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Sunday Bulletin



Celebration Service  July 2, 2023 – 9:30 am


Lyrics and music for the hymns, when legally sharable,

are available by clicking on the title of each hymn.

Prelude   “Sonata No. 6”                                    Felix Mendelssohn

                                    (Choral and Andante)

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship


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        “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”                     

Unison Prayer


Gracious God, 

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: Jerrine Gangas          

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


Anthem              “Standing on the Promises”     R. Kelso Carter    David McGaughy, soloist

Prayers of the People          

Hymn              “This Is My Song”                                           #722


Reading         Matthew 5:4

  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Message     “Those who mourn”                           Rev. Dan Haugh


Offertory    “We All Believe in One True God” Johann Christoph Bach


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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 Country, ‘Tis of Thee”                 #721


Closing*       “Here I Am Lord” (refrain only)                 #452


Postlude      “Fuga and Finale”                           Mendelssohn




Monday, 7/3            office closed

                                  Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 7/4             office closed

                                 Church Open House & goodies on lawn

                               8:00 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 7/5             Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Friday, 7/7                    4:00 Wedding rehearsal

Saturday, 7/8                 4:00 Wedding


Happy Birthday this week to:

Sarah Hailey on 7/3

Rachel Ross and Yannah Zielger on 7/6

Brad Burkhardt and James Stephenson on 7/7

Miller D’Alberto on 7/8


The ushers today are the Deacons, Tracy Wall and Jean Mudgett.  Thank you for helping today.


July Cookout and Evening Service

We hope you can join us tonight, Sunday, July 2 at the Parsonage for an evening of music, food, and fellowship. The theme for this month’s evening service is "Freedom.”  Popular and beloved contemporary worship songs and traditional patriotic and folk music will be featured.  We'll start with a cookout at 5:00 pm.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken will be provided. Please bring a dish to share, beverages, and either a blanket or chair.  The worship service begins at 6:00 pm and will last 45 minutes. All ages and stages are welcome!

Stowe Community Church will have a tent setup on the front lawn on  Tuesday July 4th.  

We will have cookies available for visitors, which was a huge hit with the parade crowd last year.  You can help us out by baking some cookies or baked goodies. You can drop them off at the church on the morning of July 4th between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Or sign up to help Host our Open House. Sign up for an hour.  Clip board is in the Narthex, or call the church at 802-253-7257. Please contact Lauretta for more information or questions at

Prayer Focus for June-The Pastoral Relations Committee

The Pastoral Relations Committee serves in two primary ways: As an advisory group to the pastor and as support for his leadership. As an advisory group, the committee shares ideas, dreams, hopes, expectations, and concerns of the congregation.  As support for the pastor, the committee interprets roles, functions, and needs of the pastor to the congregation.

The committee supports the pastor with honesty, care, and confidentiality, with open and frank conversations. This committee supports the pastor with transitions of any kind with constructive communication in an atmosphere of trust. This committee is the fundamental support group for the pastor. It builds the framework in which conflict can be dealt with, should it arise. Its goals are the well-being and professional growth of the pastor and the promotion of mutual ministry between the pastor and the congregation.

Please join us in praying for this new team: Pastor Dan Haugh, Jerrine Gangas, Christina Glowac, Greg Morrill, and Lynne von Trapp.  Pray that they may have the wisdom, energy and ability, with Christ’s guidance, to provide this critical support to Dan and Stowe Community Church. 


Seeking photos of SCC

Over the summer months, we would love to showcase photos from YOU!  Please take and share creative photos of our church and send them to Marylou.  We will select 8 of our favorites to display on our bulletin cover.

These photos can be of the sanctuary, building, parsonage, or a unique perspective.

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. 


Calling All Adult Volunteers for Bible Camp 2023!

We are all so excited and looking forward to our upcoming Bible Camp this August!

This year's theme is an amazing, intergalactic Faith Journey called STELLAR!  Camp is for ages K-5th grade, and runs during the week of August 21st-25th from 9 am - 12 noon each day.  Our Middle School Students join us by doing Youth Group Outreach Missions Projects each day, and now ALL WE NEED IS YOU!  We are looking for Adult Volunteers to help us with set up the week before camp, and to help in multiple capacities during actual Camp Week!  You can volunteer as little as one hour a day - to be a teacher or a leader of the daily Bible Lesson,  or to lead Science, or Music or help set up the daily Snack!  Anywhere that you can lend your wonderful skills and time, we would love to have you!  Please reach out to Taryn Noelle if you would like to join us!

Children's Summer Worship at Stowe Community Church!

Miss Taryn will be leading a full-hour summer worship series at our 9:30am services, downstairs in the fellowship hall, for K-5th graders. So, drop your parents off up stairs and come on down!

You are invited to the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Stowe Mountain Chapel Dedication on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 2:30 pm. A festive reception will follow the service of worship on the Chapel grounds.


During July and August, the SCC Mission Committee will be supporting area organizations with a new book drive and backpack/school supply collection. In July we will collect new books appropriate for ages 0-5 for the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville.  In August we will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies for the Department of Children and Families in Morrisville.  Please join us by supporting these important local missions.


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.


Music Notes by Karen Miller


Prelude and Postlude:  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) was born into an affluent family where money was never a worry. His mother was his first piano teacher and also gave him the rudiments of music composition. Then he had a number of excellent teachers: instructors in piano, harmony, composition, and violin. He made his debut as a pianist in Berlin in 1818 at age 9. But his organ instruction seems meager. His first organ studies were with  August Wilhelm Bach, and his later tours of London held an expectation that he give organ recitals there as well as conducting his oratorios. After his

1837 London recital a friend asked him how he learned to play the organ “so well,” to which Mendelssohn sharply replied “By working like a horse.” It seems that Mendelssohn was unhappy with his organ skills and particularly his pedal technique and so needed to find more practice time. However, if you weren’t a church organist, practice time on an organ was difficult to find. Back in Germany after this tour he commented, “If they (Londoners) only knew how I had to plead with, pay, and cajole the organists in Berlin, so that I might play the organ for an hour, and how I

had to stop ten times during such an hour for this or that reason…And by the way, this time I am determined to practice the organ diligently

here, after all, since they take me for an organist, then, after the fact I shall become one.”

            In 1844 on Mendelssohn’s eighth trip to London he was approached by the music publisher Coventry and Hollier to compose three organ voluntaries, which later expanded to six organ sonatas. Heard today are selections from his sixth sonata, in D minor, a set of variations on the chorale “Vater unser im Himmelreich” (Our Father, who art in heaven).

            Prelude: Chorale; 1. Cantus firmus in the soprano, in three parts;

2. Chordal cantus firmus in the soprano with independent runs in the pedals; 3. Cantus firmus in the tenor, in four parts.

            Postlude: Fugue, with a theme from the opening chorale; Finale in D Major with an independent theme unrelated to the chorale and a dialogue between two equal manuals.


Offertory:  Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) was the eldest son of Heinrich Bach and became organist at Eisenach at age 23. His compositions were lauded by C.P.E. Bach and included many vocal and instrumental works. His short organ chorale prelude “Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott, Schopfer” (We All Believe in One True God) is the opening phrase of this old German chorale of uncertain origin.


Thank you to David McGaughy for sharing his rich bass voice with us this morning.



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