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Sunday Bulletin



Celebration Service  June 2, 2024 9:30am

Prelude       “Fantasia with Imitations”                               Bach

Introit     “Clap Your Hands”

Welcome & Announcements       


Call to Worship   

Welcome, friends, to this holy day.
We come to offer thanks; we come to sing and pray.
Welcome, friends, to this time set apart,
A time to remember those we love, and a time to remember the holy promises of God.
Welcome, friends, to this table of remembrance and joy,
The table where we are fed, the feast we share with many.
Welcome, friends, and let us worship God.


Hymn*                           “Gather Us In”                                                #284 


Unison Prayer     

O God, you are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with each other to love and work, 
to support and heal.


You are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with all people; to bring justice and hope, 
freedom and truth.


You are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with the whole creation; to live in harmony, 
to cherish and renew. Amen

The Lord's Prayer  

Children's Message  

Psalm 139: Lay Reader:  Nancy Money                                                


O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thought from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in She’ol,  you are there.

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night.”

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

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        “Prayer from Psalm 139”                          John Weaver

Prayers of the People

Hymn                          “One Bread, One Body”                                  #393

Reading         Hebrews 10:23-25


Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Message       “The Power of Community”                         Rev. Dan Haugh


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Offertory               “Piece in C Major” from L’Organiste              Franck


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*                             “In Christ There Is No East or West”                     #687  


Closing:                  “Here I Am, Lord” (refrain)                        452

Postlude            “Sortie in G Major” from L’Organiste             Franck


Calendar of Events


Monday, 6/3                Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    3 – 4:30 Sparks in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, 6/4               7:30 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, 6/5          Noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall

                                    5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Organ Loft

Friday, 6/7                  Rebecca will be in the office                           

Happy Birthday this week to:

Brittany Clark today 6/2

Eric Beecy, Kailey Hulse, Darlene-Sue Lord and Monica Wentz on 6/3

Meghan Percy on 6/4

Lydia Durand and Elizabeth Waine on 6/5

William Steel on 6/8

Happy Anniversary this week to:

Ryan and Stephanie Krukar on 6/4


The ushers today are  the Deacons.  Thank you for helping today.

The flowers last week were from Nancy Biscone in memory of Louis D. Sorrentino. 

Please welcome our new members joining the church today.

Claire “Skeeter” Austin, Jessy Brault, Ray and Mary Kay Bushnell,  Christine Donovan, Laura Drenen, Jake Emerick,  Philip and Sandi Kuhl, Andrew Leisman and Julia Macalaster, via livestream, Karen Machia, Heidi Reilly, Alex and Patricia Moks Schmidt.

A great big THANK YOU to Black Cap Café for providing our refreshments out front today following this special service. 

The June Mission Focus is Lamoille Home Health & Hospice.  They provide a variety of services that allow clients to receive quality care at home. Through skilled nursing and rehab programs, they provide quality care after hospital stays or even in place of hospital stays. Through Choices for Care, they provide long-term care services that allow older adults to age at home, which most prefer to long-term care facilities. Care at home is often the most efficient and least expensive care.  The Mission Moment will be Sunday, June 16th.  They are always looking for volunteers and donations.  Stay tuned for other opportunities to help and please see website for more information.

Are you looking for a rewarding experience? Consider becoming a Hospice Volunteer. Hospice volunteers provide much needed comfort to those who are receiving or in need of hospice services. Volunteers play a vital role in hospice care and are trained to understand the needs of the terminally ill patient. Volunteers also play an active role in providing respite for patient caregivers as the needs of the hospice patient can be great. Volunteers offer companionship to the patients and understanding to their caregivers. LHH&H will be offering Hospice Volunteer training starting September 7, 2024 and continuing each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm through September 28. The training is held at Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr Ave., Morrisville. There is no cost to you and all materials are provided. Please contact Charlene at 802-888-4561 or Space is limited.

New Book Drive through Sunday, June 9

The May Mission Focus was CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation). Support their mission to inspire a love of reading among under-resourced children in Vermont and New Hampshire. Please donate new books for children ages 0-12. CLiF says picture books and graphic novels are a great hit! Any “board” books for infants will be given to Central Vermont Refugee Action Network and are also appreciated. The donation box will be in the Narthex. Consider supporting Bear Pond Books or your local bookstore while you are at it! Win Win!

SCC Green Tip for June

Did you know that washing your clothes in hot water is just plain bad: bad for your clothes and bad for the earth?  And no one here wants to be bad to the earth, right?  Washing your clothes in cold water (even clothes benefit from a cold plunge!) is estimated to save up to 80% of energy per load of laundry and up to 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year1. How much is 500 pounds of CO2, you ask?  Well it would take 10 fully grown trees working all day, every day for an entire year to absorb all that CO2 2.  Do you have 10 mature trees in your yard to dedicate to this fulltime task?  Well you live in Vermont; you probably do. But most Americans do not! So run your laundry in cold water and give your maple tree a break.

1 A cleaner way to clean. 2 Give your tree a hug!


Save the Dates:

Next Sunday, June 9, to celebrate their last service before the summer break, our choir will be singing several of their favorite anthems from the year.  During the summer, members of the choir and other members of the congregation will be sharing their talents in Special Music in our 9:30 am services

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.


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.

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: An imitation is a compositional device of part-writing that uses repetition by one voice of more or less the previous phrase stated by another voice. In canons and fugues the imitation is directed by a strict regulated pattern. J.S. Bach was an expert at creating complex

figures in this style. However, in his “Fantasia with Imitation” the imitation is freer.  This two part organ piece begins with a short fantasia in B Minor which is followed by a more free-form imitation in the same key.


Anthem: John Borland Weaver (1937-2021) is well-known to  Stowe Community Church members as an occasional organ substitute but more importantly as a fabulous recitalist on “Noon Music in May” programs. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory and Curtis Institute and then taught at Westminster Choir College, Curtis Institute, and Juilliard School while also serving as music director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and then Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He composed for organ and choirs but most of his organ work and some of his choral works remain unpublished. Some of his “Noon Music in May” programs featured some of his unpublished organ works. Many of his choral pieces were commissioned works requested by churches for special celebrations or individuals honoring a family member or dear friend. In writing choral works John often turned to the Psalms for inspiration and the texts for his music. “Prayer from Psalm 139” is a commissioned work that features Psalm 139:17, 18, 23 and 24.


Offertory and Postlude: These two organ pieces are from Cesar Franck’s delightful collection L’Organiste, written for organ or harmonium. The offertory is the first piece in this work and features a gentle, quiet, melodic line in the soprano voice in C Major. The postlude is from his suite of pieces in G Major, near the end of this collection. This “sortie” is an ending piece that captures themes from the other pieces in G Major. A “peppy” start is followed by a slower, more quiet middle section in G Minor before the opening section returns to finish the piece.             




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