Our friends at Calvary Baptist Church (13 Ashland St.) are hosting this special event.

Advent and Christmas Missions Success!

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. Thank you for your gifts!

Special Thanks – Pastor Alex and Erin are so grateful for the annual Christmas bonus and special gifts. We appreciate all of you so much!

Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, January 8, 2023

Friday, Jan 6:  The Epiphany (Revelation) of Christ

Sunday, Jan 8:  The Baptism of Christ

Color:      White – for the revelation of Christ to the Nations

Baptism of Christ Sunday, January 8

Lectionary:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17

Hymns:  411 – Shine, Thou upon Us, Lord; 338 – Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (vv 1-5); 415 – Baptized into Your Name Most Holy; 476 – The Light of the World Is Jesus; Song – Shine, Jesus, Shine

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

Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

Lord’s Day Schedule through Easter Sunday

Service – 10 am (Lord’s Supper observed on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)

Fellowship & Study – 11 am to 12 noon                      * Communion

Jan 8    Baptist of Christ Sunday                        Feb 26  Lent I

Jan 15   2 Epiphany* – MLK Jr observance         Mar 5   Lent II*

Jan 22   3 Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life     Mar 12 Lent III

Jan 29   4 Epiphany* – Church Covenant           Mar 19 Lent IV*

Feb 5    5 Epiphany & 3 before Lent*                 Mar 26 Lent V

Feb 12  6 Epiphany & 2 before Lent                  Apr 2    Palm Sunday*

Feb 19  Transfiguration of Christ*                     Apr 9    Easter Sunday

Monthly Prayer Focus for January

Local Church Focus:  First Church of Christ, Bradford – Danny Ovalle, 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 January

Romans 3:21-24 (ESV) – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Weekly Catechism: Outline of the Faith

Q.  What are the Ten Commandments?

A.  The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

Q.  What do we learn from these commandments?

A.  We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.

Q.  What is our duty to God?

A.  Our duty is to believe and trust in God;

I – To love and obey God and to bring others to know him;

II – To put nothing in the place of God;

III – To show God respect in thought, word, and deed;

IV – And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God’s ways.

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