Ash Wednesday Service – 7:30 p.m.

Bulletin, worship service audio, and sermon text for this Sunday.

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor
Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education
Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music
Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist
Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019


        Celebration of Worship 7:30 p.m.


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist



Leader: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment the heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Congregation: And a voice from heaven said: ‘This is my son, whom I love. 

  With him I am well pleased!’                                                              

Leader: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert…

Congregation: As we gather tonight, we seek to follow you, Jesus.  Lead us

  by your Spirit into a season of preparation and growing faith.  Amen.


 *OPENING HYMN No. 340 “Softly and Tenderly,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader


ANTHEM “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE  2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 4:1-11 Lector:  Barbara Schultz

*HYMN No.  179  “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

   MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

   *congregation standing



      Praise God from whom all blessing flow; Praise him all creatures here below.

      Praise him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

   SERMON  “An Interview From Hell,” Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

   SCRIPTURE LESSON  Psalm 51:1-17 Lector:  Barbara Schultz



     All are invited to come forward to receive the sign of the cross drawn in ashes on your forehead.

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No.  65 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)

HANDICAP ACCESIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.

PARENTS WITH CRYING INFANTS are encouraged to make use of our Family Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.

A CORDIAL WELCOME IS EXTENDED to all worshippers.  In keeping with the spirit of Lent, a “Bread and Water” fellowship period will follow this evening’s service.

ASHES OFFERED THIS EVENING to all worshippers.  The ushers will invite you to come forth to the front of the sanctuary to receive them. The ashes are a symbol of humility and penitence.  Ashes are available to those of all ages, including children.

PEW COMMUNION SERVED SUNDAY  Heralding the first Sunday of Lent, there will be a parade in our sanctuary as our ‘Old Rugged Cross’ is carried in, purple silk paraments will adorn our lectern and pulpit for the new season on Sunday, March 10. Adding to the celebration, our chancel choir will be singing at both services. Pew communion will be served. All worshiping adults are invited to partake. As a part of their own observance of the new Lenten season, everyone is asked to wear something purple that morning.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH BEGINS TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) our Lenten mid-week program.  The evening begins with refreshments from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Jerusalem Café.  7:00-7:30 is worship, 7:30-8:30 is Confirmation, Choir Rehearsal, and a Lenten Bible Study.  All are welcome.

  ‘GATES OF PRAYER’ a new Lenten Bible Study Series, led by Pastors Geoff Drutchas

and Cheryl Schalm, as well as lay members of our congregation considers great moments

of prayer in scripture and what we can learn from them. Also included in the study series

will be a look at Martin Luther’s advice on prayer, using both the Lord’s Prayer and the

Ten Commandments. The series includes instruction on praying and will invite

participants to share their experiences with answered prayers. The five-week series

begins Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m., immediately after worship services on

March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10. Please mark your calendars. To sign up for

the free series, please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it

in an offering plate or contact the church office.