Celebration Service April 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. “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” Zachau
Introit “Come and Fill Our Hearts”
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Welcome, friend and stranger
Welcome, honored guest.
We gather as a community to worship God,
To be reminded of God’s goodness,
To be reminded of the call to be a part of that goodness.
Let us worship God.
Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” #16
Loving God, how lavishly you pour out
the costly gift of your grace upon us.
Fill our homes and our lives
with the fragrance of your love,
so that we may show your glory
and serve your people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Lord's Prayer
Psalm 126 Lay Reader: Brad Osborne page 572
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Neg’eb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
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 “Lord, Listen to Your Children” Medema/Schrader
Hymn “We Give Thee but Thine Own” #382
Prayers of the People
Reading: John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them[a] with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii[b] and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it[c] so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
Message “Lavish Love” Rev Dan Haugh
Offertory “Jesus, My Heart’s Delight” 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.
Hymn: “Come, Share the Lord” #408
Benediction Response* (Tune of Edelweiss)
May the Lord, Mighty God
Bless 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: “Victim Divine, Thy Grace We Claim” Johnson
Calendar of Events
Our 9:30 Traditional worship service is open to all. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. We will continue to live stream our services through our website www.stowechurch.org.
Monday, 4/4 Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, 4/5 3:00 Children’s Ministry & Youth Choir
------------- 8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, 4/6 Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
------------ 5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Organ Loft
Happy Birthday this week to:
Mark Garret and Elisabeth Jennings today 4/3
Dave Myers on 4/4
Sarah Salvas and Addison Kasmarek on 4/5
Katie Clark, Andrew Jennings and Zoey Irwin on 4/6
Jacob Rockwood and Grace Marvin on 4/7
Laura Nichols on 4/9
Happy Anniversary this week to:
Dana and Deborah Wehe today 4/3
The ushers today are the Deacons. Thank you for helping this week.
Is there anyone who would like to receive communion in their home?
We have people who will come to visit with you and provide a nice communion service just for you. Let Marylou know by emailing email@example.com or calling the office 802-253-7257.
We have created a Stowe Community Church Community Group on Facebook to enable our community to connect with one another to ask for support, offer up assistance, or post information that would be of interest to those affiliated with our church. We hope that this additional opportunity for connection will continue to build and strengthen our ties to one another as we carry out God's work in our community.
Here is the link. Stowe Community Church Community
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday and “Blessing of the Baskets” Sunday, April 10th at 9:30am
Maundy Thursday Service, April 14th at 7:00pm. This is a very moving service with the washing of hands, anointing, Holy Communion and the Office of Tenebrae
Good Friday service with St. John’s at SCC, April 15th at 12:00 noon.
This service will include Scriptures, prayers, music, and reflections focusing on the Final Words of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open until 2:00 for meditation.
Easter Sunrise service at Stowe Mountain Resort. Gondola will start taking people up at 4:40am and stop at 5:40am. Service will start about 6:04am.
Easter Sunday Celebration Worship service, April 17 at 9:30am
Christian Eduction Easter Egg Hunt 10:30am @ Parsonage Park
Come for a paint and sip on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 5:30 pm at Sandy Noble’s. Bring food to share and beverage of your choice. There is a 10 person limit and we are filling up. $15 fee covers your supplies. Please respond to Theresa Tedstone firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 call the church office, 253-7257, with your prayer requests.
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: Johann Cruger (1598-1663), a German composer and theorist, was noted for his collections and arrangements of important choral collections, notably the Praxis pietatis melica. He also composed several chorale melodies including “Jesu, mein Freude” (Jesu, priceless treasure). He became cantor at the Nikolai church in Berlin in 1622 and held this position until his death in 1663. His chorale tunes were well-known in Lutheran churches, and Baroque organist/composers created organ chorale preludes based on this melody, including Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau (Zachow) (1663-1712), organist at the Marienkirche in Halle. Zachau’s piece is a set of five variations where the melody is principally in the soprano line.
Anthem: In the mid-20th century Ken Medema wrote the words and music to “Lord, Listen to Your Children,” a contemporary piece in spiritual style. Jack Schrader, a contemporary music arranger, then created a four-part choral rendition of this work. The text reads:
Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord, send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power, send us grace. Something’s gonna happen like the world has never known, when the people of the Lord get down to pray; a door’s gonna swing open and the walls come a-tumblin’ down, when the people of the Lord get down to pray.
You’re gonna know it, when the Lord stretches out His hand, and the people of the Lord get down to pray; there’s gonna be a brand new song of victory in this land when the people of the Lord get down to pray.
Offertory: The tune “Jesu, mein Herzen’s Freud” (Jesus, My Heart’s Delight) is a melody from the Geistliches Lied, a song collection popular in the Baroque era. J. S. Bach relished creating organ pieces based on melodies from collections like this one. In this slow, meditative work, parts of the tune appear on a solo stop in the tenor range.
Postlude: “Das neugebome Kindelein” (Victim Divine, Thy Grace We Claim) is a melody written by Melchior Vulpius (1560-1615), who was a Lutheran cantor in Weimar, composed many chorale melodies, and wrote contrapuntal settings of established tunes. David Nathaniel Johnson (1922-1987) was a professor at St. Olaf College, Syracuse University, and Arizona State University. He wrote a number of organ pieces including a collection for communion or general use called “Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness,” published in 1968. His work based on this Vulpius tune and included in this collection, is a set of variations. The chorale melody and first three variations are heard today. The soprano voice carries the tune in each variation.