Sunday December 1, 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

First Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2019

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

UNISON ADVENT PRAYER   Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O God, as we gather this first Advent Sunday, we take hope from the words of the prophet Isaiah:  Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the righteousness of your dawn.  Amen.

LIGHTING OF THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE (Hope)

PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 136  “Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming,”  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

  WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Carol For Advent,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 1:26-34  Lector: Helen St. Louis

HYMN No. 140  “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,”  (1 vs. Soloist, 2-4 vs. Congregation)

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

CHIME RESPONSE “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” 

OFFERTORY INVITATION / OFFERTORY/ DEDICATION OF GIFTS

MESSAGE  “Ornamenting Our Christmas,”  Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 135  “Blessed Be the God of Israel”

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

     Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

     Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

     Response:

           One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

           one cup of blessing which we bless.

           And we, though many through out the Earth,

           We are one body in this one Lord.

     Distribution of the Elements

     Prayer of Thanksgiving

     Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)

DOXOLOGY

     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.

BLESSING OF THE GREENS/ LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE 

BENEDICTION

RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 142  “People, Look East”

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

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGINGROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please alert the Ushers if you need 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.

PRINTED COPIES of most sermons are available in the front vestibule

PLEASE USE PEW ENVELOPES to request altar or chancel flowers.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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


MISSION STATEMENT

“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.” 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council: Christine Schwab 

Deacons:  Kristi Caruso

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  December 1 – December 8

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas-  First Sunday of Advent/ Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Christmas Decorating 11:00 a.m.

Monday       TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m./ Red Hat Christmas Dinner 6:30

Wednesday  Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Confirmation/ 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Blue Christmas 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Taylor Chorus Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Saturday      St. Paul Day-Santa’s Magic Forest 12:00 p.m./ Set-up Advent By Candlelight

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir Rehearsal 11:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 am. / Advent By Candlelight 6:45 p.m.

 

MORNING TIDE

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments following our worship service.  We will be gathering in Fellowship Hall, hosted by our Dorcas Society.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in memory of our son, Scott T. Burchard, on this 60th anniversary of his birth from Jack & Sandy Burchard.

HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING  Our congregation welcomes to the Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation.  What’s simply asked is that during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that fits the dignity of the sacrament.

‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ SERVICE’ members and friends who have lost loved ones over the past year or more and are experiencing Christmas the first or second time without a loved one are invited to attend a special “Blue Christmas” program and worship service on Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m. We will gather in the parlor and then join for a time of very special worship in the Chancel of the St. Paul Sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one with them that night to place on the altar. The “Blue Christmas” Service will be led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas. For more information, contact the church office.

OUR ANGEL TREE will be lighted today to inaugurate the new Advent season.  Anyone who wishes to add an angel ornament to the tree can do so.  Service will conclude with pew communion open to all baptized Christians.

ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS to honor someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one.  The cost is $8.00 per plant and can be ordered by filling out one of the white envelopes found in the pew racks.  Please designate ‘Christmas Poinsettias’.  Last day to order is Sunday, December 8.  The poinsettias will be placed in the Chancel area beginning today and will remain there throughout the Christmas season.  You can take your plant(s) after the Christmas Eve Service.  Any plants left behind will be given to our shut-ins or nursing homes where church members reside.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN – PRAYER LIST

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Dave Badarak, Liz Bechtol, Stacey Black-Quantz, Shawn Block, Robert Brainard (Beaumont, Dearborn), Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Terry Dyer (Heartland, Allen Park), Harold Fick, Vicki Grant, Beverley Gunther, Kyle Hard, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Carol Komathy, Shirley Koths, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Neil McEachern, Christopher Natzke (Beaumont, Royal Oak, nephew, Michael Natzke), Bill Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, Shirley Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (nephew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Doreen Thompson, Carol Wioncek, and Frank Wolfram. 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.

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS SPONSORING their annual “Advent by Candlelight” program on Sunday, December 8, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. I need to know total numbers at each table today.

 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION is pleased to share an opportunity to be an Angel” to a child in need this holiday season. An Angel Tree adorned with angel ornaments identifying the gender and age of a child in need is in the Fellowship Hall. Simply pull an ornament, log the number on the sheet located on the table, and return the gifts unwrapped with the ornament taped to it by December 8. December 10. Our Sunday School Children are collecting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks and undergarments for children and families in need. All items can be dropped off upstairs and/or placed in the gigantic stocking located at the bottom of the stairs. Items will be delivered to the Salvation Army December 10 in time for their annual “Families in Need Christmas Store.” If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Schalm.

