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Sunday Bulletin




Celebration Service  May 28, 2023 – 9:30 am


Lyrics and music for the hymns, when legally sharable,

are available by clicking on the title of each hymn.

Prelude  “Poeme Mystique”                              Richard Purvis


Introit     “In Loving Partnership We Come”

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

Come, sing a new song of worship.
Come, sing a new song of praise.

Today is a day of a promise fulfilled.

With joy we celebrate Pentecost.

Pentecost – a day when power and comfort flowed.

Pentecost – a day of hope and inspiration.

A day when the Holy Spirit was revealed in flaming glory

and the glory was given to the people.

The fire of the Holy Spirit lives on in us.

Sing praises!
We sing praises, indeed!

Hymn         “O Worship the King”                                    #17

Unison Prayer


Holy One,
ignite within us a fiery passion for your mission in the world today.
Warm us by the Spirit’s dancing tongues of flame,
that we may feel your kindling blaze within,
urging us to do your greater good.
Make us wholly present to experience a new birth,
and awaken possibilities within us to share your love in the world.
In this love and abundance, we come to celebrate your harvest—
a harvest bearing the first fruits of the Spirit within us.
Show us how to use these gifts, as we listen for your truth
in the gentle breeze of your Spirit. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Children’s Message      

Psalm 104: 24-34       Lay Reader: Carrie Alario              

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   “The Lone Wild Bird”                         arr. Michael Larkin

                   Amy Cobaugh, flute


Prayers of the People          

Hymn        “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”                     #254

Reading         Acts 2:1-21      

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
   I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
   your young men will see visions,
   your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
   I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
   and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
   and signs on the earth below,
   blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood
   before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
   on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Message    “Transition of Power”                     Rev. Debbie Ingram


Offertory       “The Church’s One Foundation”    Alec Wyton


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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*          “O For a World”                                #683


Closing             “O God Who Has Called Us”

Postlude        Sortie on “National Hymn”            Lani Smith




Monday, 5/29              Office Closed

Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 5/30             8:00 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 5/31        Noon Music in May

Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    5:30 choir rehearsal in Organ Loft

Saturday, 6/3               9 – 1:30 Red Cross Blood Drive in FH

                                    6:00 Fund raiser for Lamoille County Clergy

                                    Benevolent Fund at Blessed Sacrament

                                    7:00 Fund raising concert in Sanctuary


Happy Birthday this week to:

Nicolas Daliere, John Daliere and Evelyn Rose Bower on 5/30

Daniel Baumann and Jesse Brown on 5/31

Alexis Faith on 6/1

Brittany Clark and William Bradbury on 6/2

Eric Beecy, Kailey Hulse, Darlene-Sue Lord and Monica Wentz on 6/3


Our deepest sympathies to Louise Deuso and family and friends of Richard Deuso who was born to eternal life on May 19, 2023.  His service will be here on Friday, June 9th at 11:00 am. 


Our deepest sympathies to Patty Soper and family for the loss of her younger brother Larry Shepler on May 20, 2023. 


Thank you, Debbie Ingram for leading us in worship today.  Debbie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the Executive Director of Vermont Interfaith Action, a coalition of congregations across the state that seeks to effect systemic change on social justice issues. She earned her BA from Stanford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and she completed a fellowship in preaching and ethics at Cambridge University, England. She served for two years as a pastor in southern California before moving to Bangladesh, where she lived for seven years, writing, producing, and directing videos for organizations working in poverty alleviation. Debbie recently served as a Vermont state senator for four years, and she does pulpit supply frequently for congregations all over the state.

Noon Music in May, 5/31/23 Trio Raconteur, Piano Trio – Violin, Cello, Piano

Trios by Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonin Dvorak

Amy Schroeder, Violin (pedagogue/founding member. Grammy Award winning Attaca Quartet)

Felix Umansky, Cello (also performs with the Harlem Quartet!)

Yalin Chi, piano (Master Sergeant and pianist with the West Point Jazz Knights)

Next Sunday, June 4, 2023 9:30 worship and 6:00 pm outdoor service at Parsonage Park.  5:00 pm cookout before the service. Hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken will be on the grill, bring a dish to share.  Don’t forget your chairs and/or blankets.


New Members Welcome - Sunday, June 11th

We are excited to welcome new members to our church family on Sunday, June 11th. If you are interested in learning more about joining Stowe Community Church, please contact Pastor Dan.


During the month of May we are asking for prayers for our Music Committee. The Stowe Community Church Music Committee currently has 5 members: Mort Butler, Janet Godin, Karen Miller, Greg Morrill and Carol Peterman While the focus is music for the 9:30 Sunday service, it also reviews concert requests for facility use, organizes the Christmas Messiah sing, and invites guest musicians. It meets at least quarterly, and often monthly. Recently it has been more connected with the monthly Evening Worship Service. The committee encourages comments and suggestions from the congregation, and we hope you all attend and enjoy Noon Music in May this month, presented by Stowe Performing Arts. 


Music Notes by Karen Miller


Prelude: Richard Purvis (1913-1994) was born in San Francisco, attended Curtis Institute of Music on a full scholarship, entered the service in WWII, was a prisoner of war in Stalag 13, and returned to California to become organist at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco where he frequently butted heads with Bishop James A. Pike. A close friend Ed Stout described Purvis’ music as “movie music for the Episcopal Church, with color, drama, and unique registrations.” Biographer James Welsh never forgot “the force exerted by his presence and personality. Imperious and demanding? Often. Genial and Generous? Frequently. A brilliant exponent of mid-20th – century American romanticism for the organ overdue for rediscovery? Without question.”  “Poeme Mystique” is an example of his work and incorporates the hymn tune “Manna” or “Mercy”. An ethereal beginning introduces the hymn tune in the tenor voice that fades back into the beginning mood to end the piece.

 Anthem: “The Lone Wild Bird in Lofty Flight” combines a text by Henry McFadyen (1877-1964) and an old southern folk tune from “Southern Harmony.” The text reads:

            The lone wild bird in lofty flight, is still with Thee nor leaves

            Thy sight

            And I am Thine, I rest in Thee, great Spirit come and rest in me.

            The ends of earth are in Thy hand, the sea’s dark deep and far off


            And I am Thine, I rest in Thee, great Spirit come and rest in me.

            The lone wild bird in lofty flight is still with Thee nor leaves Thy


            And I am Thine, I rest in Thee, great Spirit come and rest in


We thank Amy Cobaugh for accompanying the choir on her flute this morning.

Offertory: Alec Wyton (1921-2007) was organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and St. James’ Church in New York City. His compositions number more than 100, and he was coordinator of the Standing Committee on Church Music that produced The Hymnal 1982 for the Episcopal Church. His short organ piece on “The Church’s One Foundation” features the melody first in the soprano line, then in the alto.   

Postlude: As well as being Pentecost Sunday, it is also Memorial Day weekend and a good time to feature a rousing piece based on the hymn tune, “National Hymn” that we know to the text “God of Our Fathers, whose Almighty Hand.”



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