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Sunday Bulletin



Celebration Service  Sept 24, 2023 9:30am

Prelude            “Pastorale”                                          Darius Milhaud

Welcome & Announcements                       

Call to Worship


Rejoice, people of God: this is our Sabbath day.
Rejoice, friends in Christ: this is our time for worship.
God ordained the Sabbath, rest and restoration.
God is worthy of worship, our Creator, Healer, and Inspiration.
So then, let us worship God.

Hymn*              “All Things Bright and Beautiful”                   #61

Unison Prayer

We thank You, God, for everything we delight in – 

sunlight in autumn days, color in nature and art, 

rhythm in poetry and music; 

human achievement and family success; 

good humor; 

work well done; 

love and friendship 

and all your gifts to body and soul. Amen

The Lord's Prayer

Children’s Message

Psalm  37:1-6  Lay Reader: Dian Williams                              page 510     


Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,

For they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

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        “O Give Thanks”                                     Don Gardner   

Prayers of the People          

Hymn               “Near to the Heart of God” 

Reading   Mark 2:23-28 


One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.  The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?  In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Message    “Sabbath: Finding Delight”                      Rev. Dan Haugh

Offering    “Amazing Grace”                                 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*              “My Life Flows On”                                     #619


Closing*         “Amen”
Postlude      “Trumpet Voluntary in D”                 John Travers


Calendar of Events

Monday, 9/25              Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 9/26              2:30 QYD in Fellowship Hall

                                      8:00 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 9/27        Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                       5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Choir Loft

Thursday, 9/28            2:30 QYD in Fellowship Hall

Happy Birthday this week to:

Ruth Brown and Cameron Taylor today, 9/24

Amy Andrus, Rebecca Percy and Kelly Shaw on 9/27

Bear Warren on 9/28

Aaron Andrus, Keegan Labor and Bill Stowe on 9/29

Juliet Schmidt on 9/30

Happy Anniversary this week to:

Robert and Megan Liljedahl & John and Leslie Peterman on 9/25

Christopher and Whitney Vigneau on 9/28


The ushers today are Camille and Christian Cobaugh.  Thank you for helping today.

Out prayer focus for September: The Christian Education Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing educational activities and programs designed to nurture the spiritual growth and development of the youth within the congregation. This committee plays a vital role in creating an environment where young individuals can deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, develop strong moral values, and build a personal relationship with God. The committee's primary focus is to support the youth in their spiritual journey and equip them with the knowledge and tools to live out their faith in their daily lives.

Please Join us in praying for this team: Pastor Dan Haugh, Lauren Jennings, Chris DeRienzo, Taryn Noelle, and Dr. Bob Arnot in support of our areas of need such as paid staff, volunteers, and the support to precure items needed to enhance the classroom settings for our children.


The Stowe Community Church announces auditions for their 2023 Christmas play!  This year we are presenting the beloved and classic tale "A Charlie Brown Christmas!"  Auditions are open to all children, youth and teens in grades K through 12, from Stowe, Waterbury, Morrisville and other neighboring communities- ALL are welcome at this Inn!!  Children under the age of 7 will need an adult present at the auditions.  The auditions will be fun, friendly and inclusive! We will play a few ice breaker theatre games, do a little warm up and then learn a piece of choreography, a song and read some short scenes/ sides from the musical.  If time allows we will also do some fun theatre improv exercises.


Auditions will be on Friday September 29th, from 3:30-5:30 pm AND on Sunday October 1st, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  You do not need to attend both days, just choose the best day and time for your young performer!


Rehearsals will be on Sunday's from 2:00-4:00 pm, and on Wednesday's from 5:30-7:30 pm, and will begin on Wednesday October 4th.  Not everyone will always be called to every rehearsal, and we will be sending out weekly rehearsal emails so that everyone knows when they are expected to be at rehearsal.

The Performances will be on Friday and Saturday December 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday December 3rd at 1:00 pm.  All auditions and rehearsals will be downstairs in Fellowship Hall at the Stowe Community Church.  The week of the Show, (also known as Tech Week), ALL cast members will be expected to attend most days of the week leading up to the Performances, which will include dress rehearsals.  


