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Celebration Service  February 18 , 2024 9:30am

Prelude    Chorale Prelude on “Erhalt Uns, Herr             Pachelbel

                                    (The Glory of These Forty Days)

Introit      “In The Name of the Lord”

Welcome & Announcements       

               

Call to Worship   

Jesus began his ministry to the world, led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit,
even into the uncomfortable places.

In those forty days, and in that place, Jesus was faced with hunger, doubt and temptation.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we would be led,
even into the uncomfortable choices.

Jesus left the wilderness, faithful and obedient to God,
rejoicing in the One in whom he trusted.
As we continue on our path to faithfulness, we will be led by our Christ, rejoicing in the Lord our God.

Hymn*           “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”                    #6

Unison Prayer

God, we come with hesitant steps and uncertain motives

to sweep out the corners where sin has accumulated,

and uncover the ways we have strayed from your truth.

Nurture the faint stirrings of new life, where your spirit has begun to grow. Let your healing light transform us into the image of Your Son. For You alone can bring new life

and make us whole. Amen

The Lord's Prayer

Children's Message 

Psalm 25:1-10             Lay Reader: Bidi Wheelwright           

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

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 Lord, Increase My Faith”                           Gibbons

Mission Moment       Lamoille Community House    Kim Anetsberger

Prayers of the People

Hymn               “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”   #180

Reading         Mark 1:9-15                                                     page 34

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

           

Message         “The Way”                                          Rev. Dan Haugh

Offering          

     Click here to make an online donation                    

Offertory           “Through Adam’s Fall”                                    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*            “The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore”                  #3

Benediction*

 

Closing*          “Amen”

                       

Postlude         “He Who Would Valiant Be”                           arr. Cassler 

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Calendar of Events

Monday, 2/19            Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 2/20           5:15 Board of Directors meeting in Fellowship H

                                   7:30 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 2/21     Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Organ Loft

Thursday, 2/22         office closed

                                    5:30 Rotary in Fellowship Hall                        

                                    6:45 Zoom Bible Study with Kathe Rhinesmith

Happy Birthday this week to:

Taryn Noelle Eisenberg today 2/18

Marlene Davison on 2/19

Jan Johnson on 2/20

Carol Peterman on 2/21

Carole R. Hartman-Hodge, Megan Liljedahl and Meg Scotti on 2/24

Announcements

The ushers today are Dave and Nan Myers.   Thank you for helping today.

Online coffee hour church fellowship Sunday at 11:00.  Zoom link in the Quest and above

Christian Ed

Our Christian Education Program is growing and with that our committee needs to grow too! We are looking for new members to fill the following jobs on our committee. 

Finance

Keep financials current for our committee

Suggest budgets and proposals for events and committee needs

Communication

Draft posts about events for the SCC Communications team to send out

Coordinate Mailers, Posters, Flyers that are made for each event

Keep the database of contact information current

Events Coordinator

Help with coordination of various fun events for the children throughout the year. Coordinate volunteers and donations for events. 

 

Stowe Community Church Winter Hats and Socks Drive

The winter is cold and for those that are without a home, Hats and Socks can be a gift of life for them. Please share the joy of donating only New Hats and Socks (Men, Women and Children) to the Collection at the Stowe Community Church. From January 19th  through February 19th we will collect new hats and socks for men, women and children to donate to the Lamoille Community House. Drop-off is at the Stowe Community Church on Monday – Friday from 9:00am-2:30pm. All items must be new and will be distributed to the Lamoille Community House. All donations will help families experiencing homelessness this winter.

The Lamoille Community House provides shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness in Lamoille Valley. We provide safe spaces to support people in their journeys towards stable housing. With beds, warm meals, access to laundry, toiletries, clothing and other supplies, we make sure to meet our guests' basic needs, in addition to connecting them to housing case management and referrals to support for other identified needs. LCH is open 24/7 365 days per year, and our most consistent need is meals for our guests. We provide a hot dinner every night and rely on our community members to provide those meals. Please consider becoming a dinner provider to ensure our guests have nutritious home cooked meals. Sign up here to bring a meal to the shelter. If a meal is not something you're able to do, we are always happy to accept monetary donations, you can do so by visiting lamoilleshelter.org/donate.

