The Bell Ringer – January 29, 2023

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, January 29, 2023

Annual Congregational Meeting – TODAY

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!

Prayer Meeting – This Tuesday, January 31 at 7 pm

In person and on Zoom. Next meeting: Tuesday, February 7

Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, February 5, 2023

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

Color:      Green – for growth in Christ

5th Sunday after the Epiphany and 3rd before Lent, February 5

Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-12; Ps 112; 1 Cor. 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20

Hymns: 392 – O Day of Rest and Gladness; 317 – Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying; 592 – Jesus Bids Us Shine

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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

Feb 5   5 Epiphany & 3 before Lent*               Mar 12 Lent III

Feb 12 6 Epiphany & 2 before Lent                 Mar 19 Lent IV*

Feb 19 Transfiguration of Christ*                   Mar 26 Lent V

Feb 26 Lent I                                                   Apr 2   Palm Sunday*

Mar 5   Lent II*                                                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          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255 or 988

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (; Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief –

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA –

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 do we mean when we say that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became incarnate from the Virgin Mary?

A.  We mean that by God’s own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.

Q.  Why did he take our human nature?

A.  The divine Son became human, so that in him human beings might be adopted as children of God and be made heirs of God’s kingdom.

Q.  What is the great importance of Jesus’ suffering and death?

A.  By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus made the offering which we could not make; in him we are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

Q.  What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

A.  By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened for us the way of eternal life.


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