The Bell Ringer – January 8, 2023

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, January 8, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2023 – This Saturday, 3 pm

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

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 Meetings – Tuesdays of Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7

In person and on Zoom.

Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, January 15, 2023

Ordinary Time after the Epiphany and before Lent (2023: Jan 7 – Feb 21)

Color:      Green – for growth in Christ

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15 – ML King Jr Sunday

Lectionary: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

Hymns: 30 – Our God, Our Help in Ages Past; RH – Precious Lord, Take My Hand; 501 – Just As I Am; Song – We Shall Overcome

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                     

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

Feb 26 Lent I                                                               * Communion

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 is our duty to our neighbors?

A.  Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other people as we wish them to do to us;

V – To love, honor, and help our parents and family; to honor those in authority, and to meet their just demands;

VI – To show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be kind to all the creatures of God;

VII – To use our bodily desires as God intended;

VIII – To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; and to use our talents and possessions as ones who must answer for them to God;

IX – To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;

X – To resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other people’s gifts and graces; and to do our duty for the love of God, who has called us into fellowship with him.

Q.  What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?

A.  The Ten Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our neighbors.

Q.  Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?

A.  Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.

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