Hampstead Congregational Church
January 16, 2022
Second Sunday After the Epiphany
No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life’s Journey,
You are Welcome Here!
Happy New Year!
Prelude Herb Tardiff
Greetings and Announcements
Passing of the Peace of Christ
Opening Prayer Jane Conradsen
Let us pray,
Gracious and loving God, source of all wholeness, forgiveness, and mercy,
may your Spirit heal those who are torn, mend those who are broken,
and protect those who are fragile.
Enable us, O God, through the gift of your steadfast love,
to remember who we are and whose we are.
In your love, may we be true and faithful disciples of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 2: 1-11 NRSV
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Sermon Rev. Kathy Youzwak
Call for 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
Prayer of Dedication
O God, we commit to use all our gifts–wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing,
working of miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, administration, hospitality, and finances– in the service of acting as co-workers with you and each other. Amen.
And now, from the One who is indeed the giver of all good gifts:
go and share what God has given you;
go and proclaim that God's love is here;
go in the power of God's Spirit to make all things new. Amen.
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Worship materials 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. Opening Prayer and Benediction by Nancy T. Townley from https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3501/worship-connection-january-16-2022.
Could You Send Some Cards?— Recently we have had an active Card Writing Ministry at HCC. Several people ministered to our congregation via card writing--sending congratulatory cards as well as "thinking of you" cards when someone was in need. We are looking for a few people to help continue this vital ministry. The time commitment is a few minutes a week, but the impact on our congregation is huge. Would you be willing to help? If so, please call or email Pastor Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the office. Thanks for your consideration.
New Member Sunday—Please join us on Sunday, January 23rd as we welcome a new member into our faith community.
UCC Special Offering January 17 - 31—Veterans of the Cross—This offering cares for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the UCC by providing emergency grants and other help to those struggling. Due to the pandemic, the emergency financial needs of many who serve the church have increased dramatically, and our support is welcome.
HCC will be receiving donations for The Veterans of the Cross from January 17th through January 31st. Please send or drop off donations and earmark them for "The Veterans of the Cross." Thank you, as always, for your generosity for these important mission opportunities.
Prepared to Serve—In early February our Conference will offer its annual Prepared To Serve event which features a number of online workshops that are applicable to us and the work we do as church. Please see the Weekly Word for links to the brochure and registration info, or go to https://nhcucc.org/caring-for-congregations/prepared-to-serve for more information.
Steeple Lighting January 6 – January 31 —The HCC steeple is being lit for Douglas J. Torosian
Lit in loving memory by his sister Laurie Torosian
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