The Bell Ringer – May 7, 2023

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, May 7, 2023

Conference Sunday for the CCCC

Today we recognize and celebrate our denomination, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. You can find out more about the CCCC at

Midweek Prayer – This Tuesday, May 9 at 7 pm

Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, May 14, 2023

Season:  Eastertide–50 days from Easter Day to Pentecost (Apr 9–May 28, 2023)

Color:    White – for the glory of Christ’s resurrection life

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 14

Lectionary:  Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Hymns: 529 – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling; RH – Faith of Our Mothers; 288 – Jesus Christ Has Triumphed Now; 478 – I Love to Tell the Story

Monthly Prayer Focus for May

Local Church Focus:  West Congregational Church (CCCC), Haverhill – Chris Ziegler, pastor

Missions Focus:  CCCC’s World Relief and CCCC’s Micronesia

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 –

Pray for Turkey and Syria; Pray for Sudan –

VISITORS – Thank you for joining us. We very much appreciate your presence, and we hope you feel at home with us. If you have any questions, please ask. We hope to see you again soon.  Email –

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Lord’s Day Schedule through June

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

Fellowship & Study – 11 am to 12 noon

May 14  Easter VI (Mother’s Day)            Jun 11  2 Pentecost (Children’s Day)

May 21  Easter VII* – Ascension           Jun 18  3 Pentecost* (Father’s Day)

May 28  Pentecost (Memorial Day Wkd)       Jun 25  4 Pentecost

Jun 4    Trinity Sunday*                                     * Communion

Monthly Scripture Memory for May

Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Weekly CatechismOutline of the Faith

Q.  What is the Holy Eucharist?

A.  The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.

Q.  Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?

A.  Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.

Q.  By what other names is this service known?

A.  The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.

Q.  What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?

A.  The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command.

Q.  What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?

A.  The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith.

Q.  What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper?

A.  The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.

Q.  What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?

A. It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.


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