Sunday April 14, 2019

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

Sixth Sunday in Lent                       Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019

Examination Sunday/ Confirmation Sunday

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available 10:30 a.m.


This morning at the 9:00 a.m. service, you are invited to the Chancel steps before worship to receive your palm from the Ushers.  Please also pause for prayer.

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)/ PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organiist


  CALL TO WORSHIP/MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 91 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas and Congregation

  Almighty God, give us grace in our present life, which Your son Jesus Christ in

  great humility came to share, that being armed with the light of Your truth and

  love, we may overcome the darkness of evil; so that in the final triumph of Your 

  kingdom, we may share in life eternal; through Him who lives and rules with You 

  and the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.



  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Chancel Choir

*Congregation standing

  SCRIPTURE READING  Zechariah 9:9-10, Luke 19:38  Lectors:  Tricia Nault (9),  Grace Wangbickler (10:30)

 *HYMN No. 191 “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!”


   Andrew Caruso, Aaron Flomo, Carlee Robbins, Tyler Staten, Meredith Stull

    MORNING PRAYER (Healing, Strength, Thanks)

  *HYMN No. 192  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”



       Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

       Praise Him all creatures here below;

       Praise him above ye heavenly host;

       Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen.

    SERMON  “The Lord Has Need,” Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No.  75  “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” (10:30)     

     CONFIRMATION CEREMONY (10:30 - Insert)

CHIMES  “Come, Thou Mighty King”  (10:30)


    LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)   

  *RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 234  “Crown Him With Many Crowns”


** At the ushers’ direction, at the close of the 10:30 service, the Congregation is invited to come forward along the side aisles to receive palms and a personal benediction before departing from the sanctuary down the center aisle without returning to your pews.


HANDICAP 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.


“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of  salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”


Deacon:  Jim Nault (9), Dee Salsbury (10:30)

Ushers:  Hayden Robbins, Katie Stull (9),

Rosemarie Laslo, Hayden Robbins, Katie Stull (10:30)

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  April 14 – April 21

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Holy Week/ Palm Sunday/ Confirmand Examination 9:00 a.m./ Confirmand Breakfast 10:00/ Confirmation Ceremony 10:30/ Easter Party-Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir 11:30 a.m./ Stock sales/ Flower-Plant sales

Monday       Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m./ Rummage Sale Drop-off begin

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Sewing Guild 10:00 a.m./ Confirmand Dinner 5:30 p.m./ Maundy Thursday Worship Service 7:30 p.m.

Friday          Good Friday Brunch 11:00 a.m./ Good Friday Service 12:00 noon

Sunday        Worship Service 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Pew Communion/ Coffee Hour 9:00 a.m.


Andrew Caruso, Aaron Flomo, Carlee Robbins,Tyler Staten, Meredith Stull


PALM SUNDAY marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  St. Paul members and friends will receive Palms and a personal blessing today at the morning worship services. 

EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY will be hosted by the Sunday School staff during the Sunday School hour today. The children will share in the Easter story, decorate eggs and cookies and hunt for Easter eggs (outdoors, weather permitting). If you are interested in helping with the party or have further questions, please contact Sheri Herkimer or Pastor Schalm.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD has changed in accordance with our IT policy.  The wireless internet has added another dimension to St. Paul, in that it enables our members with smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access resources that aid in our congregation’s mission. Please contact the Church Office to get the new Wi-Fi password or see Dan Case, Michael Isaacs or Gary Peters during or after our services.  Thank you, St. Paul IT Ministry.

NO EXERCISE CLASS Monday, April 22.  Class will gather on April 15, 17, and 24. TOPPS will still gather each Monday, 6:30 p.m.  NO CAREGIVERS MEETING on Monday, April 15. NO MEDIDATION SESSIONS April 15 or 17.

USHERS NEEDED FOR WORSHIP SERVICES especially the 9:00 a.m. service.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our new Usher Sign-up board located in the Narthex (back) of the Church. Being an usher is easy and experience is not necessary. Our Deacons will be glad to answer any questions and walk you through training prior to the service.  Ushers are asked to be at Church thirty minutes prior to the service.  Any Deacon can assist you.
CHURCH COUNCIL is also in urgent need of a Secretary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact President, Pam Lange, 1st Vice President, Cheryl Kincaid or Pastor Drutchas.

coming up fast. The sale opens its doors, Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m., and continues through Saturday morning, May 11. Set-up begins Saturday, April 27, and continues through Wednesday, May 1. Post-sale clean-up takes place on Saturday, May 4, 11-1 a.m. Volunteer help is needed to host this all-congregation event which supports the larger mission and ministry of our church. You can volunteer by completing a Make-A-Wish card (pew racks) or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). Your donations of clothing and household goods are welcomed and very much needed to ensure the sale’s success. Rummage sale drop-off will begin on Monday April 15. All items donated should be clean and in a good state of repair. Items can be dropped off at the back of Fellowship Hall during office hours at church, 9 AM to 2 PM or at other times by arrangement.

