Hampstead Congregational Church
May 9, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter
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
Responsive Call to Worship
God speaks to the heart,
Offering compassion and hope.
God enlivens the mind,
Inviting curiosity and wonder.
God awakens all spirits,
Fostering sacred connection.
God nurtures our strength,
Creating unimagined possibilities.
God calls the whole world,
Inspiring extravagant love.
Prayer of Invocation
Let us pray,
we join with the chorus of all of creation
to celebrate your wondrous deeds.
Fill us with your joy and train our ears for harmony,
so that we may contribute to the world You are already creating.
All this we pray in the name of Jesus,
who revealed what is possible through love. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 15: 9-17 Dave Chin
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
Sermon Rev. Kathy Youzwak
Concerns & Celebrations
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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Call to Offering
your Spirit upon these gifts, O God.
Send them into the world
as a sign and song of your joyous work of love.
Use them to call and welcome into your house of
all who are your friends
and our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Hymn of Going Forth
Friends, imagine what is possible. Imagine what our community would feel like if our own hearts embraced the unconditional love God has for us. Imagine what the nation would sound like if our words echoed the inclusive love God has for us. Imagine what the world would look like if our actions reflected the unwavering love God has for us.
Go forth from this place, to transform possibility into reality, and to join alongside God in transforming the world through love. Amen!
Copyright 2020, Faith Education, Innovation and Formation Ministry Team (Faith INFO), United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved. Prayer of Dedication: From The Abingdon Worship Annual edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press.
The Steeple will be lit by Joann Klawitter from May 9th – May 15th. The lighting is for Mother’s Day, to share a light of love with these families, and to remember their mothers lost during this past year or so.
Rev. Kathy Youzwak
Blessings to you all
from your Church Community
Missions Diaper and Wipe Drive—We are collecting diapers (sizes 3+) and wipes for the Manchester Diaper Pantry through the month of May. Please drop off donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall. See the flyer below for more information.
Mowing Volunteer Needed—
A member of our Church is looking for a volunteer to mow their small yard in Hampstead from now until June 1st. Depending on the amount of rain, the mowing would need to be done once or twice a week. A lawn mower is provided.
If interested, please contact Al or Marion Lake @ 603-571-3434 or 603-289-1690.
iPad Needed--We have a few members that would love to watch our weekly live-streamed services, but they need our help. Do you have an iPad you aren't using and are willing to donate? If so, contact our church office @ 603-329-6985. This will allow them to join our services. Thanks!
Drive-- From now through June 30, we will be collecting the
items listed below for the Upper Room’s summer session. This summer, the Upper
Room’s older youth will be spending time on outdoor community service projects
and the younger youth will be spending time on outside activities including
hikes. You can leave your donations in the foyer of the church any time. Please
no fresh items – only shelf-stable non-expired products. Thank you as always
for your generous donations to the Mission Team’s community needs drives!
· Sun Screen
· Bottled Water
· Non-Perishable Snacks including individual packages of:
· Granola Bars
· Fruit Snacks
· Peanut Butter or Cheese filled Crackers
Strawberry Festival is returning, and will be held this year on Saturday, June
5th!! The event will be held
outside with safety protocols in place. Crafters have responded
enthusiastically and slots are just about sold out! Now we need your help. As in previous years we
will have a raffle table, bake table, and a plant table.
- Please ask local businesses you frequent to make a donation to our raffle table.
- Make a raffle basket. Ideas: Children’s Beach Fun—Gardening—Cookout Carwash. etc.
- As your perennials come up, separate and pot them for the plant table.
- Get Baking!
- And of course, we will need volunteers to help the day of the festival.
Please respond to the Signup Genius email, or call Ellen McCune at 603-329-5811, or email email@example.com to volunteer or if you have any questions. As always, your help is needed and greatly appreciated.
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