If you have any questions at all about the Production and the Auditions, please feel free to reach out to the Stage Director, Taryn Noelle, at: 

SCC Mission Committee's Focus for the Month: Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

"Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope." This month, we highlight the great work that our local Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity chapter is doing helping neighbors achieve stable housing nearby in Lamoille County, as well as in adjacent counties in Northwestern Vermont. 

"Those most impacted by this affordable housing crisis are our workers: the restaurant employees, hospitality staff, agricultural workers, and small business owners who fuel our way of life. These are the people who drive our economic growth, shape our children, and support our communities.

Green Mountain Habitat is on a mission to help those most in need of affordable housing build a better life for themselves and their children. Families who partner with Habitat build their own homes alongside volunteers, pay an affordable mortgage, and are grateful for the community’s support."

Copley Woodlands needs help.  They need people to come to lead some fun programs. This could be weekly or monthly and could include leading an exercise class, yoga, painting, art, music or board games..almost anything our congregation may be willing to offer for the residents at Copley Woodlands.

Would anyone at home or in the hospital like to receive communion?

One of our deacons could come and have a small communion service for you.  Just call or email Marylou and we will schedule one for you.

Save the Dates:

New Member Orientation on 10/22/23 following the morning worship service in Fellowship Hall in person or Zoom meeting on Monday 10/23/23 at 6pm. These are for anyone interested in learning more about our church or signing up to become members. 

We will welcome new members on Sunday, 11/5/23 at our 9:30 worship service.

Stowe Community Church and Sheel Gardner Anand are partnering to send a little bit of Stowe home with you.  “Stowe at Last Light on Mt. Mansfield” by local artist, Sheel Gardner Anand (see prints on the wall in the Narthex). To purchase, please visit  50% of all net profits will be donated to the Stowe Steeple Society Building Preservation Fund, which provides for the preservation of this iconic 1863 Church building.


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 fill out the prayer request form in the bulletin and put it in the offering plate or hand it to an usher to deliver to the office. 


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.


 Musical Notes by Karen Miller


Prelude: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) studied in Paris and particularly embraced the music of Debussy, Mussorgsky, and Stravinsky. He traveled to Rio de Janeiro in 1916 as secretary at the legation and returned to become a controversial innovator in French Music. During World War II he traveled to the U.S. and from 1947 to 1962 was instructor both at Mills College in Oakland, California and the Paris Conservatoire. His compositional output was mainly for orchestra, stage and ballet, but he did write a few organ pieces. His “Pastorale” shows the influence of Impressionism on his music.


Anthem: Don Gardner’s “O Give Thanks Unto the Lord” has a text adapted from Psalm 118 and reads:

            O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, because his mercy endureth forever.

            Thou are my God, and I will praise Thee, O praise Thy holy name.

            The Lord is my salvation, praise Thy name for evermore.


Offertory: Alec Wyton (1931-2007) was born in London and studied at Exeter College in Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music. Organist at St. Matthew’s in Northampton, he moved to the USA and eventually gravitated to New York City where he was organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 1954-1974. He then became organist at St. James Episcopal Church and finally, upon retirement, was organist at St. Stephen’s in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He taught at the Manhattan School and was its chairman until 1993. He published about 100 organ compositions. His “Amazing Grace” is from his collection Preludes for Christian Praise.


Postlude: John Travers (1703-1758) was a chorister of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor and son of a Windsor shoemaker. His first organ appointment was at St. Paul’s, Covent Garden in 1726 and at Fulham Parish Church. From 1737 he was one of the organists at the Chapel Royal. He was a pupil of Maurice Greene, but most of Travers’ compositions have been lost. His “Trumpet Voluntary in D” was written for the English organ of his time which had no pedals, no 16’ manual stops, and trumpet stops that were bright and of medium strength, well suited to the trumpet stop on this organ.




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