FLOWERS ON THE AVENUE, a local florist in Allen Park, has been providing the Altar Flowers and Side Vases for our congregation for the last few months.   Please complete a Make-A-Wish card to honor your special loved one or occasion.  Special colors and flowers can be requested.  Cost is still $15.00 for 1 vase, $30.00 for 2 vases.

LAST SUNDAY FOR EASTER LILY ORDERS.  If you would like to provide an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one this Easter season, please complete the form below and drop it in an offering plate or hand it to an usher.  Cost is $8.00 each.  We will place them in the Chancel area, and they may be taken home after the Easter worship services on Sunday, April 21stOrders and payments are due Sunday, April 14thA list of those providing Lilies will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin.  Any plants left will be donated to local hospitals/ care facilities.

I/We would like to order a Lily(ies) to be placed in the Chancel area for Easter.


In honor/ memory of_____________________________________________________




Contact number _______________________Number of Lilies _______Amt due_____


HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $3-$5 is invited.  Meditation classes - We will be learning and practicing breathing and meditation. We have resumed on Wednesdays at 12:30 & 3:00 p.m. Kathy Williams will lead the sessions. Caregivers Group - Meets for mutual support. Caregivers Group will meet on Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Caregiving tips are shared on a confidential basis. Pastor Drutchas leads the session, assisted by Parish Nurse Kathy Williams. The group is open to everyone. Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.  CPR/First Aid Class both New and Renewal will be Offered in May.

Ideally, we would like two persons from each church group or committee to take a First-aid/CPR class. This allows someone to be able to be a capable first-responder to an injured person during church services/ activities. If you have a current AHA CPR/FA card, you can do a review, practice and take a skills test. This takes 4 hours or less. Those persons wanting to take the initial CPR/First aid class or have a card older than two years can get carded through the American Heart Association. CPR/First aid class takes about 8 hours. Classes will include two four-hour sessions. The class workbook will be available prior to the sessions and needs to be read prior to the class . If you are interested in becoming certified please place a Make a-Wish card in the offering plate. Contact Kathy Williams if you have further questions. Cards cost $16. Matter of Balance Class Begins May 13 designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn techniques to improve your balance. We will meet from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays May 13 through June 10. Snacks are provided. Classes are free; but donations are invited. This program is offered through the Agency on aging and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Register by calling LaShawn Griffin at 734.222.98 Ext. 214 or Kathy Williams at church.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, April 25 we will be touring the Sanders (Morley) Candy Factory. The tour is at 12 noon and includes some samples. We will carpool to Clinton Township leaving church promptly at 10:45 a.m. due to construction. Following the tour, we will go to the chocolate and ice cream shop attached to the factory. Please sign-up on the RHPA Bulletin Board in in Fellowship Hall. Kathy Williams is the contact. Mama Mia! We will be going to the Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $16 each and are on sale NOW. We want to sit as a group so let Kathy or Sally know ASAP. We will order tickets on April 18, so you need to commit now. You can call or text Kathy. Money is due by May 5. We may be able to add people following our order on April 18 if tickets are still available. Pay Kathy Williams, cash preferred.

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:

Marion Bolen, Debbie Case,  Betty Caufield, Charlie Duncan, Scott Eisenga (father, Josh Eisenga), Arlene Felske, Phill Felske (Applewood Nursing Center, Woodhaven), Harold Fick, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Bob Harry (American House, Riverview), Doris Hilliker, Ollie Hilliker, Arnold Knofske, Rev. Bill Kren, Dori Lamberti (daughter, Doris & Ollie Hilliker), Helene McEachern, Tammy Mitchel (niece, Doris Hilliker), Judy Nieman, Murl Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Shirlen Powell, Barbara Schultz, Beverly Sitz, Sue Spears, Tracy Spears (Florida address), Linda Tank (Henry Ford, Wyandotte)Bert Thompson, Leona Traub, Richard Vignola, Richard Williams (Beaumont Heritage), and Carol Wioncek.  Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored. 

LECTORS NEEDED FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES Lectors (readers) are needed for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, which are April 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and April 19, 12 noon. Maundy Thursday lectors are reading scriptural passages remembering pivotal moments in Jesus’ life. Good Friday lectors will participate in a liturgy based on the psalms and the gospels. Copies of all lecturing materials will be available at least one week prior to the services. Those interested in volunteering are asked to complete a Make-a-Wish card from the pews and adding it to the morning offering plate. No previous lecturing experience is necessary.

SUNRISE & MID-MORNING EASTER Vigil Services at St. Paul Church on Sunday, April 21, 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., will be joyous celebrations of the light that Jesus Christ brings to our lives. The services begin with a procession of light by our church choir, the ringing of the church bell, an Easter proclamation, and a congregational singing of that great Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will lead the morning services which will include pew communion open to all Christians baptized and confirmed in faith. Reverend Drutchas will be preaching on three decisive garden moments, culminating with the first Easter morning, that has changed the fate of humankind—for the good. During the second service Pastor Schalm will share a special Easter message for children and youth. Between the Sunrise and Mid-Morning Services, 9:00-10:30 a.m., church members and friends are invited to gather in the festively decorated Fellowship Hall to enjoy a wide array of breads—Easter bread and sweet breads--and other light edibles served for Christianity’s most holy day.