Sunday September 15, 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

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 15, 2019

Celebration of Worship 10:00 a.m.

Nursery care available

 SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


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

OPENING HYMN No. 15  “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart,”  Tracy Hoffman,  Hymn Leader

 UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

O Lord, sometimes it’s difficult for us to truly worship You – in Spirit and in truth.  We bring along all the baggage of the past week.  We are so easily distracted.  We are making plans for this afternoon and tomorrow when we should be thinking about You and Your word.  Help us to set aside anything and everything that would detract from the sacredness of this hour, and enable us to focus our minds on what we have come here to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.




 CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “I Surrender All,”  Chancel Choir

   MATRICULATION CEREMONY  1st & 2nd year Confirmands & Parents  


 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things shall        

 be added unto you.  Allelu, alleluia!  Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and  

 ye shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.  Allelu, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-7  Lector:  Lois Rice

HYMN No. 323 “Wonderful Words of Life”

MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

HYMN No. 73  “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” (vs. 1, 3)



       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 Company We Keep,”  Pastor Drutchas

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts / debtors)/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Rev. William Kren)

CLOSING HYMN No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory” (vs. 1, 2, 5)


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 alert the ushers if you need 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:  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:  Cheryl Kincaid

Deacon:  Jim Nault

Ushers:  Helene McEachern, Sharon Podpora, Louise Stanek

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


Calendar Week  September 15 – September 22

Sunday       Worship Service 10:00 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Matriculation Sunday/  Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Youth Lunch & Kayaking 11:00 a.m.

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

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m. / Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday    Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m./ Lector’s Workshop 7:00 p.m.

Saturday     Confirmation Retreat to Put-in-Bay 8:00 a.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas – Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Youth Choir 11:00 a.m.


PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall immediately following our 10:00 a.m. single worship service.

ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Clara Marie Rhodes, born July 28, 2019 to Kaitlyn Sander and Sean Rhodes.  Parents are Mark & Margie Sander.  St. Paul Great-Grand-mother is Ida Black.

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.  Watch this space for upcoming information on our Handbell Choir rehearsals.

RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Set-up, Sale, and Clean-up.  The annual St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale is Thursday through Saturday, October 3-5.  Rummage Sale donations are welcome and can be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall.  It is important that all donations be clean and in a good state of repair.  Rummage Sale set-up begins Wednesday, September 25, with “Blue Jean Sunday,” September 29.  Church members are encouraged to come that Sunday morning dressed in work clothes, ready to pitch in.  To volunteer, please contact the church office (313-291-1221).  All proceeds support church related projects.

YOUTH CHOIR (formerly Children’s Choir) REHEARSALS begin September 22 following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  We will gather in the West Room.  For more information, please contact director, Sally Sigman.

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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES  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. 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 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m. 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” FALL YOUTH RETREAT 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.

CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW COMING October 12.  Volunteers are needed.  Also, donations are welcomed to help offset lunch expenses.  Please contact Linda Tank to volunteer and for more information.

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS outing Thursday September 19th is a day trip to Greenfield Village. We will meet at the church at 9 a.m. and carpool to the Village. Let Kathy Williams know if you have a membership for a guest pass to share or can drive. We will buy tickets that day.

LECTOR’S WORKSHOP Ever consider reading scripture during Sunday morning service? A special class on how to be a part of this important and wonderful worship ministry will be held  Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. Pastor Drutchas will lead the orientation session which will provide an overview of the Bible and offer pointers on how to be an effective lector, helping God’s word get heard. All materials will be provided. There will be opportunities for informal questions and answers, plus discussion about the Bible—a chance to ask those things that have always been on your heart and mind. For more information, please contact Pastor Drutchas.


Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Kevin (neighbor, Anne & Kirk Blanchard), Paula Block, Dave Cowper, June Dolan, Charlie Duncan, Oren Forsyth, Andrea Fuller, Harry Gardner, Mary Hard, Ilene Jenkins (Applewood Nursing Ctr, Woodhaven), Tyler Keith (son, Anne Blanchard), Nancy Koszalka, Gloria Lakatos, Shirley Robinson, Christine Schwab, John Sharp (father, Gina Hribik), Gabriel Siadak, Beverly Sitz, Tracy Spears, Paul Tetreau (brother-in-law Kathy & Gary Peters), Bert Thompson,  Doreen Thompson, Arlene Wolfram, 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.

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU at the Women’s Retreat October 5 and 6. Providing leadership this year will be April Clark, Michele McNeely, Marjie Barnard and Eileen Vernor Drutchas. This year’s theme is “New Beginnings with Faith, Hope, and Grace”. The retreat provides an opportunity for women of faith to share time together and reflect on how we can rely on God through faith, hope and grace in everyday life. Michindoh Conference Center, near Hillsdale, provides a scenic setting, as well as comfortable indoor facilities. Count on indoor and outdoor activities. We will carpool from St. Paul Saturday at 7 a.m. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $99 and includes three meals and one night of lodging. Your retreat money and completed reservation form should be returned to Marjie Barnard.  Reservation forms have been mailed to past participants and are also available around the church.

THE 18TH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TOUR of historic Metro Detroit churches is Wednesday, October 23. We will tour at least five churches in the City of Detroit all renowned for their architecture and ministries. On the list are two Roman Catholic Churches, an Ecumenical Catholic abbey, a Serbian Orthodox basilica, and an Episcopal congregation. For lunch we will be enjoying the re-opened Roma Café in Eastern Market. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, our tour is by chartered bus, departing at 8 a.m. and returning no later than 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30, not including lunch. Most of the churches will provide docents to orient us, supplemented by further background offered by Pastor Drutchas. In addition, all participants will receive an informational tour brochure high-lighting the architectural and artistic treasures of each sanctuary. You are encouraged to RSVP early as seats fill up quickly. Your $30 payment needs to be made with your RSVP. Any checks should be made out to ‘St. Paul UCC specifying Pilgrimage Tour