August 02, 2020


Tenth Sunday of Pentecost
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
August 2, 2020


PRELUDE  “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Organist Sally Sigman



OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas


MORNING SCRIPTURE  Job 38:41; 39:26-27; Matthew 23:37

CHIMES  ”His Eye is on the Sparrow,” Sally Sigman

MESSAGE  “For the Birds” Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “On Eagle’s Wings,” Tracy Hoffman


Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.  We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.  We have offended against your holy laws.  We have left undone those things which ought to be done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.  But you, O Lord, are merciful.  Spare us, O God, as we confess our faults.  Restore us in our penitence according to your promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.  And grant, O most merciful God, for Jesus’ sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.  

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Pastor Drutchas and Elders

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / MEMORIAL PRAYER (Bettie Slusher)/ 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.

BENEDICTION “Go Ye Now in Peace,” Pastor Drutchas and Tracy Hoffman


On Eagle’s Wings

  1. You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in God’s shadow for life,

 say to the Lord: ‘My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!’

R: For I will raise you up on Eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand.  And hold you in the palm of my hand.

  1. The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear:

 under God’s wings your refuge, God’s faithfulness your shield.  R

  1. You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;

 though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come. R

  1. For to God’s angels is given a command to guard you in all of your ways;

Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. R.




WELCOME TO CONTINUING SANCTUARY SERVICES!  As Facebook livestreamed services continue, so do on-site services—whether in the sanctuary or outdoors.  However, for everyone’s safety we maintain all health-safe precautions, including masking, social distancing, and ushering.

THE COMMUNION SACRAMENT will be offered during our 10 a.m. worship this morning.  Church members have three options: (1) sanctuary communion, using pre-wrapped wafer and cup, distributed upon arrival; (2) parking lot communion with elements distributed by the elders to individual cars, following the service via Facebook or radio (FM 105.3); or (3) home communion with bread and juice from our own kitchens.  All elements will be consecrated by pastoral prayer in worship. You do not need to be a formal member of this congregation to share in our ‘open communion.’  But we ask all who partake of the Lord’s Supper commit themselves through this meal to walk more closely with Jesus Christ in spirit and deed.

OUR NEXT SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE OUTDOORS UNDER THE OPEN TENT, weather-permitting.  Please bring a lawn chair, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask for mutual benefit and safety.  At St. Paul Church our goal is to keep everyone spiritually and physically healthy.

ST PAUL CABINET WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, at  7:00 p.m., telephonically regarding the Fall Rummage Sale.

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP will be meeting at church this week at 10:30 a.m., reading and discussing the Book of Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 24.  If you would like to join this group, please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on the website under the Christian Education tab.  Today’s message is about how we remember Jesus.  A virtual Sunday School Zoom lesson will be offered at noon.  The story, message, craft and outreach ideas can all be found on the morning’s blog.  All parents/Sunday School children interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by 11:30 a.m. (following the live stream) for information on joining.

‘BREAKING OUT’ VIRTUAL VBS WAS FUN!  Pastor Schalm would like to thank all the special guest who gave up an evening of their time in order to take part in the virtual VBS.  They shared their stories and songs with 15 participating children/young people.  We look forward to resuming our traditional VBS program next summer.

BIG THANKS to everyone who sent pictures for inclusion in the all-church picnic & VBS video posted last week.  The next video is scheduled for August 30th and will feature “summer escapes.”  Plan now to send Pastor Schalm pictures of outings, walks, drives, or vacations you enjoyed this “Covid summer.”

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY MEETS on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  All post high-schoolers are welcome and encouraged to join.

YOUR AUGUST TIDINGS NEWSLETTER has been posted online and mailed out.  Look for the latest news!

PLEASE PRAY for church members and friends Diane Hines (Beaumont-Taylor), Shirley Gratrix, Elaine Cowper, Ken Kaszubowski, Sue Spears, Tracy Spears, Sue Kren, Kyle Hard, Lois Rice, Glen Sigman, Michelle Mellin, Eileen Herkimer, Shirley Koths, Al Wierzvicki,  Bill Pattenaude, Frank Wolfram, Marcie Bolen, Marion Bolen, Diana Wickline, Darlene Babin, Tom Williams, Shirlen Powell, Loretta Kurtsel, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Harold Fick,  Sheryl Schwab, Bob Smarr, Doreen Thompson, Cassidy (Wangbickler) Congelierre, Darlene Wangbickler, Carol Hoffman, Toni Oliver, and John Poet.

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BETTIE SLUSHER on her passing this past Monday.  Memorial service arrangements are still pending.  CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Tank, Grace Wangbickler, Michelle Matney, and Sue Mrowka celebrating birthdays.

LET’S PRAY FOR THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES as police officers, nurses, physicians, medical staff, EMS workers, and firemen during the ongoing pandemic.  We want to especially remember church members and friends: Kim Arndt, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Rick Barnosky, Jennifer Babin, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey,
Jarod MacZink, Ciera Mack, Marcie Magnuson, Sam Martin, Michelle Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler.