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Sunday Bulletin



Celebration Service  May 19, 2024 9:30am

Prelude        “Song 13”                                            Percy Whitlock

Introit     “Clap Your Hands”

Welcome & Announcements       


Call to Worship   

Who puts the copper into beach trees and the waddle into penguins

who chose the colors of a rainbow and put shapes into clouds


The Spirit of creation God’s imagination


Who put the notes into music and picked the dance steps for bees

who placed the hum in hummingbirds

and decided elephants would listen with their feet


The Spirit of creation God’s imagination


Who invented yeast to make bread rise and put the curve into a banana

who made laughter infectious and chocolate taste like heaven


The Spirit of creation God’s imagination


Today is Pentecost 

and we celebrate the energy of God

who created us

and brings us together in a colorful and loving community 

We call her the Spirit

Come, let us worship the Spirit of creation!


Hymn*                            “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”              #5


Unison Prayer 


Spirit God, blow into our lives, move us to action, break down the walls that separate us. Where our language divides, offer us translation. Where our fear overcomes, fill us with the fire of courage. Where our lives are becalmed, fill our sails with wind,

moving us forward into the unknown future.

Fill us with the hope and promise of Pentecost! Amen.

The Lord's Prayer  

Children's Message  

 Psalm  67        Lay Reader: Jerrine Gangas                                         


May God, be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,

That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

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           “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless”               Titcomb

Mission Moment  Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)     Laura Rice

Prayers of the People

Hymn                           “On Pentecost They Gathered”                       #237

Reading          John 14:15-28


15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Message        “The Promise of the Spirit”                           Rev. Dan Haugh


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Offertory                  “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Lord and God”               Bach


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*                        “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove”                     #248


Closing:                    “Praise to the Lord”  

Postlude           “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Lord and God”  Buxtehude


Calendar of Events


Monday, 5/20              Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    3-4:30 Sparks in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 5/21             2-6 QYD in Fellowship Hall

                                    7:30 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 5/22        Noon Music in May in sanctuary

Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Organ Loft

Happy Birthday this week to:

Trevor Glowac and Jean Mudgett today 5/19

Maggie Alberghini and Madeleine Saylor on 5/21

Matthew Goodson on 5/22

Theresa Tedstone and Christopher Vigneau on 5/23

Betsy Damon and Michael Wentz on 5/24

Happy Anniversary this week to:

Travis and Rebecca Spaulding on 5/20

Matt and Leslie Anderson, Tex and Diane Bruns, and

Mark and Kelly Cowles on 5/25


Our deepest sympathies to Kay Stephenson and family & friends for the loss of Jim Stephenson.  He was born to eternal life on May 13, 2024.


The ushers today are  Ray and Mary Kay Bushnell  Thank you for helping today.

Mission Moment

Welcome Laura Rice, the Executive Director of CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation).  CLiF’s mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among under-resourced children in New Hampshire and Vermont.  They provide free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to under-resourced children up to age 12.  Early literacy skills are one of the strongest indicators of a child’s future success. Yet more than two-thirds of fourth graders from low-income families in New Hampshire and Vermont do not read proficiently.  CLiF’s programs aim to increase children’s enjoyment of reading and writing; provide access to high-quality reading materials that meet the interests of young readers; and give families, schools, libraries, correctional facilities, and other organizations the tools they need to encourage literacy skills.


Dan and family will be away this week on vacation.   


This week Noon Music in May features Renana Gutnam, pianist.

The Celebration of Life service for Marcia Johannesen will be on June 1st here at 11:00 am. 

New Members welcome Sunday, June 2

For more information about joining the church, please contact Marylou in the office.

Scuba Bible Camp in August, 19th – 23rd, 9:00 am – 12 noon

Bible Camp is available for all students from K-5th grade, and for Middle School Students, 6th-8th to do Outreach/Missions Volunteering! High School Students are welcome and encouraged to join us as High School Camp Counselors, and those students can get Community Service hours for their time! For more information and to register please contact Taryn Noelle.

A special congregational meeting and brunch is scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd, directly after the 9:30am worship service. All members and friends of the church are warmly welcomed to join a presentation and discussion of a potential capital campaign. Following the presentation, Stowe Community Church members will have the opportunity to vote on whether to move forward with a public campaign.

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 pew 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: The tune “Song 13” was created by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), an English composer, organist, and virginalist. In 1596 he entered the King’s college choir in Cambridge and became the Chapel Royal organist in 1604. He became chamber musician to the King in 1619 and organist of Westminster Abbey in 1623. He wrote church music including anthems, motets, and madrigals, and 40 keyboard pieces. He was a renowned early English composer. Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) wrote an organ hymn-prelude on this melody in 1945, where the melody is heard phrase by phrase in the soprano line on a solo stop. Whitlock was a Rochester Cathedral chorister before studying at the Royal College of Music. He then returned to Rochester Cathedral as assistant organist. He served St. Mary’s in Chatham from 1924. He moved to Bournemouth in 1930 serving at St. Stephen’s Church and as borough organist. He composed and performed many pieces with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra. He suffered from tuberculosis all his life and died at a relatively young age.


Anthem: (Howard) Everett Titcomb (1884-1968) was organist of St. John the Evangelist in Boston for exactly 50 years to the day. Largely self-taught as a musician and organist, he taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston, briefly at Boston University College of Music, and was Dean of the School for Church Music at Wellesley College. He composed many choral and organ pieces, including “Eight Short Motets for Mixed Voices” from which “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless” comes. The text reads:

            I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you yet again.

            Alleluia. And your heart shall be joyful, Alleluia.


Offertory and Postlude: “Komm, Heiliger Geist Herre Gott” is an old chorale tune of uncertain origin, stemming from Old Latin and Old German. Martin Luther included it in his music in 1524, and it is believed that it was based on an old German translation of an antiphon: “Veni, Sancti Spiritus, reple tuorum carda fidelium”. The offertory is J.S. Bach’s four-part harmonization of the melody. The postlude is Dietrich Buxtehude’s organ chorale based on this tune where the melody stays in the soprano line in an ornamented style.




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