August 1, 2021 – Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost – Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship

Order of Service
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
August 01, 2021 


PRELUDE
“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,”

WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING

CALL TO WORSHIP / PASSING OF PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you… And also with you!

RESPONSIVE INNVOCATION (Psalm 32:8-11)

LEADER: I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with  my eye upon you.

CONGREGATION: Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.

LEADER: Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in God.

CONGREGATION: Be glad in God and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all upright in heart.

ALL: Amen, Amen

OPENING PRAYER / Pastor Cheryl Schalm

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  No. 556 “Trust and Obey”

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

MORNING SCRIPTURE Psalm 51:10-17;  Luke 6:46; 1 John 2:3-6  Lector, Barb Schultz

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  No. 612 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

MORNING PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC Kathy Williams “Simple Gifts”

SCRIPTURE James 2:14-19 Lector, Barb Schultz

MESSAGE  “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done” Pastor Schalm

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  No. 494 “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

PRAYERS OF INVITATION, CONFESSSION & CONSECRATION FOR COMMUNION

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.  

AFFIRMATION OF UNITY IN CHRIST

One bread, one body, one Lord of all; one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, thou many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord!

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Pastor Schalm

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We give thanks to thee. Almighty God, that thou hast refreshed us with this memorial of thy love, and hast granted to us the presence of thy Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord; and we beseech thee to strengthen our faith in thee and to increase our love toward one another; through him who is our redeemer. Amen

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / DOXOLOGY - Congregation Standing

 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/ POSTLUDE “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”

 


 

THIS MORNING THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION IS SHARED.  At St. Paul United Church of Christ we observe an “open” communion welcoming all adult, baptized Christians to partake of both bread and cup without need to be a formal member of this congregation.  However, all who share in this sacred meal are asked to make it a time of commitment to reverently walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and his loving and just ways.  In light of the COVID pandemic we make use of individual communion “kits,” that include both a sealed wafer and small cup distributed to worship by our elders before the start of the worship service.  These kits are tightly sealed.  You are encouraged to gently pull back part of the top seal for the wafer and the lower seal for the juice cup when you first receive all in readiness for the communion to come.  Some church members (including our pastors) have found these seals a little more stubborn than expected: it’s good to be ready for communion when the time comes without last moment exasperation!

THIOSE WORSHIPING AT HOME WITH US VIA FACEBOOK LVESTREAMING ARE ALSO INVITED TO THIS MORNING’S COMMUNION.  In a reverent spirit, please make use of break and use from your home kitchen at communion time.  All communion elements, including those from home kitchens, will be consecrated with prayer during our communion service this morning.

MEET YOUR ELDERS.  At St. Paul Church being an “Elder” does not mean being old but one called to service in the name of Jesus Christ as a part of our congregation’s Council.  While our church’s Trustees oversee our building and grounds, ensuring their suitability as a gathering place, and our Deacons maintain the good order and organization of all Sunday and weekday worship services, our Elders assist with worship at sacramental times, presiding with our pastors at communion.  Our Elders distributing communion elements are Mark Ennis, Chris Schwab, and Barb Schultz.

 

OUR COMMUNION PRAYERS AND LITURGY

THIS MORNING THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION IS SHARED.  At St. Paul United Church of Christ we observe an “open” communion welcoming all adult, baptized Christians to partake of both bread and cup without need to be a formal member of this congregation.  However, all who share in this sacred meal are asked to make it a time of commitment to reverently walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and his loving and just ways.  In light of the COVID pandemic we make use of individual communion “kits,” that include both a sealed wafer and small cup distributed to worship by our elders before the start of the worship service.  These kits are tightly sealed.  You are encouraged to gently pull back part of the top seal for the wafer and the lower seal for the juice cup when you first receive all in readiness for the communion to come.  Some church members (including our pastors) have found these seals a little more stubborn than expected: it’s good to be ready for communion when the time comes without last moment exasperation!

THIOSE WORSHIPING AT HOME WITH US VIA FACEBOOK LVESTREAMING ARE ALSO INVITED TO THIS MORNING’S COMMUNION.  In a reverent spirit, please make use of bread and juice from your home kitchen at communion time.  All communion elements, including those from home kitchens, will be consecrated with prayer during our communion service this morning.

MEET YOUR ELDERS.  At St. Paul Church being an “Elder” does not mean being old but one called to service in the name of Jesus Christ as a part of our congregation’s Council.  While our church’s Trustees oversee our building and grounds, ensuring their suitability as a gathering place, and our Deacons maintain the good order and organization of all Sunday and weekday worship services, our Elders assist with worship at sacramental times, presiding with our pastors at communion.  Our Elders distributing communion elements are Mark Ennis, Chris Schwab, and Barb Schultz.

 

OUR COMMUNION PRAYERS AND LITURGY

PRAYERS OF INVITATION, CONFESSSION & CONSECRATION FOR COMMUNION (Unison)

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.

 

AFFIRMATION OF UNITY IN CHRIST (Congregational Singing)

One bread, one body, one Lord of all; one cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, thou many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord!

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We give thanks to thee. Almighty God, that thou hast refreshed us with this memorial of thy love, and hast granted to us the presence of thy Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord; and we beseech thee to strengthen our faith in thee and to increase our love toward one another; through him who is our redeemer. Amen

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / DOXOLOGY - Congregation Standing

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.

 


 

 

“Trust and Obey”

When we walk with the Lord in the right of his word, What a glory he sheds on our way!

While we do his good will, he abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain (R): Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus,

but to trust and obey. 

