Hampstead Congregational Church
September 19, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
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
Let us pray,
We draw near to you, O God,
Source of all understanding,
and ask you to draw near to us.
Teach us your wisdom from above,
that we may bear good fruit in our lives.
Root us beside the streams of your wisdom,
that the green leaves of our goodness,
fed by your insight, may not wither. Amen.
Scripture Reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a NRSV Dave Chin
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
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
Go forth into the world trusting with your hearts
the wisdom God bestows upon all who seek to follow God’s will.
When called to lead, do so with humility and confidence in God.
Be in this world a sign of Jesus’ presence.
Share compassion with all whom you encounter.
Live wisely in God’s name,
and glorify God in all you do.
And may the grace, mercy and wisdom of God
be our support, guidance and strength
from this day forward and for ever more. Amen.
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Worship materials 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. Opening Prayer, Call to Offering, and Prayer of Dedication: From “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press.
Because we care for each other-- As we pledge in our covenant, and in keeping with the latest Covid guidelines for our area, we encourage everyone who attends in-person worship on Sunday mornings to wear a mask during the entire service. Our numbers and the ample size of our sanctuary make social distancing not only possible, but also easy to maintain. In addition, coffee hour is now outdoors. You will find our “goodies” on a table outside of Hadley Hall. We will also have a supply of chairs available for those who want to sit instead of stand..
Pastor Kathy's Installation-- A Service of Celebration on Sunday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. will recognize the official installation of Rev. Kathy as our “settled pastor”…and it promises to be a joyous one!
The Covid pandemic resulted in her installation being postponed several times, but the wait is now over. The actual liturgy of installation involving both the New Hampshire UCC Conference and the Rockingham Association will be held via Zoom at 2:30 p.m. (The link will be shared next week and you are welcome to attend); however, our personal “welcome” will be expressed during our outdoor morning worship service! The 10:00 a.m. service will also be live-streamed on our FaceBook page.
There will be a basket for cards and/or notes of appreciation for Rev. Kathy and all that she has done for us and with us during the past two years.
Jane DeRosa will be organizing a refreshment table for a brief time of fellowship immediately following the service. Please contact Jane if you are interested in baking something for the table or are willing to help with the setup. Thank you!
Please plan to join us in person or online for this joyous celebration!
Neighbors in Need UCC Special Offering Now through September 30th--Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
1/3 of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). 2/3 of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
We will be receiving the UCC Neighbors in Need special mission offering for the rest of September. You can bring it to church on Sunday and include it with your offering or send it in to the church office. Any checks can be made out to Hampstead Congregational Church, but make sure you designate on the memo line "UCC Neighbors in Need Special Offering".
As always, thank you for your continued generosity and support of our UCC special offerings!
A Request: Your Emergency Contact Info--If something were to happen to you, our church wants to support you and your family. If you are unable to be reached, how can we connect with you/your loved ones? Please send us the name and number(s) of someone to reach in case of emergency. We will add this information to our database so that Pastor Kathy can reach out if there is ever a need. You can call 603-329-6985, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the church office with this information. Thank you!
Ad Hoc Team Forming--We are looking for some people who love our church and would be willing to help with a capital campaign to raise funds for renovation of the steeple and other building projects. Perhaps you have skills in marketing or fundraising, or are interested in historic preservation, or in making connections within our local community. Perhaps you simply love our church community and want it to thrive for decades to come. To learn more and volunteer, please contact Fred Malcolm (603-661-2418), email@example.com, or Pastor Kathy.
Coffee Hour Volunteers-- We are looking for volunteers to help with coffee hour prep and cleanup (and bringing in snacks). If you can help this Sunday or any following, please contact the Church Office or sign up after service.
Food Drive to Support St Anne's Food Pantry-- Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! For September and October we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry.
lease drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall.
Current Food Pantry Needs:
• muffin mix/quick bread mix
• boxes of crackers
• grated cheese
• barbecue sauce
• canned ravioli
• jelly - any flavor other than grape
• laundry detergent
• vegetable oil
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