Stephentown Federated Church

 

Pastor's Message & Music by Bev



May 31 (Sunday)



Rita Mowry

Sunday Worship Service, 31 May 2020


Bulletin

 

May 24 (Sunday)



Rev Betsye Mowry

Sunday Worship Service, 24 May 2020

Bulletin

 

May 17 (Sunday)



Rita Pickett

Sunday Worship Service, 17 May 2020

Bulletin

 

May 10 (Sunday)



Rev Bob Lowenthal

Sunday Worship Service, 10 May 2020

Resolution 720p (larger)

 

May 3 (Sunday)



Rev Bob Lowenthal

Sunday Worship Service, 3 May 2020

 

April 26 (Sunday)



Rev Betsye Mowry

Sunday Worship Service, 26 April 2020

 

April 19 (Sunday)



Guest Speaker - Rita Pickett

Sunday Worship Service, 19 April 2020

 

Barb's beautiful spring flowers





April 12 (Easter Sunday)



Rev Bob Lowenthal

Easter Sunday Worship Service, 12 April 2020






In Memory of:


Don & Rose Hall and Gertrude Hoag

by Donna & Charles French



Jim & Marion Deaver and Francis & Roberta Mayen

by Laurelyn & Doug Mayen



Alvin & Emma McMillan and George & Sara Burgoon

by Paul & Joan McMillan



Audrey Kennedy and Dorothy Longo

by Arlene & Joe Longo






April 5 (Palm Sunday)




Ancient of Days, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, Filled With Excitement (Mantos y Palmas)



Rev Bob Lowenthal - Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday Worship Service

 

March 29 (Sunday)




Majesty - Rev Bob Lowenthal - The Wonderful Cross


Sunday Worship Service

 

 

March 22 (Sunday)



Good morning again,

Special thanks to Rita for sharing her Reflection of Psalm 23. This will be in the sermon slot on the website and on Facebook. The music for reflection includes My Faith Looks Up to Thee, Be Thou My Vision, In the Garden, You are My All in All, The Power of the Cross and Open the Eyes of My Heart.

God bless
Bev


Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Music for Reflection


God always has a way of speaking to us in the right way at just the perfect time. One of today's lectionary readings is the 23rd Psalm. A prayer known the world over for comfort in times of distress and grief. How appropriate that this would be the long planned and scheduled reading this week for churches all over the United States and the world!

​​If we think about it, this psalm comes on the heels of one Jesus spoke during the darkest moment of his life, Psalm 22, which he spoke as he was being crucified, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Psalm 22 envisions Jesus' torture and death. Yet, it is followed in Psalm 23 by the reminder that God is our shepherd. He provides us with green pastures and clear running water. He guides and comforts us in the darkest times. No matter what befalls us, we abide in God's care.

​​During a week where we have lost control of where we can travel and how close we can be to one another, we have this reminder. We do not have to be in control. For some, the loss of independence is immensely frustrating. For some of us, the fear of illness or concern for others is overwhelming. Throughout all our frustrations and fears, we have a shepherd who keeps the wolf at bay, who will come find us when we wander from the sheepfold. The sheep know their shepherd's voice, whistle and call. We have a God who restores our very soul and gives us an overflowing cup of mercy in the darkest times. Emmanuel - God is always with us.

​ Prayer

​​Dear Lord, while we are apart in body, we are still together as one with you. Guide us, gentle shepherd, through these challenging times. You knit us together in our mother's womb and lovingly guide us. Protect your flock from illness, fear, and anoint us with your healing and blessings. We often forget how we are sheep of your flock and, yet, go our own way. Yet, you never leave your flock. You call us with your gentle voice. You never stop searching for us when we wander and rejoice when we are found. Let us look to you to know that you are always with us, and reflect your love in our actions and prayers. Let us dwell with you for all time.

​May we love one another the way God loves us. May all be healthy and dwell in peace. Though we may not be in one room, we are in one flock led by a wonderful shepherd. Listen for the shepherd's beautiful voice.

​Amen