9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

April 11, 2021  – 9:30 am


“O Filii et Filiae” (O Sons and Daughters)      Dandrieu

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship         

Prayer of the Day (In Unison)

Holy God, Grant us the gift of dreaming: The dream of a world enjoying its extraordinary colour and beauty; not viewing life through tunnel-vision, grey-tinted spectacles. The dream of breadth and variety in glorious harmony; not definition through division, prejudice and ignorance. The dream of acceptance and inclusion; not judgement and exclusion. The dream of your love and humour; not our idolatry and self-righteousness. The dream of ‘we might’; not ‘we can not’. God give us the vision and imagination to dream and enable us to make the dream a reality. We come now into the silence of this place with gratitude for this day. We come with our needs. And we come because we have gifts to share. In our coming and in our going may we be strengthened in our bonds of love and peace. Amen.


“Thine Is the Glory” vs. 1 & 2

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded graveclothes where thy body lay.
Refrain: Thine is the glory, risen, conquering son,
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for our Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. (refrain)

Words: Edmund L. Budry 1904, tr. R. Birch Hoyle 1923
Music: George Frederick Handel 1746

April 11, 2021  Psalm 133      Lay Reader: Karen Monsent

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there God ordained a blessing: life forevermore!

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 (In Unison)

God of all life, known to us through Jesus Christ, active among us through the empowering Spirit, we give thanks for your abundant and steadfast love. Entrusting ourselves to that love, we offer this prayer of confession. Forgive us when we do not plunge into the waters of faithfulness, when we do not dare to go below the surface, when we remain timid waders in the spiritual shallows. Forgive us when our table manners reflect more interest in self-service than in sharing, when our appetite for Christ diminishes. Forgive us when we regard the cross as decoration and consider its message as peripheral, when we back away from its beckonings toward costly discipleship. Gracious God, receive our prayer and grant us your gracious support as we strive to live our faith with the boldness and bravery of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon


“Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” vs 1 & 3

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove,
with all your quickening powers;
kindle a flame of sacred love
in these cold hearts of ours.

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove,
With your enlivening ways;
Come, shed abroad the Savior’s love,
And teach our hearts to praise.

Words:  Isaac Watts 1707
Music: John B. Dykes 1866

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

The Mystery Box                  

Special Music.  The Lamb”             Coleman
Janet Wilkins-Godin and Bob Marshall


John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah,[c] the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


“Bringing the Story to Life”     Rev. Peter Hammond


“Abide With Us, Lord Jesus”               Marpurg


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


“He Lives!” vs. 1 & 3

I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today;
I know that he is living, whatever others say.
I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer,
And just the time I need him, he’s always near.

Refrain: He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me now I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find;
None other is so loving, so good and kind. (refrain)

Words: Alfred H. Ackley 1933
Music: Alfred H. Ackley 1933


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.

“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”      Jordan

Calendar of Events

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.

Tuesday, 4/13  8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall

Happy Birthday this week to:

Lana Burkhardt and James Vaus today 4/11
Matt Anderson and Neil Van Dyke 4/12
Samuel Salvas on 4/15
Stella Frame on 4/16

Happy Anniversary this week to:
John and Margie Rains on 4/15


Our deepest sympathies to family and friends of Robert Adams who was born to eternal life on March 31, 2021.

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 forget 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 containers. Thank you.

Musical Notes by Karen Miller

            Prelude: The hymn tune “O Filii et Filiae” is an old 15th century French carol. Its composer is unknown but it is always paired with the text “O Sons and Daughters, Sing Your Praise,” Easter hymn no. 220 in the Chalice Hymnal. The text has been frequently altered during its years of use but the tune is basically unchanged. The original text was written by Jean Tisserand (? – 1494), a Franciscan monk who founded an order for penitent women. He is believed to have written an office (worship service) commemorating the martyrdom of Franciscan monks in Morocco in 1220. Tisserand wrote a number of Latin hymns, his most famous being “O Filii et Filiae” published after his death. It appeared in the Airs sur les hymnes sacrez, odes et noels of 1623.

Jean Francois Dandrieu (1681? – 1738) was a Parisian keyboard musician best known as a harpsichordist, but organist at Saint-Merry in Paris for 34 years and also at the Chapel Royal. He wrote a set of about ten variations on this hymn tune, exploring the tonal resources of the organ and ornamented style of the age.

Offertory: Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg (1718 – 1795) was an editor, writer, and critic, holding a number of different positions over the course of his lifetime. He is believed to have worked in a secret military post – in Paris and Hamburg. In 1763 he held the post of “Director of the Prussian Lottery.” He was acquainted with J.S. Bach and even wrote a preface to the second edition of Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue.” Known as one of the leading music theorists in the 18th century, Marpurg published his own treatise on the fugue in 1754. He also wrote music for the organ and harpsichord. His organ compositions include many short chorale based works. His “Ach bleib uns, Herr Jesu Christ” (Abide With Us, Lord Jesu) is a good example.

Postlude: The hymn tune “Azmon” first appeared anonymously in Lowell Mason’s The Modern Psalmist in 1839. Mason had toured Europe to pick up many melodies for use in his future musical publications, and he had visited composer Carl G. Glaser. When Mason included this tune in his 1859 The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book, he named it “Denfield” and credited it to “C.G.” In later publications Mason changed the name to Azmon”, a name mentioned in Numbers, chapter 34.

Alice Jordan’s organ piece based on this tune begins with three decorated statements of the tune before a change in key and two more bold statements of the melody.

This tune appears in the Chalice Hymnal as Hymn No. 5 with the text “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”