The Bell Ringer – January 15, 2023

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, January 15, 2023

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday!

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 To Be Scheduled

Board of Trustees and Missions Committee

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

In person and on Zoom.

Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, January 22, 2023

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

Color:      Green – for growth in Christ

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, January 22 – Sanctity of Human Life

Lectionary: Isaiah 9:1-4; Ps. 27:1,4-9; 1 Cor. 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

Hymns: 53 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; 131 – Children of the Heavenly Father; 591 – Jesus Calls Us 

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 22  3 Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life   Mar 5   Lent II*

Jan 29  4 Epiphany* – Church Covenant         Mar 12 Lent III

Feb 5   5 Epiphany & 3 before Lent*               Mar 19 Lent IV*

Feb 12 6 Epiphany & 2 before Lent                 Mar 26 Lent V

Feb 19 Transfiguration of Christ*                   Apr 2   Palm Sunday*

Feb 26 Lent I                                                   Apr 9   Easter Sunday

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

Facebook site – facebook.com/wardhillchurch

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 sin?

A.  Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.

Q.  How does sin have power over us?

A.  Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted.

Q.  What is redemption?

A.  Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.

Q.  How did God prepare us for redemption?

A.  God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.

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