Hampstead Congregational Church

March 3, 2024

Third Sunday of Lent with Communion


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: Into the house of God we are called to enter,

A: to worship and receive the gift of grace.

L: As we step towards this sacred space,

A: we acknowledge all that can distract or exploit.

L: God calls upon us to cleanse our houses of all that does not find its source in God’s love.

A: Together we give ourselves in worship and right relations with our neighbor. Let us worship God.


Invocation   (unison)                                                                                    David Chin

      O God of temples and tables turned over, we enter this sacred space of worship 
seeking your transformation and healing. Make us ready for the kind of turned upside 
down world you are seeking to build among us. We have come to this place of worship 
to be changed, so turn over our tables and make us whole. In the name of Jesus our savior. 


Opening Hymn:  “If I have been a source of Pain”  (vs 1 – solo)                     NC #544


Mission Moment:  One Great Hour of Sharing


Scripture Readings:       NSRVUE                                                           David Chin


Exodus 20: 1-17


Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. 8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.


12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13You shall not murder. 14You shall not commit adultery. 15You shall not steal. 16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.


John 2: 13-22

13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Children’s Message


Sermon:  “Holy Disruption"                                                                                   Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin                                                                     

Special Music 

Hymn:  NC #330  


Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion

Communion Prayer

Words of Institution

Prayer of Consecration

Sharing of the Elements—All are welcome to the table always

Sharing of the Bread (please come forward and eat once you receive)

Let us share the bread. It is the gift that reminds us of our gifts.   

Sharing of the Cup (will be served to you; hold and we will drink together)

Let us drink deeply, that we may always travel on. 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

     We give thanks almighty God, that you have refreshed us at your table by granting us the presence of Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our savior.  Amen.


Call for Concerns & Celebrations


Pastoral Prayer                                                                     Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin


Call to Offering

Prayer of Dedication                                                              Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

     O God, whose richness is not found at the tables of those willing to exchange goods for the sake of acquiring earthly riches, but rather is found at the table of extravagant love for neighbor, we entrust these gifts to your care that they may abound in your steadfast love for all persons. Use them for the building of your beloved community here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.


Hymn of Going Forth:         NC #438


Benediction                                                                                                   Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

God has turned our world upside down and called us to a life of transformation. Now, go forth changed, called anew, and turned towards a God who makes us whole. Amen and Amen!



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One Great Hour of Sharing -- Beginning on March 10th, we will be collecting monies to be given to the UCC special offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, which helps people in deep need.  When you give, you help families around the world become stronger, healthier and better equipped to address hardships and catastrophes that would otherwise leave them destitute and hopeless.   HCC will be receiving donations for One Great Hour of Sharing through March 24th. You can put money in the special offering envelopes at worship, or make checks out to the church (designating “One Great Hour of Sharing”). Thank you, as always, for your continued support of these important mission opportunities.

New Upper Room Booklets Available -- We have copies of the March/April Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall.  If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.

Lit Steeple

Steeple Lighting


Steeple Lit

in loving memory of


Shelby Copeland

From her family



March 4th Church Weekly Calendar


    7:00 P.M.

Boy Scouts, Hadley Hall


    6:00 P.M.

    7:00 P.M.

45’s Group, Hadley Hall

Alcoholics Anonymous, Davis Room


    6:00 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Daisy Girl Scout Troup, Hadley Hall

Al-Anon, Davis Room


  10:00 A.M.

    6:30 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

Lenten Discussion Group, Library


Gamblers Anonymous, Hadley Hall


 11:00 A.M.

LifeShare, Hadley Hall


 10:00 A.M.

Worship Service followed by Coffee Hour