Hampstead Congregational Church

Hampstead Congregational Church

July 21, 2024

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life’s Journey,

You are Welcome Here!


Order of Worship


Prelude                                                                                                           Herb Tardiff  

Greetings and Announcements

Passing of the Peace of Christ 

Call to Worship                                                                       Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

       People of God, come close, you who have been far away, draw near. Christ has broken down the barriers that separate us from God and eradicated all conflict that separated us from each other.
Come close, together we will build a house based on reconciliation and love.


Gathering Prayer:   (unison)                                                                  Debra Sawyer

      Gracious and loving God, we bring to you our prayers this day. There is conflict all around us – in the church, in the community, in the world. Yet we know that in the midst of all this we find your spirit, turning sadness into compassion, mistrust into relationship, and confusion into hope. Guide us as we celebrate our unity this day and give voice to all our joys and concerns. We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.


Opening Hymn:  NC #312 W



Scripture Readings:  (NSRVUE)                                                          Debra Sawyer


2 Samuel 7: 1-14a

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”

4But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings.

Ephesians 2: 11-22

11So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” —a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Children’s Message


Sermon:             "Just What Are We Building?"                                                    Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

Special Music


Call for Concerns & Celebrations


Pastoral Prayer                                                                                                                            Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin


The Lord’s Prayer:

     Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.


Call to Offering

Prayer of Dedication                                                              Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

     Generous God, receive our offerings today, take and use them to build your kingdom, not just church buildings but community, places where people feel they belong. Take our money and take our gifts of time and talents too, and use them as you will.  Amen.


Hymn of Going Forth:  NC #314  



Benediction                                                                             Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

We Leave this place no longer strangers,

but members of God’s own family,

brothers and sisters through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Together, we are being built into a holy dwelling place

where God lives by the Spirit.


So go out with joy and confidence
to love and serve the world,
for we do not go alone.



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Summer Spiritual Adventures Begins This Thursday, 7/25 – Come and learn about the spiritual practice of walking prayer and then walk a labyrinth in Hadley Hall on Thursday, July 25th at 10am.  A Labyrinth Field Trip to an outdoor labyrinth will be on August 6, and a Horton Center Picnic on August 28.  Rev. Paige will need RSVPs for the latter two so we can make sure we have transportation sorted out.


Next Sunday is Worship & Picnic Sunday – Next Sunday, July 28th, we will celebrate summer with our first outdoor worship.  We will also have a picnic afterwards, so bring food to share and a favorite lawn chair.  You can even bring your favorite lawn games.  BBQ grill will be available.




July 22nd Church Weekly Calendar


    7:00 P.M.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Hadley Hall


    6:30 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Worship, 3CX

Al-Anon, Davis Room


 10:00 A.M.

    6:30 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Labyrinth Walk, Hadley Hall

Operations, Library

Gamblers Anonymous, Hadley Hall


 11:00 A.M.

LifeShare, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

Fiber Arts, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

Outdoor Worship Service with followed by Picnic





 Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit July 15th – July 21st 


Steeple lit

In memory of


David DiMaura


Miss you always

Love, Your Family





 Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit July 15th – July 21st 


In loving memory of


Steven Lawson


Kathy & Bill