 YOUNG ADULT HURRICANE RELIEF MISSION TRIP is heading to Holly Hill, Florida on December 28 to spend a week repairing and rebuilding homes damaged from hurricanes and tropical storms. They will be working with the UCC wider mission disaster ministry team. Anyone interested should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Annual Scrapbook Crop Saturday, February 8, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40. Cost includes cropping space, three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day. There will be vendors, make and takes, demos, and raffles. If you do not care to scrapbook, you can shop with our vendors. If you are a vendor, or know of a vendor that might be interested, please let me know. We need raffle and door prizes, as well as people to help that day. This is a big fundraiser for Health and Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case to volunteer or for more information.

  SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for St. Paul Day on Saturday,  December 7, 12-8 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors. Volunteer stints are two  hours. Santa’s Magic Forest is open through Sunday, December 22. Children can visit Santa and  Mrs. Claus as well as the Grinch. Photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch are available at  $8 per photo. Admission is $3, cash only.

 THE TAYLOR COMMUNITY CHORUS is presenting their Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm at the Wm. D. Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy St. Taylor (West of Telegraph and North of Ecorse).  Tickets include refreshments and can be purchased from chorus members or cash at the door.  Pricing is $8.00 adult, $5.00 6 thru 17 years and 5 and under are free.

 INVITING ALL LADIES! Women’s Fellowship, the Sew ‘n Sews, and Dorcas Society invite you to celebrate their Annual Christmas Luncheon with them.  The luncheon is Thursday, December 12, 12:30 p.m. at Woodside Meadows Golf Course Restaurant, 20820 Inkster Rd., Romulus, 48174.  Please R.S.V.P. to Thelma Poet by Tuesday, December 10. Please join us!

 CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING RECEIVED DURING DECEMBER The Christmas Fund Offering of the UCC is an important way of sharing our joy at Christmas by expressing our gatitude to those retired clergy and lay personnel who have so faithfully served our God.  We invite you to partner with the UCC Mission and Pension Board in this offering. An offering envelope is included in your recent Tidings, and there are extra envelopes in the pews marked “Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross”.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul God Bless you, Merry Christmas and Thank you.

 Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. 1 Peter 4:10 Looking to utilize your special gift? Please consider serving on the St. Paul Council.  Council positions open for nomination in 2020 include first vice president (two-year position), second vice president (three-year position), secretary (one-year position), elder (three-year position), deacon (three-year position), and trustee (three- year position). Job descriptions are available for all Council positions per request.  Council meetings are the second Tuesday of every month excluding July and August. Any church member interested in being nominated should speak with Church Trustees Michael Isaacs, Dave Badarak, or Toni Hill.

HEALTH MINISTRIES - Exercise Classes – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for these sessions.  Meditation classes - Individual sessions are available. Please contact Kathy Williams. Health/ Medical supplies – If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, please contact parish nurse, Kathy Williams.   Medicare Enrollment Time is here until December 5. Not sure about which Medicare supplement to choose? The Senior Alliance assists persons changing programs and/or Part D (medication plan). See the Health Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall for dates and places.  Blood Drive – January 28, 2020, 1:00 – 6:45 p.m.  It’s important to sign up early.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS Thursday, January 23, 2020 is our planning meeting.  Join us with any suggestions for events, outings, etc. for the upcoming year.

USHERS NEEDED Anyone interested in volunteering can visit our 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 the process prior to the worship service.

LECTORS (Scripture readers) are needed to read during worship services. No experience is needed. Training provided. Copies of all readings are available Thursday or Friday of each week and for your convenience can be emailed to you by our church’s administrative assistant, Cindy Romas.

THANK YOU to Barb Schultz, Dan & Deb Case, Toni Hill, Dorothy Evison, Helen St. Louis, Marjie Barnard, April Clark, Sue Mrowka, Kathy Williams, Grace Wangbickler, Rev. Geoff Drutchas, Mark Ennis, Dave Lange, John Smith, Ed Brainard and our Girl Scout Troop 74590 for helping to make the Spaghetti Dinner a success.

THANK YOU for the “Make A Wish” Card concerns and suggestions requesting the Chancel Choir stand so they can be seen better and heard more clearly.  We appreciate your comments and value your opinions.  You may have noticed that the choir is now standing across the entire Chancel area.  We believe this provides a better visual appearance and better sound projection.  The Worship Planning Ministry discussed having the Choir stand at the bottom of the Chancel steps but determined that it is difficult to do this in an orderly and timely manner.  Again, thank you for your feedback and God Bless.