Sunday August 25, 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

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 25, 2019

 Celebration of Worship 9:30 a.m.


SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



OPENING HYMN No. 53  “Morning Has Broken,” Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader 

UNISON INVOCATION   Pastor Brown & Congregation

O, Loving God, as we gather together in worship this morning, we praise You and we give thanks to You; for this world which You have made, for your bountiful provisions for our needs, for all the blessings of this present life, and for the hope of a better life to come.  Let the memory of your past goodness fill our hearts with joy and thankfulness in the present, and for hope for the future.  Fill our lives with the truth of your Word and the courage of your apostles that, having caught the vision of your Kingdom, we may proclaim it with power and a glad heart to the salvation of many souls and to the glory of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.



ANNOUNCEMENTS  Barbara Schultz 

SPECIAL MUSIC  “I Love Your Church, O God,” (vs. 1-3)  Volunteer Choir (Anyone interested is invited to please join us in the Chancel area.)

SCRIPTURE  Isaiah 58:9b-14, Luke 13:10-17  Lector:  Barbara Schultz

HYMN No. 16  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 490  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”



     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  “Being Jesus,” Pastor Brown

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

HYMN No. 611  “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”          


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

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE 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.


Anyone 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


Council:  Mark Ennis

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury  

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Kathy Williams

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Jerusalem Café (West Room) immediately following our worship service hosted by our Health Ministries.

LOVE AND DEEEPEST SYMPATHY to Gloria Lakatos, family and friends on the loss of Donna “Tudy” Marie Pletz who passed away August 18, 2019 at the age of 84 years.  Funeral was August 23, 2019.  Arrangements by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS SOUGHT.  Our children will explore God’s word and how to apply these lessons to their daily living. Pre-schoolers through fifth grade will meet in the upstairs’ Westroom.  Older youth meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom (pending worship service responsibilities). Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided. Only one opportunity remain!  Don’t miss out!  SEPTEMBER 1 Showdown on Mount Carmel   Nothing is impossible with God.

THE SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews is looking for anyone who knits or crochets and would like to make baby blankets, lap blankets, kid size blankets, baby or kid's cancer hats.  All yarn will be supplied. Please contact Sharon Leonard or the church office if you are able to help us utilize a large donation of yarn. It would be great if you could attend our meetings, but not necessary. We meet in the West Room the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided. Join us for 'food for thought'.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for eighth and ninth graders will be starting up Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m. An orientation will be held that night for both parents and confirmands outlining classes and activities for the coming year. A day outing to Put-in-Bay Island via Lake Erie ferry from Catawba Point is planned for Saturday, September 21. Parents and confirmands are encouraged to mark their calendars now for both September 11 and 21.

Confirmation at St. Paul Church is a two-year study program in which young people firm up their own knowledge and understanding of their Christian faith. Classes meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m., and continue from September to April. Second year students will be confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 5. For more information, please contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221).

CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Christian Education is in need of pictures and addresses of all St. Paul UCC college students and High School graduates enrolled in continuing education programs (trade school, skill programs, apprenticeships, etc.). Please forward addresses and pictures to Pastor Schalm or to the church office. Pictures will be displayed on the “College Connection” board and students will be added to the quarterly “College Connection” mailing list. 

THE ‘2019-2020’ Youth Fellowship Kick-Off is Sunday, September 8.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service for lunch.  Following lunch, we will head to Flat Rock for some kayaking. PLEASE sign the sheet on the youth board to confirm your participation by September 1st.   Approx. cost $15.00.  The “2019” Fall Youth Retreat is November 2 -3 at the Michindoh Resort and Conference Center.  “Let’s Get Serious” is this year’s theme. Mark your planners and sign up now!  Watch your mail for more information.

THE ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR is resuming their weekly rehearsals beginning Wednesday, August 28.  Rehearsal time is 7:00 p.m. and is led by Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are always welcome.

USHERS NEEDED 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.  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 Geoff Drutchas.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Kevin (neighbor, Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Gunter Berndl, Charlie Duncan, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Mary Hard, Gina Hribik, Ilene Jenkins (Applewood Nursing Ctr, Woodhaven), Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka, Rev. Bill Kren, Larry Kurtsel, Shirley Robinson, Christine Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Bert Thompson, Spencer Warren, Frank Wolfram, and Richard Wygonik (friend, Sue Mrowka).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.

PLEASE NOTE Tuesday morning Bible Study will meet Tuesday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m.  Watch this space for changes and updates or call the church office at 313-291-1221. 

PASTORAL NEEDS during August will be in the caring hands of Pastor Cheryl Schalm and Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.  Please alert the church office (313-291-1221) to any pastoral needs that arises for you or family members.  Pastor Geoff Drutchas will be on vacation during August.

ELECTRONIC GIVING OFFERS MANY DIFFERENT OPTIONS Besides making donations to Weekly Envelopes you can also make a donation to the Lenten, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Heat and Energy Envelopes utilizing our electronic online giving. You can also make a gift to the Memorial Fund or even buy a Tree of Faith Leaf.

To set up a donation, visit us online at, select the “online giving” tab from the main menu and set up your donation. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dan Case or Gary Peters.

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to all who donated a gift basket for the Summer Picnic Basket Raffle.  Your time and talent is appreciated in making this event a success. We received many wonderfully created baskets.  And as written in part in Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it shall be given to you…”  We asked for your help, and you blessed us in abundance.   Thank you.



Calendar Week  August 25 – September 1

Sunday       Worship Service 9:30 a.m.– Rev. Ralph Brown – Summer Sunday School  9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Friday         Youth Bonfire & Games Schalm’s House

Sunday        Worship Service 9:30 a.m. - Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Communion/ Summer Sunday School 9:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.