Sunday October 6, 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

 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 6, 2019

World Communion Sunday

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

(Nursery care available)


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



OPENING HYMN No. 595  “Be Thou My Vision,” (vs. 1, 2) Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

OPENING PRAYER/ UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

Eternal God whose image lies in the hearts of all people, we live among peoples whose ways are different from ours, whose faiths are foreign to us, whose tongues are unintelligible to us.  Help us to remember that you love all people with your great love, that all religion is an attempt to respond to you, that the yearnings of other hearts are much like our own and are known to you.  Help us to recognize you in the words of truth, the things of beauty, the actions of love about us.  We pray through Christ, who is a stranger to no one land more than another, and to every  land no less than to another.   



THANKS FOR THE EAST/ CHIME RESPONSE                                 

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Let There Be Peace on Earth,”  Chancel Ensemble

SCRIPTURE  Acts 1:3-8; Mark 4:35-41 Lector:  Sandy Ennis

HYMN No. 687  “In Christ There Is No East or West,”  (vs. 1, 2)



 HYMN No.  337 “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult” (vs. 1-3)



 HYMN No.  680  “O God of Every Nation,”  (vs. 1, Tracy Hoffman; vs. 2-3, Congregation)

 MESSAGE  “The 3-D Glasses of Faith,”  Pastor Drutchas


 HYMN No.  59  “This Is My Father’s World”


   Unison Confession of Sin (Pew card)

Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration


      One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

      one cup of blessing which we bless.

      And we, though many throughout the Earth,

      we are one body in this one lord.

  Distribution of the Elements

  Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts/ debtors)


   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.


POSTLUDE  (Please remain seated in your pews as the services closes until all 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 new ‘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.


Council:  Toni Hill

Deacon:  Dee Salsbury

Ushers:  Rosemarie Laslo, Tim Ruffner,     

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  October 6 – October 13

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – World Communion Sunday/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.
Monday      TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday     Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:00 p.m.
WednesdayChronic Pain Management 11:15 a.m./ Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. / Confirmation 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Visiting Elders 9:30 a.m./ Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Craft Show set up

Saturday    Craft & Vendor Show 9:00 a.m.
Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – New Member Welcome/ ChristNet Hosting Week/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.


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.

ROSES ON THE PULPIT CELEBRATE the births of Joshua Thomas Tank, born September 27, 2019 to Toni & Josh Tank.  Siblings: Grace and Vanette. Kelvin Thomas Johnson, born October 4, 2019 to Carissa & Kelvin Johnson.  Siblings:  Mya & Cameron. St. Paul Great-Grandparents to both babies:   Linda & Tom Tank.

OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING  will be received Sundays throughout October.   This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings that assists our American Indian Ministries and supports education, justice, peace, and the rights of the poor and needy.  Information about the NIN Offering, and an envelope, are in the October Tidings.  You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks. On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, please give as generously as you are able to those in need.     Thank you.

OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION is providing emergency overnight housing as part of our annual participation in the ChristNet Homeless Shelter during October 13-20. We will be offering our ChristNet guests breakfast and supper, as well as a brown bag lunch to go.  The guests are expected to arrive at 6 p.m. every evening and depart 7 a.m. the following morning. Male and female volunteers are needed to serve as hosts for half a night, assist with Sunday morning clean-up, launder linens on Sunday morning, and transport bedding and supplies to the next host church.  Overnight hosts have a choice of early or late shifts, 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. or 12 midnight to 6 a.m. To help defray the costs of hosting ChristNet, donations including breakfast foods, other supplies, and financial donations are welcomed.  Church organizations are scheduled to prepare hot dinners for guests. Our ChristNet week is being coordinated by Kim Martinez. Please look for the ChristNet sign-up table near the kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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'.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.

   ALTAR GUILD has opportunities for volunteers to maintain the altar candles and to ensure the paraments (cloths on the lectern and pulpit) are changed accordingly.  There are no meetings to attend.  All materials and training are provided at your convenience.   For more information please contact Sue Mrowka or Marjie Barnard.

   AUDIO COPIES OF OUR ST. PAUL WORSHIP SERVICES are available online.  Visit our Web Site at and select the "Weekly Sermons, Bulletins and  Audio Services" tab from the main menu.  Select from the listings of dates to view available bulletins, sermons and full audio recordings of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Peters, Michael Isaacs or Dan Case.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILL The Safety and Security Ministry will have an Emergency Evacuation Drill of the entire Church on Sunday, October 13th, weather permitting.  The safety of our membership is very important, and we are constantly working to maintain and improve it. Everyone will be escorted from the building in an orderly fashion by our Emergency Response Team. Members of the ERT team will be wearing armbands with yellow reflective tape. It is important that everyone follow the direction of the ERT members to ensure that the evacuation is done in a timely and safe manner.

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 has resumed their weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals.  Rehearsal time is 7:00 p.m. and is led by Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.  New voices are always welcome.  Handbell Choir rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m.  Please consider joining our Handbell Choir.  It’s as easy as counting one, two, three, four.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Paula Block, Dave Cowper, Charlie Duncan, Moses Flomo, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Kyle Hard, Doris Hilliker, Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka, Shirley Robinson, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz,  Diane Sturgeon, Paul Tetreau (newphew, Kathy & Gary Peters), Bert Thompson,  Doreen Thompson, Arlene Wolfram, 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.

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following worship service.

FUNERAL SERVICE for St. Paul member, Danielle Gardner, who passed away September 25, 2019 at the age of 79 years is Monday, October 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul.  She will lie in state at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas is to officiate. Visitation is Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 Telegraph Rd., Taylor.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel.

THE 18TH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic Metro Detroit churches is Wednesday, October 23. The bus is now full but a ‘wait list’ has begun in case of cancellations.  Please contact the church office at 313-291-1221 to add your name to our ‘wait list.’

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Sunday, October 13, 2019.  Those interested in joining St. Paul Church are encouraged to contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office or complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate or give it to any Usher.

YOUTH CHOIR (formerly Children’s Choir) REHEARSALS are following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  For more information, please contact director, Sally Sigman.

DORCAS SOCIETY is rescheduling their get together/ luncheon to a later date.   Please watch this space for updated information or contact Marjie Barnard or Sue Mrowka