Hampstead Congregational Church UCC

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Hampstead Congregational Church

May 22, 2022

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 Christ  

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader: From the noise and demands of the world,
All: we come to be made alive in God,

to be rooted and built up in Christ,
to be nourished and held together in the Spirit,

united in Christ’s body, the Church,
abounding in gratitude and love.

Opening Prayer         Barry Sargent 

Let us pray, 
God, you sent Jesus to be our way, our truth, our life. Help us to listen to him now, to be united in his Word, and to be empowered by his Spirit. He made promises to us. Help us to listen, so that we may treasure them in our hearts and see their fulfillment in our lives. Gracious God, renew us by your Word. Amen.

Opening Hymn     “When Morning Gilds the Sky          #86 NC
Verse 1
When morning gilds the skies
My heart awaking cries
May Jesus Christ be praised
Alike at work and prayer
One purpose I declare
May Jesus Christ be praised

Verse 2
New strength comes night or day
When from the heart we say
May Jesus Christ be praised
Let sin and evil fear
When this sweet chant they hear
May Jesus Christ be praised

Verse 3
Discordant humankind
In this your concord find
May Jesus Christ be praised
Let all the earth around
Ring joyous with the sound
May Jesus Christ be praised

Verse 4
Be this, while life is mine
my canticle divine
May Jesus Christ be praised
Be this the eternal song
through all the ages long
May Jesus Christ be praised 

Children’s Message

Scripture Reading:    John 5: 1-9 NSRV 

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many ill, blind, lame, and paralyzed people. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The ill man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am making my way someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. 
Now that day was a Sabbath.

Sermon                                          Rev. Kathy Youzwak

Special Music

Call for Concerns & Celebrations
Pastoral 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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Call to Offering 

Prayer of Dedication 
Gracious God, when we are loving we become your dwelling place. We seek to become more deeply and freely loving. Therefore, we give you these gifts as symbols of our lives. Receive them with love, bless them with grace, and use them according to your will. Through our generosity and by your grace make your home with us, now and always. Amen.

Hymn of Going Forth     “Help Us Accept Each Other          #388 NC
Verse 1
Help us accept each other
As Christ accepted us
Teach us as sister, brother,
Each person to embrace
Be present God among us
And bring us to believe
We are ourselves accepted
And meant to love and live

Verse 2
Teach us O God Your lessons
As in our daily life
We struggle to be human
And search for hope and faith
Teach us to care for people
For all, not just for some
To love them as we find them
Or as they may become

Verse 3
Let Your acceptance change us
So that we may be moved
In living situations
To do the truth in love
To practice Your acceptance
Until we know by heart
The table of forgiveness
And laughter's healing art

Verse 4
God for today's encounters
With all who are in need
Who hunger for acceptance
For justice and for bread
Bring us new eyes for seeing
New hands for holding on
Renew us with Your Spirit
God free us make us one

May the love of God go with us. May God’s love saturate our memories. May God’s love overwhelm us. God is love. As we carry God’s love within us, may we carry God’s love to the world around us. Go forth in the love of God. Amen!

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Worship materials Psalm 148 from A LITURGICAL PSALTER GENERAL SYNOD 2016 EDITION The Psalter of The Book of Alternative Services Emended for Contemporary Liturgical Use

Copyright 2021 Faith INFO Ministry Team, 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. Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, and Prayer of Dedication from the Rev. Steven Garnaas-Holmes, https://unfoldinglight.net/2022/04/036th-sunday-of-easter-may-22-2022/ 


Worship Update-- We hate to say this, but…Have you heard…have you noticed?  The “C monster” has been steadily but surely moving into our area once again.  In our own Rockingham County, the Covid Positivity Rate has jumped from a 2% level to over 16% in the last several months – and that increase doesn’t include the many cases which are discovered via home testing!  Local Covid outbreaks are not usually “advertised”, but they DO exist! As a church that cares deeply about those who worship here, we want to do the “responsible thing”; however, it would be difficult and even painful right now to “walk back” to when ALL Covid protocols had to be in place.  We are enjoying the “gathering”…the singing…the coffee hour…and all that makes up our Sunday morning experience!  So let’s try this: BABY STEPS! 
Social distancing
Wearing masks when moving about in the sanctuary…and ESPECIALLY when singing
Sitting in smaller groups…at smaller tables instead of longer ones during coffee hour
We can DO this!  We have done this and far MORE in some of the worst of times!  PLEASE do your part!  We’re counting on you!
Thank you—
The Worship Team 

Steeple Lit May 18 – May 24
In celebration and recognition, on May 21 2022, of your 50 years of marriage, Lee and Aurora. With love, cousin Dina

Steeple Lit May 25 – June 1
To celebrate Mackenzie graduating from BU with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Arabic Minor. Frank graduating from SNHU with a Masters of Science in Accounting-Taxation. Mackenzie & Frank celebrating their Jack & Jill shower.  Love, The Finocchiaros  

Food Drive to Support Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry — Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall. Thank you for all your support!
They need:
canned ravioli (or similar) coffee salad dressings
cans of grated cheese pasta sauce flour


Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 4—We need your help to make this fundraiser a success! See the Weekly Word for the Signup Genius link, or contact the main office to sign up. 



  • 61 Main Street
  • Hampstead
  • New Hampshire
  • 03841

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