9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

July 25, 2021  – 9:30 am

— If you’d like to sing along with the hymns, please come by the church during the week and pick up a hymnal from MaryLou.  We’ll publish the hymn number on this bulletin.

Prelude        “Prayer”                                  Paul Creston

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship – Iona Community

L: The world belongs to God.
P: The earth and all its people.
L: How good and how lovely it is
P: To live together in unity.
L: Love and faith come together.
P: Justice and peace join hands.
L: If Christ’s disciples keep silent,
P: These stones will shout aloud!

Prayer of the Day 

With the eye of a weaver, dear God, you have chosen us such different threads to be gathered into unity that the world might believe in you.So may we not serve your purpose unless we are open to each other; not care for each other unless we reflect your love; not dare to love like you unless we accept the cost and joy of discipleship, as friends and followers of your Son our Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Amen.


“You Servants of God”                                   #110

Psalm 145:10-18          Lay Reader: Ben Brayton     

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,

To make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Special Music       “I Will Rejoice in the Lord”        Telemann/Schoenfeld
Lynne von Trapp and Barbara Stotsenburg

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

P: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness, to the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world.

L: May God forgive you, Christ renew you, and the Holy Spirit empower you to grow in love and faithfulness. 

All: Amen.

Assurance of Pardon


“Fairest Lord Jesus”                                         #97

The Mystery Box   – Kids’ Connection       

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

The Gloria Patri*                                                                  

Glory be to The Father, and to The Son, and to The Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end, Amen, Amen

John 6:1-15

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.[a] A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages[b] would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they[c] sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself


“Limited Resources, Unlimited Possibilities”
Rev. Michael Caldwell


“Adagio” from Sonata No. 1                       Mendelssohn

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above you heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Offertory Prayer


“They’ll Know We Are Christians”                       #494

Benediction* (Iona Community)

Closing*      Tune of Edelweiss

May the Lord, Mighty God
Bless and keep you forever.
Grant you peace, gracious peace,
Strength in every endeavor.
Lift up your eyes and see his face.
And his grace forever.
May the Lord, Mighty God,
Bless and keep you forever.

Postlude        “Grand Jeu et Plein Jeu”                Guilain

Calendar of Events

Our 9:30 Traditional worship service is open to all (vaccinated and unvaccinated). Out of respect for others, we do ask that unvaccinated individuals please wear a mask. We will continue to live stream our services through our website  www.stowechurch.org.

The 1:30 Contemporary service has been suspended until further notice.

Tuesday, 7/27 6:00 back up for Gazebo concert
8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall

Happy Birthday this week today:

Kalin Burhardt, and David Cairns today, 7/25
Julienne Douglas on 7/26
Barbara Kay on 7/28
Robert Davison, Scott Noble and Becky Vaus on 7/30


Thank you, Rev. Michael, for leading us in worship today. Rev Dr Michael Caldwell (called Rev Michael) pastored congregations in Warren, Hyde Park, East Corinth, Barton, and Glover before retiring in 2015. He served as interim minister for Stowe Community Church, Winter, 2001. He is a local soccer official and Reparative Board member at Lamoille Restorative Center.  

Rev Michael is an associate member of the Iona Community, an international, ecumenical Christian community based in Scotland. Today’s worship includes elements from the Prayer Book of the Iona Community.

If you, or someone you know, would like prayers for comfort or healing, the members of the Prayer Team are ready to support you. Please call the church office, 253-7257, with your prayer requests.

If you would like to donate the flowers any Sunday, please let Marylou know who they are in memory/honor of, for the bulletin. Make your check payable to Stowe Community Church $25, on the memo line put Sunday Flowers.  Thank you.

The Mission’s committee is collecting breakfast items to help support the Lamoille Homeless Shelter clients.  The Shelter is in need of individual packets of oatmeal, cereal, fruit cups, apple sauce, juice boxes, granola bars, cereal bars, pop tarts.  Basically anything that can be an easy grab and go for breakfast. We will also accept cash donations to be sent to the shelter to use for yogurt and individual milk cartons.

Please bring all donations to the church and leave in the Food share box.  We plan to continue collecting items through the end of August.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Special Sunday on July 18, 2021.  The music was wonderful. Rev. Daniel Gary Haugh was great. His message was very meaningful.  “Imagine”!  Thank you for voting to have Rev. Haugh as our new minister starting September 1.  Please mark your calendars for his first Sunday as our minister, September 5, 2021.  He and his family will be moving into the Parsonage around August 17. The brunch held in Fellowship Hall, following the congregation meeting, was plentiful and delicious.  Decorations were beautiful.

Our interim minister, Rev. Peter Hammond is away until August 5. Next week our guest minister is Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton.  She led us in worship on June 20th.

Musical Notes by Karen Miller

            Prelude: “Prayer” is the middle movement from a Suite for organ written in 1959. The Three movements are: Prelude, Prayer, and Toccata. Paul Creston (1906-1985) was born Giuseppe Guttoveggio, the son of Italian immigrants who instilled in him a strong and enduring love and passion for music at an early age. He studied piano and violin and took organ lessons from Pietro Yon, yet his musical training was largely self-taught through his own reading and study. He held various business positions to support his music. Then in 1927 he became a theater organist for silent movies. He was organist for St. Malachy’s Church in New York City from 1934 to 1967 but seldom performed outside his church musician duties. Yet his life as a composer became increasingly busy as orchestras, choral societies, and churches requested commissions from him. He also served as visiting professor and lecturer at universities and colleges, however, he preferred private teaching. His catalogue of compositions numbers works in the hundreds. His “Prayer”, like many of his works, is lush and romantic and also incorporates 20th century harmonies.

            Offertory: The principal organ works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) are three preludes and fugues and six organ sonatas.  Both sets were published in England. The six sonatas were commissioned by the English publisher Coventry and Hollier and were written between 1839 and 1845. This was perhaps surprising because there were not many organs in England at the time and most did not have a pedal compass long enough to play them. Mendelssohn’s first organ sonata (in F-minor/major) is in four sections. The “Adagio” is the second section and features melodic movement with echo effects.            

Postlude: Jean Adam Guillaume Guilain was born J. A. Wilhelm Freinsberg, and while his birth and death records are absent, he was active in the Paris region from 1702 as an organist and clavecinist. In 1706 he published organ settings for the Magnificat, collected into 4 Suites. He followed the contemporary fashions for form and registration. He may have been a pupil of Louis Marchand, as one of Guilain’s pieces is dedicated to him. His “Grand Jeu and Plein Jeu” are from his suite of pieces on the 4th tone. The “Grand Jeu” is a bold, spirited piece on full organ registration with a cornet as a solo stop.