October 24, 2021 – 9:30 am
Lyrics for the hymns, when available, are available by clicking on the title of each hymn.
Prelude “Trio Sonata in D Minor” Bach
Adagio e dolce
Introit: “We Praise Thee, Lord”
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
We gather today to worship the One who created us,
The One who calls us,
The One who equips us,
The One who loves us without end.
With joyful hearts, let us worship God.
Hymn: “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” #453
Gracious God, help us to see your presence in the lives of others. Grant that we may be united in a fellowship of love and prayer. Give us the courage to use our gifts to respond to the needs of the world. Give us the stamina to follow you and to be your hands and heart in the world. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Psalm 67 Lay Reader: Jean Mudgett
O God, be gracious to us and bless us and make your face to shine upon us,
That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere God.
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
Anthem “I have Longed for Thy Saving Health” Byrd
Prayer of Confession (In Unison)
God, You have given each of us many gifts, but sometimes we cannot recognize what gift we have to share, so we keep it hidden. God you remind us that all gifts are needed, but sometimes we let ourselves be convinced that some gifts are more special than others. God, for the times we have ignored or mislabeled your gifts, we ask for forgiveness and grace. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hymn “Jesu, Jesu:” #600
Prayers of the People
Reading Romans 12:3-8
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
Message “Care Through Service” Rev. Dan Haugh
Offertory “Le Prie-Dieu” Oldroyd
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.
Hymn* “Here I Am, Lord” #452
Closing* “Go in Peace”
Postlude “Toccata in Seven” Rutter
Calendar of Events
Our 9:30 Traditional worship service is open to all. Out of respect for others, we do ask that all individuals please wear a mask. We will continue to live stream our services through our website www.stowechurch.org.
Today, 10/24 11:30-2:30 “A Christmas Carol” rehearsal in Fellowship Hall
1 – 3 Community Walk for Healing starting at JCOGS ending here
Tuesday, 10/26, 3:30 – 5:30 “A Christmas Carol” rehearsal in FH
8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday 10/27 5:30 Choir rehearsal
Thursday, 10/28 6 – 8 “A Christmas Carol” rehearsal in FH
Happy Birthday this week to:
Rachel and Rose Stafford, Jerome Bouramia, and David McGaughy on 10/25
Marianne Davis, George Bennum II, Diane Bruns and
Madeleine Finlen-Copeland on 10/28
Liam Stowe on 10/29
Happy Anniversary this week to:
Jacques and Linda Bouramia today 10/24
Johannes and Lynne von Trapp on 10/26
Robert Johnson and Denise Dalmasse on 10/28
The community is invited for a special Blessing of the Costumes this Halloween morning, 10/31/21, at Stowe Community Church. As part of our service, trick or treaters of all ages will be offered a blessing for safety, joy, and bags full of treats during the evening’s activities. All children and all costumes are encouraged to participate in this new town-wide tradition!
One of the many ways in which we serve our local community is to be a part of our community’s events and welcome people of all ages. This Halloween, October 31 both the Parsonage and Church are included in the town’s “Trick or Treat” destinations and we will collect bags (or boxes) of candy all week long and including Sunday morning. If you would like to help pass out candy, please contact Marylou.
The annual giving from the Stowe Faith Communities to the Lamoille Community Food Share for Thanksgiving food baskets has begun for the next 3 weeks, October 31 – November 14, 2021. This giving tradition over the past 31 years was started by Deacon Elise Braun from St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe. Known as Share For Thanksgiving,(was known as Turkey Challenge) food baskets are foranyone in need. Individual and family food insecurity has increased significantly during this continuing time of the Covid Pandemic. Please be as generous as possible in your giving. Make your check payable to Stowe Community Church and put “Share for Thanksgiving” on the memo line. You could put cash in an envelope and put it in the collection plate entering “Share for Thanksgiving” on the envelope. Thank you.
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. Non-perishable items can be put in our two bins, one in the Narthex and one in the hall downstairs. Thank you.
2021 Quilt Raffle is here. Queen sized quilt made by Nancy Tooley. Tickets can be purchased from Marylou during the week, or on Sunday following our worship service. Price for tickets is $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Winning ticket will be drawn on December 4th during the Annual Christmas Fair. You to not need to be present to win. Proceeds from this raffle will benefit the Women’s Fellowship programs.
Musical Notes by Karen Miller
Prelude: J.S. Bach’s six trio sonatas written for two manuals and pedal were probably composed at the beginning of his Leipzig period and intended for the musical education of his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and other pupils. The sonatas all have three sections: two outside quick movements and the middle one a slower one, yet each has a distinctive mood. French 20th century organist Marcel Dupre stated that “They are a true synthesis of all symphonic forms used to this day” and Nicolas Forkel wrote in 1802 “One cannot say enough about their beauty.” Heard today is the middle movement of the third sonata in D Minor.
Anthem: William Byrd (1543-1623) at age 20 was appointed as Organist and Master of the Choristers to Lincoln Cathedral. He then joined the Chapel Royal as a gentleman around 1570 and from 1575 he shared the Chapel Royal organist position with Thomas Tallis. Although remaining a steadfast Catholic all his days he retained his royal employment until his death. He wrote for both choirs and organ. His motet “I Have Longed For Thy Saving Health” reads:
I have longed for thy saving health, O Lord, Thy law is my delight, O let my soul live and it shall praise Thee, and Thy judgments shall help me.
Offertory: George Oldroyd (1886-1951) was an English organist/composer who served at St. George’s Church, Paris, in London at St. Andrew’s, Holborn, in 1919 and then from 1921 until his death at St. Michael’s in Croyden. He taught at Trinity College in London and at London University. He also wrote books and articles on fugue, polyphony, and plainchant. His organ pieces are mostly short and few in number. “Le Prie-Dieu” (Prayer to God), written in 1949 near the end of his life, is a quiet, calm, and tranquil piece with a melody presented on a separate manual, sometimes in the soprano range, sometimes in the tenor.
Postlude: John Milford Rutter (b. 1945) studied at Clare College in Cambridge, England and then became the director of music there from 1975-1979. He is best known for his choral music and carol settings, but he has also written an opera, and several works for orchestra and choirs. His organ pieces are few but include a catchy “Toccata in 7” that has a bright, rhythmic presence with a driving force partly aided by his time signature of 7/8, seven beats per measure.