Celebration Service July 3, 2022 – 9:30 am
Lyrics and music for the hymns, when legally sharable,
are available by clicking on the title of each hymn.
Prelude “Christ is my life’s salvation” Pachelbel
Welcome & Announcements
For the beauty of the summer day,
And the comfort of friends nearby;
For the invitation to love and be loved,
For our God who extends that call;
For time set apart to nourish the soul,
For time to go out into the world armed with love:
For all these things we give thanks. Let us worship God.
Hymn* “When Morning Gilds the Skies” #100
You invite us to serve you in freedom and in peace.
Give to the people of our nation a zeal for justice
and the strength for forbearance,
that we may use our liberty
in accordance with your gracious will.
We ask this in the name of the one
who welcomes all to be free indeed.
Inspire us to live and worship in your freedom
and for the sake of your Kingdom. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Psalm 146:1-10 Lay Reader: David McGaughy
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord their God,
Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free; and opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, and loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers, and upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
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
Special Music “Distant Lands” John Rutter
Lesley Rust, soloist
Prayers of the People
Hymn* “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” #720
Reading: Luke 8:26-39
Then they arrived at the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on shore, a man from the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had not worn any clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, shouting, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me,” 29 for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding, and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd stampeded down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37 Then the whole throng of people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Message “Breaking of Chains" Rev. Dan Haugh
Offertory “In Thee is Joy” Dupre
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*. “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” #721
Closing* (Tune of Edelweiss)
May the Lord, Mighty
GodBless and keep you forever.
Grant you peace, gracious peace,
Strength in every endeavor.
Lift up your eyes and see his face.
And his grace forever.
May the Lord, Mighty God,
Bless and keep you forever.
Postlude Sortie on “National Hymn” George Warren/Lani Smith
*Please stand as you are willing and able.
Calendar of Events
Our 9:30 Traditional worship service is open to all. Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. We will continue to live stream our services through our website www.stowecommunitychurch.org.
Today, 7/3 5:30 cookout & evening worship(see more below)
Monday, 7/4 Office Closed
Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, 7/5 8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, 7/6 Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Happy Birthday this week to:
Sarah Hailey today, 7/3
Yannah Ziegler and Rachael Ross on 7/6
Brad Burkhardt, Abigail Rice and James Stephenson on 7/7
David Bradbury and Reilly Faith on 7/8
Sebatian James on 7/9
The ushers today are the Deacons. Thank you for helping today.
Please sign up on the clip board in the narthex to usher.
All are welcome to a cookout and evening worship service today, Sunday, July 3rd.
Weather permitting, we will gather on the lawn at the Parsonage for a 4th of July-themed service of music and messages with a focus on freedom. The musical genres for this evening service span from contemporary Christian to folk, gospel, pop, jazz, classic rock, and Broadway classics. Come at 5:30 pm for some grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and please bring a chair/blanket, beverages, and picnic supplies. The service will begin at 6 pm.
Please help with the Stowe Community Church Back Pack Drive.
See the enclosed information sheet. New items need to be brought in by July 17th. Thank you.
Hello, the Stowe Community Church will have a tent setup on the front lawn on July 4th. We will be selling homemade cookies, which was a huge hit with the parade crowd last year. You can help us out by baking some cookies and packaging them with four cookies per plastic wrap or baggie. You can drop them off at the church on Sunday July 3rd, or Monday morning after 10:00 am. If you need to drop off at a different time then please contact me. Bidi, Penny, Theresa and Meg will start around 10:30.
Meg Scotti 🍪
Date: Sunday, July 24 1pm - 3pm
Description: Stowe Land Trust relies on volunteers from our community to help keep our well-used and well-loved trails in top shape. We need a few extra sets of hands to help remove the old Howard Carol Memorial Bridge so a new one can be installed in its place. Working with SLT staff, the crew will deconstruct the current bridge and carry the materials to the trailhead. Total time should be less than two hours. This work is suitable for older teens and adults. For more information, email email@example.com
Musical Notes by Karen Miller
Prelude: the tune for “Christ is My Life’s Salvation” (the German chorale “Christus, der ist mein Leben”) was written by Melchior Vulpius (b.ca. 1560-d.ca. 1615). He was a German composer and cantor who composed chorales and edited a musical compendium. He was a Lutheran cantor in Weimar for 14 years. Several collections of his contrapuntal settings of established tunes were published in the 16th century. Several of his tunes are included in contemporary hymnals, including this tune featured today which is the music to Hymn No. 719 in the Chalice Hymnal. Several Baroque organ composers wrote chorale preludes on this melody including this partita by Pachelbel. It begins with the choral tune and is followed by 12 partitas (variations) on the melody.
Anthem: “Distant Land” by John Rutter is a prayer for freedom written in 1990 after the demolition of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. Its premiere was in Carnegie Hall, New York. The text reads:
I see a distant land; it shines so clear. Sometimes it seems so far, sometimes so near. Come, join together, take the dusty
road. Help one another, share the heavy load. The journey may be long no end in sight; there may be hills to climb, or giants to fight; but if you’ll take my hand, we’ll walk together t’ward the land of freedom, freedom.
I hear a distant song; it fills the air. I hear it, deep and strong, rise up in prayer: O Lord, we are many; help us to be one. Heal our divisions: let thy will be done. I know the time will come when war must cease. A time of truth and love, a time of peace. The people cry, “How long till all our world can join the song of freedom, freedom.”
I touch a distant land and feel it glow; the hand I hoped was there; at last I know. Swords into ploughshares: can it all come true? Friends out of strangers: start with me and you. I see another time, another place where we can all be one, one human race. The walls will melt away, we’ll come together on the day of freedom, freedom, freedom.
Offertory: The German chorale tune “In Dir ist Freude” (In
Thee is Joy) was written by Johann Lindemann, an adaptation from a madrigal by Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi. Twentieth century French organist and composer Marcel Dupre wrote a short, simple piece based on this melody where the tune is clearly heard in the soprano line.
Postlude: The composer of the tune “National Anthem” which is the music to Hymn No. 725 in the Chalice Hymnal was written by George W. Warren (1820-1902), an accomplished organist, though largely self-taught, serving Episcopal churches in Albany, Brooklyn, and New York City. Lani Smith (b. 1934) created an exuberant sortie (exit piece) based on this melody. Since 1967 she has worked for the Lorenz Music Publishing Co. which has published her pieces, too.
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