9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

May 9, 2021  – 9:30 am
Happy Mothers’ Day

Prelude           

In Christ There is No East or West”              Darke

Welcome & Announcements

Greeting

Call to Worship         

Prayer of the Day (In Unison)

Come, Lamb of God, light our path as we gather today. Open the gates of our minds and our hearts that your word may penetrate to the depth of our being. Lead us to the river of the water of life And refresh us for the work you have set for us. Sit us down under the tree of life And let us rejoice in the diversity of its fruit and witness to the healing of nations. Show us your glory, Sovereign One as we come to worship you. Amen.

Hymn*             

“I Come with Joy” #420 vs. 1 & 5

I come with joy, a child of God, forgiven, loved and free,
the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me,
in love laid down for me.

Together met, together bound by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world the love that makes us one,
the love that makes us one.

Psalm 98  Lay Readers Heather and Liam Stowe

O sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done marvelous things. God’s right hand and holy arm have gotten the victory.

The Lord has declared victory, and has revealed vindication in the sight of the nations.

The Lord has remembered steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the Lord who reigns.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who live in it.

Let the floods clap their hands;

Let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, who is coming to judge the earth. The Lord will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

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)

Holy One, too often we seek after the peace that the world gives. We strive for financial abundance and positions of status and power. We look for salvation in the gleaming metropolis with its busyness and its skyscrapers and its burgeoning populace, or in the evenly furrowed rows of fertilized farmland, and we relinquish our lives to a reality of our own creation. Forgive us. Show us again the river of the water of life in country and city. Lead us to the tree whose leaves are for the healing of the nations and Sink our roots there, into the soil of your creation. Remind us that before industry, before economy, before agriculture, before all the systems of our own creation, there was your Creation. Turn us back to you, Source of Life. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn         

“Near to the Heart of God” #581 vs. 1 & 3

There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.

(refrain) O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God,
hold us who wait before you near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release, near to the heart of God;
a place where all is joy and peace, near to the heart of God. (refrain)

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

The Mystery Box                  

Special Music.

“Here Comes the Sun”             George Harrison

                               Frank Springer and Liam Stowe

Readings

I John 5:1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

John 15:9-17

 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants[a] any longer, because the servant[b] does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Message     

 “Abide in My Love”                   Rev. Peter Hammond

Offertory

“Our Lord Ascended to Heaven”                         Pachelbel

Doxology*

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

Hymn*

“Every Time I Feel the Spirit”   #592 vs. 1 & 3

(Refrain): Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.

Upon the mountain, my Lord spoke,
out his mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me looks so fine
ask my Lord if all was mine. (refrain)

I have heartache, I have woe,
I have trouble here below.
While God leads me I’ll not fear,
I am sheltered by God’s care. (refrain)

Benediction*

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
Grand Chorus”                                             Guilmant

Calendar of Events

Our 9:30 traditional worship service is open for fully vaccinated church members and friends only, no visitors in May. An RSVP, including contact information, will be required to attend the in-person service. The form is available through a link on the SCC Website and in the Quest.

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

Monday, 5/10 3:15 kids connection in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 5/11 8:00 pm weekly AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday 5/12 Noon Music in May please register to attend                        through the Stowe Performing Arts website. This week Peter Sykes will be playing our organ. 

Happy Birthday this week to:

Diane Lee today 5/9
Jackson George Lendemer on 5/11
Charles Alekson and Alexis Hall on 5/14

Announcements

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 request.

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: The text to the hymn “In Christ There Is No East or West” was written by the Englishman John Oxenham in 1908. Harry T. Burleigh created the tune by adapting an old spiritual “I know the angels done changed my name.” It was named “McKee” to honor the rector of St. George’s Church in New York City. Burleigh was a soloist there for many years. The Protestant Episcopal Hymnal 1940 included the melody as a hymn tune.

Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949) is noted as one of the first black musicians to achieve professional success in “serious music” in the United States. As a boy he sold papers, ran errands, toiled as a houseboy, and worked summers as a deck steward on a Great Lakes passenger boat. He sang in the choir in St. Paul’s Cathedral and earned a scholarship at the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He later taught at this institution for several years. He auditioned to be a baritone soloist at St. George’s Church and was chosen from some 60 applicants. Here he remained for 52 years. He composed many songs and anthems and the arrangements for spirituals. He received honorary degrees from Atlanta University and Harvard University and became a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Offertory: Ascension Day is this coming Thursday. It is the Thursday 40 days after Easter commemorating Christ’s ascension into heaven. Twentieth century German organist/composer Ernest Pepping (1901-1981) wrote a short chorale prelude on the tune “Gen Himmel aufgefahren ist” (loosely translated “Our Lord Ascended into Heaven”). The melody appears in the tenor line with an ascending scale-like opening that later descends to the tonic key. The soprano accompaniment above it features staccato sixteenth notes and punctuated eighth note chords.

Postlude: Alexander Guilmant (1837-1911) as a youth studied with his father and Jacques Lemmens in Brussels. He, then, accepted the position of organist at Holy Trinity Church in Paris in 1871. He also succeeded Charles-Marie Widor as Professor at the Conservatoire teaching such pupils as Dupre, Vierne, and Nadia Boulanger. He wrote a great quantity of organ music, but, unfortunately, at the end of the Romantic period where musical tastes were turning toward Impressionism and twentieth century idioms. He wrote music for all levels of difficulty, from challenging recital pieces to simple liturgical works. His “Grand Chorus” is a march-like piece from his sixth volume of his L”Organiste Pratique (The Practical Organist).