9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

January 24, 2021   – 9:30 am

Prelude           “Lied”                                        Vierne 
Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship         

Prayer of the Day (In Unison)

Dear God, open our ears to hear what you are saying to us today. Open our eyes to see where Jesus’ healing love is needed in our world. Open our hands, to do your work and help where help is needed. Open our lips, to bring comfort, joy and laughter to your people. Open our minds, to hear new truths about how you work in our world. Open our hearts, to love you, our neighbors, and ourselves as you have loved us. Excite our hearts and minds, Creative Life Source, to trace new truths, to catch creation’s flair, and to live within the contexts of compassion and care. Amen


“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”

Lord, you have come to the lakeshore
looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones;
you only asked me to follow humbly.

(refrain) O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me,
and while smiling have spoken my name;
now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me;
by your side I will seek other seas.

You need my hands, full of caring
through my labors to give others rest,
and constant love that keeps on loving. (refrain)

Words: Caesareo Gabarain 1979
Music: Caseareo Gabarain 1979
Tune: Pescador de Hombres

Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18      Lay Reader: David McGaughy          

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Se’lah
Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
And steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.

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

Prayer of Confession 

Triune God, we come before you with our deep longing for true community between young and old, men and women, rich and poor, between all nations. We long to overcome the divisions among us, your people. Help us to tear down the many barriers of hostility we erect and walls of antagonism we build with such zeal. Help us to dispel our deep-rooted suspicions that we may know the good intentions in those we meet. Help us to put aside our own uncertainty that we may truly see the dignity of others. Help us to cast out our own fears that we may allay the fears of those around us. Help us to conquer our own pride that we may love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon


“Dear Lord, and Father of Mankind”

Dear Lord, and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways!
reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Words: John Greenleaf Whittier 1872
Music: Frederick C. Maker 1887
Tune: Rest

The Mystery Box  

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

Special Music           Simple Gifts”        arr. Aaron Copland
               Lynne Von Trapp and Barbara Stotsenburg


Mark 1:14-20

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news[a] of God,[b] 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;[c] repent, and believe in the good news.”[d]

16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Message      “The Urgency of Now”    
                            Rev. Peter Hammond

Offertory    “All Glory Be to God on High”       Vetter


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


“Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”

Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart,
in-a my heart, Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart.
In-a my heart, in-a my heart,
Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart.

Lord, I want to be more loving in-a my heart,
in-a my heart, Lord, I want to be more loving in-a my heart.
In-a my heart, in-a my heart,
Lord, I want to be more loving in-a my heart.

Words: African-American Spiritual
Music: African-American Spiritual; harm Larry Sivia 1993
Tune: I Want to be a Christian


Closing*      Tune of Edelweiss (inside front cover of hymnal)

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 grade forever.
May the Lord, Mighty God,
Bless and keep you forever.


“Duo sur la Trompette”                  Dandrieu


Calendar of Events

There are no events at the church at the moment due to Covid-19. Our board of directors is discussing how and when we will reopen the church. Our 9:30 am and 1:30 pm Sunday services continue to be Live Streamed through our web site www.stowechurch.org.

AA meetings are zoom only.

The Board of Directors has set the Annual Congregational Meeting for today, Sunday, January 24. It will be  held by Zoom at 11:00 am.  The link is below,  and is also on the home page of the website, just above the live-stream window, letters in red.  

Invitation to the Annual Meeting:

Stowe Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SCC 2021 Annual Congregational Meeting
Time: Jan 24, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Happy Birthday this week to:
Joshua Ziegler today 1/24
James Espey and Natalie Stagnitti on 1/25
Martin Adams on 1/27
Linda Bouramia, Alana LaViale and Tizzy Walker on 1/29
Liam Brown on 1/30

Happy Anniversary this week to:
David and Penny McGaughy on 1/25
Leland and Johanna Darrow on 1/28


Of course, many individuals and organizations have deep financial needs in the midst of the Covid-19 Crisis. Stowe Community Church can certainly use your donations at this time. Click here to donate: http://stowechurch.org/donate/

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.

Please do not forgetting our neighbors in need by donating food for the Lamoille Community Food Share.  Please let Marylou know if you want to donate non-perishable food items.  You can leave them on the front porch, or knock on the front door 8:30 – 2:30 Monday through Friday or leave them at the local grocery store in their food deposit sights.  Thank you.


Musical Notes by Karen Miller

            Prelude: A lied is a German song, especially of the 19th century. In Louis Vierne’s “Lied” from his 24 Pieces in Free Style the quiet melody appears on a prominent registration in the tenor voice. A section of chromatic romanticism follows with a variation of the melody in the soprano line. Tenor and soprano continue to share the melody line with a background of repeating chords on string stops. Louis Vierne (1870-1937) who studied with Franck and Widor was nearly blind. He taught at the Schola Cantorum where Marcel Dupre was one of his students. He was also organist at Notre Dame from 1900 until his death. He is best known for his six organ symphonies but he wrote shorter, lighter pieces, too, like his freestyle pieces. He toured England and the USA as an organ recitalist and died while playing the organ at Notre Dame.

            Offertory: The chorale tune “Allein Gott in der Hoch sei Her” (All Glory Be to God on High) is an old melody that was probably adapted by Nikolaus Decius from an old Gloria tune of an Easter Mass.  Decius (1490-1541) studied at the Latin school in Hof and the University of Leipzig; entered the monastery, served as provost to the Benedictine nunnery at Steterburg, embraced the Reformation movement and studied theology under Martin Luther in Wittenberg; was pastor in Stettin, Leibstadt, and finally Muhlhausen; was sympathetic to the Calvinists; wrote a number of Lutheran hymns; and died suddenly, possibly at the hands of Roman Catholic enemies. The chorale tune was used by Andreas Nikolaus Vetter (1666-1734) to create a short organ work in which only the first phrase is used, and it is treated fugally as it passes from soprano to alto to tenor to bass to pedal until an interlude brings a final statement of the phrase by the soprano and then by the pedal line.

            Postlude: Jean Francois Dandrieu (1681-1738) spent his life in Paris. In his lifetime he was better known as a harpsichordist but was organist at Saint-Merry church in Paris for 34 years. He also played at the Chapel Royal. His published compositions are three books for keyboard, four books of noels, and the Premier Livre de Pieces d’orgue, a collection of six suites on different church tones, each beginning with a setting of the Magnificat and followed by a set of seven more secular movements. They are engaging and very useful pieces in the French Classical (Baroque) style. The “Duo sur la Trompette” features two voices on the same reed stop in a quick, lively duet.