May 8, 2022 – 9:30 am
Lyrics and music for the hymns, when legally sharable, are available by clicking on the title of each hymn.
Prelude Prelude on “Brother James’ Air” Searle Wright
Introit “Praise Him, O Praise Him”
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship
We gather together to worship
our loving, nurturing God,
who, like a mother,
knows us intimately,
loves us unconditionally,
teaches us the way we should go,
and comforts us in times of need.
Praise God, the Source and Sustainer of life!
Hymn: “Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven” (v. 1, 2, & 3) #23
We thank you for gifts of love we have received.
From our mothers and those who have served as mothers,
nourishing us and guiding us as we grow to be who we are.
As we have been loved by them,
so we are loved by you, O God.
In this day of celebration, we rejoice in being known and loved. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Psalm 139:1-14 Lay Reader: David Roy
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 “The Lord Is My Shepherd” Rutter
Hymn “Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters” #365 (remain seated)
Prayers of the People
Reading Genesis 1:20-27
20 And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind and the cattle of every kind and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make humans[a] in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild animals of the earth[b] and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
Message “The Nature of God” Rev. Dan Haugh
Offertory “Prayer” (Sweet Hour of Prayer) Jordan
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: “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” #431
Postlude: “Capriccio in C Major” Froberger
Calendar of Events
Our 9:30 Traditional worship service is open to all. Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. We will continue to live stream our services through our website www.stowecommunitychurch.org.
Monday, 5/9 Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, 5/10 8:00 AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, 5/11 Noon Music in May – Peter Sykes, organ
Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall
3:00 Sparks, Children’s Ministry, youth choir
5:30 Choir Rehearsal in Organ Loft
Happy Birthday this week to:
Denise Dalmasse today 5/8
Diane Lee and Josh Peterman on 5/9
Jackson George Lindemer and Gary Durett on 5/11
Charles Alekson on 5/14
The ushers today are Brad and Teresa Osborne. Thank you for helping today.
The flowers on the stands are given by Phil and Anne Bongiorno in loving memory of their moms, Ruth Bongiorno and Priscilla Watson.
Please join us outside for more fellowship following the service this morning.
Greater Stowe Holy Land Interfaith Journey to Israel
People of the Christian faith have made special pilgrimages to Israel for centuries, witnessing first-hand the historic sites of spiritual significance that have shaped us in our collective faith. Will you join me and other members of the Stowe Community Church and our interfaith neighbors for the trip of a lifetime to Israel, next April 16 – 24, 2023? The details of the trip are included in our Quest weekly e-newsletter.
All are invited to join us in person at St. John’s on Thursday, June 9, 6-7:30 pm for an evening of locally catered Israeli food for a program to learn more about the trip, available online also from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please contact the office if interested in this unique opportunity.
Our congregation looks forward to the Service of Installation for our Pastor on June 12 at 6PM. Please plan to join us for this festive service of celebration and gratitude to God for calling Dan to ministry to our church and community. A reception will follow the service.
Were you married in the Stowe Community Church? Are you celebrating a special anniversary? How about renewing your wedding vows in this beautiful sanctuary or somewhere that is special to you. Contact Marylou in the office to schedule a meeting with Dan.
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.
A message from Local Missions:
Food insecurity is real for quite a few people in our community. In an effort to help those in need, we would like to keep our Food Share boxes well stocked as best we can.
Please notice that the box has been moved from the back hallway into Fellowship Hall. We are asking everyone who is able to please think of this when you are grocery shopping. Consider adding a few things to your cart to put in the box. Some items people use most are: peanut butter, cereal, tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit and vegetables. Any nourishing, non-perishable foods are great. Thank you so much everyone.
Musical Notes by Karen Miller
Prelude: The fourth Sunday of Easter is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday” as a psalm reading can be the 23rd psalm. This psalm has been set to numerous tunes over the years. One now famous one was written by Gordon Jacob in 1932 for unison choir and descant and titled “Brother James’ Air”. It became so popular that its publisher, the Oxford University Press, soon printed other arrangements of this tune. Organ composers have also written numerous chorale preludes based on this tune. One of these by Searle Wright opens our service this morning. Wright was an organ instructor at Columbia University and the Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music.
Anthem: John Rutter (b. London, 1945) has composed and continues to compose numerous anthems for church choirs, recognized world-wide. These are not his only musical legacy as he has also written for opera, orchestra, large choruses, and ensembles. His rendition of Psalm 23 has the beauty of melody and harmony and challenge for choristers now typically expected of Rutter.
Offertory: The tune for the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer” was composed by William Bradbury in 1861. Bradbury was an advocate for music for children in churches and in schools. As a young man he attended the Boston Academy of Music and was active with Lowell Mason in advancing music in churches and eventually in public schools. After a two year tour of Europe with his family and study in Leipzig he returned to the US to teach, conduct musical conventions, compose, and edit. Alice Yost Jordan’s organ piece based on this tune is quiet and free-flowing. It starts in the key of C, moves to D-flat, and returns to C to finish the piece.
Postlude: Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667) was a German composer and organist who traveled extensively (Belgium, Holland, France, and England) but based his career in Vienna. He composed a large quantity of keyboard music that mingled the musical styles of the countries he visited. A “capriccio” in Froberger’s day was a kind of free fugue for keyboard instruments. His “Capriccio in C Major” is in four short sections. Each section introduces a musical idea that is treated fugually from soprano voice to bass (pedal) voice.