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he will richly repay;

not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey.  (R)

But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar we lay;

for the favor he shows, for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey.  (R)

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his side in the way;

what he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never fear, only trust and obey.  (R)

 

“O Jesus, I Have Promised”

O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end; be thou for ever near me, my master and my friend; I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel thee near me!  The world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; my foes are ever near me, around me and within; but, Jesus, draw thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear thee speaking, in accents clear and still, above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will; O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be; and, Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end; O give me grace to follow, my master and my friend.

 

“They’ll Know We Are Christians”

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, and we pray that all unity may one day be restored: (R)

Refrain (R):  And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love. 

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land: (R)

We will work with each other, we will work side by side, we will work with each other, we will work side by side, and we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride: (R)

All praise to the Father, from whom all things come, and all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son, and all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one: (R)

 


 

ST.PAUL MORNING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS – August 1, 2021

 

THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or via Facebook livestreamed Sunday, 10 a.m. Services are later posted on the St. Paul church web site under “Sermons, Bulletins, and Audio Services.”  In worshiping indoors, those not vaccinated are encouraged to continue masking. At the service’s close as we depart, let’s all seek to social distance, giving each other lots of space without congregating in the aisle, narthex, or vestibule.  Weather permitting, we worship outdoors under the tent with social distancing but with masking optional.  Our congregation’s goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe.  Thanks!

A COFFEE HOUR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS THIS MORNING’S SERVICE.  After outdoor worship services, coffee, donuts, and other refreshments are conveniently served from the coffee station set up on the back patio outside the West Room.  In case of rain, our refreshments and fellowship move to our large Fellowship Hall with well-spaced tables at the north end of our building.  It’s easy to get there but in light of potential “trip hazard” at the front of the church from broadcasting equipment, please use the east side aisle. Continue through the arched doorway, turn left at the St. Paul sculpture courtyard and then a quick right through the open double doors to the waiting coffee and donuts.  Whether indoors or out, you’re invited to enjoy some good coffee and donuts and great conversation with fellow worshippers.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS UPSTAIRS during the 10 a.m. service, in an air-conditioned classroom for a lesson and related activity on David, Israel’s youngest king.  Sunday School teacher Helen St. Louis will meet and greet arriving young people in the West Lobby before going upstairs.  Children may be picked-up in the West Lobby as worship and Sunday School class finish.

OUR SENIOR PASTOR WILL BE TAKING A BREAK during some of the August weeks ahead.
Pastor Cheryl Schalm preaches and leads worship today and again on Sunday, August 22.  Next week the Reverend Ralph Brown, former administrator for the Evangelical Homes of Michigan and pastor at Hope United Church of Christ in Fraser, will be “guesting” our pulpit.  Pastor Drutchas will be preaching and leading worship on Sundays, August 15 and 29.  Please extend a gracious welcome by presence and word to Pastors Schalm and Brown for their worship leadership.  During Pastor Drutchas’ absence, please contact the Pastor Schalm, Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, and the Church Office regarding any pastoral emergency or special need.  As this past year navigating through a COVID pandemic is shown, our “ministry together” never takes a break: we’re here for each other always in Jesus Christ!

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY is adjourned throughout August but resumes on Tuesday, September 7, the day after Labor Day.  This coming fall, plan on joining a great study group exploring the Word together and enjoying great fellowship in Christ.

OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW PHOTO DIRECTORY with family and individual portrait sessions at church this fall.  Get your smile ready and plan on scheduling your photo session at summer’s end. 

TOILETRIES AND PERSONAL HYGEINE ITEMS are needed for hospitalized and outpatient Veterans.  Items can be dropped off in the bin at the entrance to our outdoor tent or sanctuary. See list of preferred items in your July-August Tidings.

USHERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES.  To volunteer, speak with Deacons Jim Nault, Terri Staffeld, or Jennifer Ruffner or call the church office (313-291-1221).

CALLNG FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR CPR TRAINING to help ensure the well-being of our congregation’s members.  Class is scheduled for August 16 & 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Parish Nurse Kathy Williams for this life-saving training.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS CONTINUES on Wednesday, August 4, 10:30 a.m., outdoors, weather permitting. For more information: Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

OUR CONGREGATION’S ANNUAL PICNIC has been scheduled this year to coincide with Rally Sunday, September 12, in order to benefit from any further lifting of Covid-related mandates.  Mark your calendars now.

ST. PAUL CHURCH OFFICE IS NOW OPEN on Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-offs and deliveries can also be made on other days by advance call and arrangement. 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Sheryl Schwab, Murl Nieman, Brenda Tank, Nancy Walker, Margo Charette, Alice Nagy, John Caufield, Sue Spears, Arlene Felske, Kyle Hard, Glen Sigman, Jim Fraser, Diane Wickline, Bob Smarr, Sue Stern, Sherrill Berndl, Gunter Berndl, Christie Smart, Don Mack, Jeff MacZink, Maria MacZink, Shirley Robinson, Dave Lange, Linda Tank, Wayne Jones, Eleanor Rossi, Neil McEachern, Carrie Hill, Tyler Staten, Kim Arndt, Julian Page, Joe Hill, Bert Thompson, Loretta Kurtsel, Eric Hagen, Darryl Smith, Philip Smith, Dale Rose, Nicole Wangbickler. Condolences: Families of Shirlen Powell, Charlie Duncan, Sr, and Susan Hoover James.

 

Happy Birthdays: Daniel Case, Eileen Vernor Drutchas, and Sue Mrowka (altar roses in her honor)