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 – firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.