Hampstead Congregational Church

June 16, 2024

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

with Baptisms



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

All around us, God is looking for folks who will join is serving others.

It is as if God is planting seeds of compassion in us, watching for them to bloom in our lives.

In our midst, Jesus is walking among us, tending our hearts, watering us with grace.

It is as if Jesus is trusting that our souls will grow big enough to welcome everyone.

From morning to evening, the Spirit is at work, gently tending this garden called life.

It is as if the Spirit has found the perfect spots to bring forth crops of justice and peace.

May our time of worship nourish the seeds that God has planted in us!


Gathering Prayer:   (unison)                                                                       Paul D’Adamo

  Oh God, creator of heaven and earth, who grants us life, may the seeds of wisdom from the ancient sacred texts grow within us so that we may bear good fruit that nourishes a hungry world. May the Holy Spirit of Pentecost descend upon us this day as we give thanks to you Holy One, in Jesus’s most precious name we pray. Amen. 


Opening Hymn: NC #454 



Scripture Readings:  (NSRVUE)                                                                  Paul D’Adamo

Mark 4: 26 – 34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”


30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”


33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.


Message for All Ages:  “Seeds of Love” by Rev Paige Besse-Rankin


Baptism Hymn:  NC #351 



The Sacrament of Baptism for Jasmine, Joseph, Elias , David, &Tessa Siwacki


Special Music


Litany for Fathers

We today pray for Fathers near and far.
    For Fathers alive and Fathers who are dead, hear our prayer
    For Fathers who were present with their children and those who were absent…. hear our prayer
    For new Fathers and old Fathers…. hear our prayer
    For those who loved well and those who did not love as well or know how… hear our prayer.
    For biological dads and dads who raised us and those who don’t get to be dads at all…. hear our prayer

    For those let down by their fathers and those who are grieving fathers…. hear our prayer

    For fathers separated from their families by military service, job obligations and other situations… hear our prayer

    For Fathers trapped by addictions… hear our prayer

We pray for our fathers.
We pray for them to have strength, wisdom and courage.
We pray for them to raise their children in the way that they should go.
We pray for them to love, laugh, play and live.
We pray for forgiveness for our fathers,

    for their shortcomings, their weaknesses, and their abuses.

We pray for healing for Fathers and those who love them. 

And we give thanks, God, for your love, sometimes made known through fathers and sometimes filling the gaps.


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

    May the offerings brought this day be used as seeds, planted faithfully and nurtured lovingly so that God’s way may be realized anew in this world. Grant us the humility we need to plant and then tend your precious garden.  Amen.


Hymn of Going Forth:  NC #181



Benediction                                                                             Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

Go now,

confident that you are God’s precious and pleasing children.
Trust in God and do not fear.
Accept the Word of God
and point others to the one who baptizes with Spirit and fire.

And may God be your protection and your strength;
May Christ baptize you with his Holy Spirit.
And may the Spirit be with you
to empower you and give you peace.


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Transition Talk rescheduled to June 23 following worship -- Our second Transition Talk has been postponed to June 23 (so people won't be tired out from the Strawberry Festival.) It will take place over Pizza lunch in Hadley Hall.  Who is our neighbor? A program called "Mission Insite" gives us a lot of demographic information, but it also tells us about what marketing groups are here (age, household type, economic realities and more). And then it gives us information about the trends of those groups with regards to what they are seeking in churches! Looking at this information can give us information about possibilities for ministry moving forward (which will also have an impact on the qualities we hope to find in the next pastor!)  So come and learn about our neighbors!



Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit June 16 – June 23

In loving memory of

Matthew Griffin

Love, Your Family & Friends



  June 17th Church Weekly Calendar


   6:30 P.M.

   7:00 P.M.

Operations, Library

Alcoholics Anonymous, Hadley Hall


    6:00 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Daisy Girl Scouts Troop, Hadley Hall

Al-Anon, Davis Room


 10:30 A.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Discussion Group, Davis Room

Gamblers Anonymous, Hadley Hall


 11:00 A.M.

LifeShare, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

Fiber Arts, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

 11:15 A.M.

    2:00 P.M.

Worship Service followed by Coffee Hour

Transition Talks

Girl Scouts, Hadley Hall