 

Mission Moment:

The Lamoille Community House provides shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness in Lamoille Valley. We provide safe spaces to support people in their journeys towards stable housing. With beds, warm meals, access to laundry, toiletries, clothing and other supplies, we make sure to meet our guests' basic needs, in addition to connecting them to housing case management and referrals to support for other identified needs. LCH is open 24/7 365 days per year, and our most consistent need is meals for our guests. We provide a hot dinner every night and rely on our community members to provide those meals. Please consider becoming a dinner provider to ensure our guests have nutritious home cooked meals. Sign up here to bring a meal to the shelter. If a meal is not something you're able to do, we are always happy to accept monetary donations, you can do so by visiting lamoilleshelter.org/donate.

 

Dan and family will be away February 24 through March 5.  Rev. Barbara Purinton will be “on call” while he is away.  She will be preaching on February 25 and Rev. Michael Caldwell will be preaching on March 3.

 

We are having a cross-country ski day at Trapp’s for everyone on Saturday February 24th at 1:00.    There will be more details to come in the following weeks, like where to meet for a snack after skiing. Please mark your calendars and we hope you can come.  Meg Scotti and Lynne von Trapp.  Any questions please contact megscotti@mac.com.

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.

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 Musical Notes by Karen Miller

 

Prelude and Offertory: Johann Pachelbel (1650-1706) began his organ career while an undergraduate at Altdorf University. He was born and died in Nurnberg but in between he held organ positions in a number of different cities: deputy organist, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna 1673-1676; court organist in Eisenach, 1677; organist at the Protestant Predigerkirche, Erfurt,1678-1690; court organist in Stuttgart, 1690-1692; city organist at Gotha 1693-1694; and St. Sebald in Nurnberg, 1695-1706. Today he is best known for his keyboard works but he did write sacred concertos, motets, arias, masses, and magnificats. During his lifetime only eight of his many chorale preludes were published, but his composition output was large. His organ works were well-known and appreciated, especially his complex chorale settings, and his works influenced J. S. Bach.

Heard today are two of his organ chorales:

 Prelude: “Erhalt’ uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort” is an old German chorale first published in Klug’s Geistliche Lieder of 1543. It has been set to different texts over the years. The one we know is “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”, Hymn No. 180 in the Chalice Hymnal. This piece begins with a canon between the tenor and soprano lines that  leads to a 3-part fugal treatment of the theme with the bass stating the entire melody phrase by phrase.

Offertory: The short “Through Adam’s Fall” is a 2-part piece with the melody in the soprano line with a florid second part below it.

 

Anthem: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was a member of a great musical family. From his youth until his death he was organist of the Chapel Royal and added the post of organist at Westminster Abbey in 1623. His compositions included anthems, psalms, madrigals and motets, pieces for string and keyboard instruments (mostly virginals). His works supply an important link between the development of English music between Tallis and the Baroque masters Blow and Purcell. His anthem “O Lord, increase my faith” has the text:

            Lord, increase my faith, strengthen me and confirm me in Thy true faith: endue me with wisdom, charity, and patience, in all by adversity, teach me to say Amen.

 

 Postlude: “St Dustan’s” is the title of the tune to the text “He Who Would Valiant Be: and was written by Charles Winfred Douglas (1867-1944). Douglas was an authority on Gregorian chant and first served as organist at a local Presbyterian church at age 16. He then studied to become an Episcopal priest in 1899. He studied in England, France, and Germany to prepare himself for 40 years dominating the liturgical, linguistic, and musical life of the Protestant Episcopal Church. This melody was used by Glenn Winston Cassler in 1969 to create an organ piece where the melody is principally in the tenor voice. Cassler studied at Oberlin Conservatory and then became a professor at St. Olaf’s College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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