Hampstead Congregational Church
September 20th, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life’s Journey,
You are Welcome Here!
Order of Worship
Greetings and Announcements
Passing of the Peace of Christ
Prayer of Invocation
God of healing and wholeness,
we come with thanksgiving in our hearts for all your goodness and mercy - found not only in stories of old, but in our lives today.
Lives bruised with tragedy find consolation when touched by your gracious Spirit; lives scarred with suffering and rejection have hope renewed through the power of the living Christ.
We pray that our lives will reflect your great acts of kindness, so that we may reach out to this wounded and troubled world with the compassion of Christ. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
Moments with Children
Scripture Reading: Matthew 20: 1-16
“For the kingdom of
heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers
for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily
wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine
o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to
them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So
they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he
did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing
around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all
day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them,
‘You also go into the vineyard.’
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Sermon Rev. Kathy Youzwak
Call for Concerns & Celebrations
Prayer of Our Savior
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.
Offering of Our Gifts
Please mail checks or bill pay to HCC, 61 Main St. Hampstead, NH 03841
Prayer of Dedication
O God, you have called
your laborers to give their gifts.
Bless these offerings so that they reflect the work of the kingdom of heaven. With Christ, our servant, we pray. Amen.
Music for Going Forth
God shows mercy and love to all God’s people. Go into the world where strife and injustices prevail, and bring God’s love to each one, not counting the cost, but rejoicing in the sharing. God’s peace is with you always. Amen.
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UCC Special Offering Sundays-- We will be having a Special Offering Collection that will be split among the UCC’s One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, and Neighbors in Need appeals these next two Sundays. This collection goes to help people in need throughout the country and world. You can also send a check to the church by October 10th designated for the UCC special offerings.Thank you for continuing to support this important mission and keep us as a 5 for 5 UCC church.
Upcoming Worship-- We are planning to hold outdoor worship on the 27th at 10am. Worship on October 4th will be an online Communion Sunday. There will be a special service link sent out for October 11th.
Community Monthly Grief Support Group, will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 10:30am- 12:00pm in the Davis Room. We will be socially distanced and wearing masks. This group will seek to be a place where each may give and receive support wherever you are on your journey of loss. Please spread the word about this important ministry of Hampstead Congregational Church!
Fall Craft Fair--on September 26, 2020 from 9:00 to 3:00pm in the lower parking lot. Safety protocols will be in place including social distancing and wearing masks. We will be serving lunch (hot dogs, chips and beverage), plus homemade apple crisp. We also plan to have a church table where we will sell baked goods, fruits, vegetables, and any donated crafts or other approved items. Can you make some apple crisp? Please call or email the church office!
We need also need volunteers to coordinate set-up and break down, the church craft/food table, including volunteers to staff the table, distributing the signs, and lunch. We will need greeters at the entry to be sure masks are worn and hand sanitizer is available. Please contact Barbara Wallack at 603-548-8326 or email@example.com with questions or ideas. Please contact the church office to volunteer, or sign up at outdoor worship. There are several time slots available.
Blessing of the Animals--Please join us on Sunday, October 4th in front of Hampstead Congregational Church for a Blessing of the Animals! There will be a short prayer at 1pm, but you can drop by any time between 1pm and 2:30pm. We invite you to bring your pets on leashes or in carriers, or bring a picture of your pet to be blessed. Pets are one of our greatest gifts, especially in these challenging days, and we want to take time to celebrate and show our gratitude for them.
Fall Book Group beginning October 12th-- Pastor Kathy is planning to lead a book study this fall on Rev. Martin Copenhaver's, "Jesus is the Question: the 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He answered.” Groups will meet in person and online on Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm as well as Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon. We will begin on October 12th and 13th and will meet for five weeks. Interested? Please let Pastor Kathy know. Books are available for $15.
Hampstead Congregational Church
Covenant of Care
During these days of Covid-19, the Hampstead
Congregational Church covenants to care for and love one another in new and different ways.
As an individual, I covenant to do my part to help keep our church community safe and healthy; therefore, I will…
Wear a face mask as a symbol of love and care for others
Stay six feet apart from
others, leaving room for God to work in the in-between spaces
Clean up after myself in the spaces I use, to thoughtfully keep them safe for others
Honor and respect the sacredness of each person here and stay home if I don’t feel well, knowing that God is with us wherever we are
Embracing God’s still-speaking voice
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