9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

June 20, 2021  – 9:30 am

—  We are not including the words to the hymns until we hear from our online congregation that they would like to see them again in this bulletin.  Call MaryLou at 253-7257 to let her know! —

Prelude         “How Fair and Pleasant”                     Dupre

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship         

Prayer of the Day (In Unison)

Loving God, when we are inclined to worry or panic,
speak with authority to us.
Speak directly through Jesus so that fears may be confronted
and our faith reinstated.
Through him and in him let us spend our days and nights
with the courage and peace of those who know
they are being saved and sustained by grace.
And to you be the glory and praise;


“God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”     #725

Psalm 133                  Lay Reader:     David McGaughy        #764  

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 his 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)

Merciful God,
when lashed by life’s windstorms
we often lash out in return.
Forgive us
when we blame you or others
for our troubles.
Teach us to find you
in the eye of the storm.
Show us the calm center
that comes from a word of peace.

Assurance of Pardon


“Take My Life”                                               #609

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

The Mystery Box                  

Special Music       “Good, Good Father”                Chris Tomlin
Chris Vigneau, piano and Courtney DeRienzo Smith, soloist


Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


“Peace in the Storm”               Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton


“Echo”                    Chaumont


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


“Go, My Children, with My Blessing”                 #431


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.

Postlude            “Hark! The Jubilee is Sounding”                          Read

Calendar of Events

Our 9:30 traditional worship service and 1:30 contemporary service are open for 75 attendees, vaccinated and up to 54 unvaccinated church members, friends and visitors.

Our 9:30 am and 1:30 pm Sunday services continue to be Live Streamed through our web site www.stowechurch.org.

Tuesday, 6/22 Office will be closed all day
              5:30 – 7:00 Women’s Fellowship in Fellowship Hall
              8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 6/23 Office closed all day

Happy Birthday this week to:

Christine Demeritt, Brett Johnson and Lauren Tewhill today 6/20
Robyn Anderson on 6/21
Kerry Douglas on 6/22
Phil Ballyk , Charles Betz and Susan Russell on 6/24
Michael Gibson on 6/26

Happy Anniversary this week to:

Doug and Deana Hailey & David and Ruth Roy on 6/24
James Hodge and Carole R. Artman Hodge on 6/25

Special Announcement from   The Pastoral Search Committee:

 “This week the Church’s Board of Directors voted on and approved the Pastoral Search Committee’s recommendation to call a new pastor to our Church! He is Reverend Daniel Haugh, Associate Pastor of Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, CT.

On July 18 he will preach at the Church’s 9:30 am Traditional Service. Then, at a Special Congregation Meeting immediately following the service, the congregation of the Church will be asked to approve calling him to become our Church’s pastor, he would be starting here on September 1, 2021.

We are all very excited to move into this new chapter in the 101st year of Stowe Community Church’s life! More information will follow. “

Thank you, Barbara Purinton, for leading us in worship today. Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv), Eastern Baptist Theological School (now Palmer Seminary) DMin, and a 2014 Graduate of Goddard College (MFA in Creative Writing). She has served churches in Jeffersonville and Danville/North Danville with her husband Charlie and served as pastor in Richmond for 19 years. Since 2011 she has served 6 churches as interim pastor, and will begin as interim in Weybridge later this summer. She is a certified Spiritual Director and  just retired after 30 years as an EMT.  Barbara lives in North Hero with her husband, daughter and grandchildren.

If you wish to donate to Stowe Community Church for church activities, including missions, Christian education and local community support, please visit: 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. You can leave them in the basket in the Narthex or in the box downstairs in the hall or leave them at the local grocery store in their food deposit sights. Thank you.


Musical Notes by Karen Miller

Prelude: An antiphon traditionally is a versicle or psalm sung by one choir in reply to another. Antiphons in the liturgical churches are sung before or after the psalm or canticle. Later, antiphons arose without connection to psalms or use of plainsong melodies. The English word “anthem” is derived from “Antiphons”. In 1916 French organist/composer Marcel Dupre wrote a collection of 15 short organ pieces based on antiphons that are derived from the “Magnificata” or “Ave Maris Stella” or The Song of Solomon. “How Fair and Pleasant Art Thou” is the last of five pieces based on The Song of Solomon. This quiet, gentle piece combines running eighth notes in 6/8 rhythm with modern tonalities to create an almost pastoral mood.

            Marcel Dupre (1886-1971) became assistant organist to Widor at St. Sulpice in Paris from 1906, and when Widor retired in 1934, Dupre took over that position, holding it until his death in 1971. Between Widor and Dupre, they spanned 101 years at St. Sulpice. Dupre was a renowned recitalist and teacher. He toured in England and the United States. Many young organists journeyed to Paris for his instruction. He was a phenomenal improviser, and many of his published pieces were reworkings of his improvisations.

            Offertory: An “echo” organ piece is a short work that uses two keyboards. One is louder and soloistic while the “echo” is quieter. Lambert Chaumont (born between 1630 and 1640, died in 1712) included three of these pieces in his organ collection Pieces d’orgue sur les huit tons (1695) which contains 111 short pieces on the 8 ecclesiastical tones and is written in the French classical style. Chaumont was born and lived in the Netherlands, principally in Huy, a little town on the Maas, halfway between Namur and Liege. A monk at the Carmelite monastery in Leige in 1659, he became a novitiate in Reims, was ordained a priest, and from 1674 was a parish priest in Huy. He was probably self-taught as a musician and the music that he wrote and the organ he played resembled the French school in this period.

            Postlude: Gardner Read taught music composition at Boston University for 30 years. He was known as a demanding taskmaster. He pushed his students to think “outside the box” and develop their own unique compositional styles. He did no less himself. In 1951 he wrote a collection of chorale-preludes based on old Southern hymns, and then in 1960 he wrote a second set, from which “Hark! The Jubilee is Sounding” comes. A contemporary accompaniment in the treble voices is heard above a bold statement of the hymn tune in the pedal line.