Hampstead Congregational Church

April 14, 2024

Third 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 Christ 

Call to Worship (responsive)                                                 Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

L: How joyful it is, to celebrate the good news of God’s love!

P: We are called to be Easter people!

L: Darkness cannot claim us!

P: Fear cannot bind us!

L: Christ is risen!

P: Christ is risen, indeed! AMEN!


Invocation   (unison)                                                                                    Fred Malcolm

    God of Hope, We see your love poured out for us in all the world.  Make us more like you.  Teach us to live together as one community human and beyond-human, creature and created to your glory, so your love is known among all the living. Amen.

Opening Hymn:   


Scripture Reading:  Acts 3: 1-16
(NSRVUE)                                  Fred Malcolm

     One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and astonishment at what had happened to him.

     11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished. 12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “Fellow Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the holy and righteous one and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15 and you killed the author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

Children’s Message


Sermon:  “The Unexpected Gift"                        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

        Receive these gifts, Loving God, as signs and symbols of our love for you and for the beloved children you have created.  Thank you for all who have freely offered these gifts.  Help us use each contribution as a rung on the ladder which reaches ever higher, allowing us to stretch to do your will both here and around the world.  AMEN


Hymn of Going Forth:   Ch #562    Because He Lives 


Verse 1

God sent His Son they called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal and forgive

He lived and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove

My Savior lives



Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living

Just because He lives

Verse 2

How sweet to hold a newborn baby

And feel the pride and joy that gives

But greater still the calm assurance

This child can face uncertain days

Because Christ lives


Verse 3

And then one day I'll cross the river

I'll fight life's final war with pain

And then as death gives way to vict'ry

I'll see the lights of glory

And I'll know He reigns



Benediction                                                                               Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

     Go in courage and peace, proclaiming the Risen Lord to all! Be those who bring hope, healing and justice to a hungry and hurting world! The peace of the Lord is with you now and forever. AMEN.

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Fiber Arts Canceled for April -- Fiber Arts will be canceled this month (April) so we can host the Hampstead Eats food truck festival on Saturday, April 27th.  It will resume in May as usual on the last Saturday of the month.  We hope you'll still stop by and enjoy some amazing food from the food trucks!


The Food Truck Festival Needs Your Help -- The vendors and the entertainment are all set for our 4th Annual Hampstead Eats Food Truck Festival on April 27th. If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do:

  • Help with Setup starting at 9AM
  • Help with Ticket Sales - multiple timeslots starting at 10:30AM-1:30PM & 1:30-4PM
  • Help with Parking - multiple timeslots starting at 10:30AM-2:30PM
  • Help with Cleanup starting at 4:00PM

Sign up after church on Sundays or contact the office at 603-329-6985.

Let’s make this event a huge success! As always, thank you for your support.

Your Fundraising Team


Weekly Calendar


    7:00 P.M.

Boy Scouts, Hadley Hall


    6:00 P.M.

    1:00 pm

    6:30 P.M.

    7:00 P.M.

45’s Group, Hadley Hall

Transition Team, Library

Operations, Library

Alcoholics Anonymous, Davis Room


    6:00 P.M.

    6:30 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Daisy Girl Scout Troup, Hadley Hall

Worship Team, 3CX

Al-Anon, Davis Room


 10:00 A.M.

    6:30 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

The Story of God Discussion Group

MO, Davis Room

Gamblers Anonymous, Hadley Hall


 11:00 A.M.

LifeShare, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

Worship Service followed by Coffee Hour