August 23, 2020

Posted by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor on Sunday, August 23, 2020


“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” ~Proverbs 15:33


Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
August 23, 2020


PRELUDE   Organist, Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Cheryl Schalm


ANTHEM “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” Pastor Geoff Drutchas

MORNING SCRIPTURE    Exodus 14:5-6,10-14, 21-22, 27-28; Luke 9:57-62

MESSAGE “Up, Up and Climbing,” Pastor Schalm


LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM “Climb Every Mountain,” Eileen Vernor Drutchas, Soloist



I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus; no turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me; the world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross behind me; no turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, I still will follow; though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow; no turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus? Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?  No turning back, no turning back!


PLEASE PRAY for church members and friends: Darlene Babin, Shirley Koths, Doris Hilliker, Lin Hogan, Andrea Matney, Steve Matney, Ken Kaszubowski, Sue Spears, Kyle Hard, Sue Kren, Diane Hines, Shirley Gratrix, Elaine Cowper,  Glen Sigman, Al Wierzvicki, Beverly Sitz,  Bill Pattenaude, Helen St. Louis, Marcie Bolen, Marion Bolen, Diana Wickline, Ciera Mack, Shirlen Powell,  Loretta Kurtsel, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Harold Fick,  Sheryl Schwab, Bob Smarr, James Natzke, Doreen Thompson, Cassidy Congelierre, Bob Weigel, Darlene Wangbickler, Richard Janztsen, Joe Coffee, Toni Oliver, John Poet, and the families of late Robert Chiles and Reverend Stephen Rooney.




St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor – August 23, 2020


, 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. Facebook livestreamed services continue as we continue to “weather” occasional technical difficulties!  Ushers are needed for Sunday services.  Please volunteer: speak with a deacon or call the church office (313-291-1221)

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 27.

USHERS ARE NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES.  Please speak with a Deacon to volunteer or call 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 a Hebrew slave raised as an Egyptian prince.  The Sunday School Zoom lesson will be held at noon today.  All interested should contact Pastor Schalm by 11:30 a.m. this morning.  The story, message, craft and outreach ideas can all be found on the morning’s blog.

RALLY SUNDAY UPCOMING!  It’s time to rally the troops as we prepare to begin another year of Sunday school.  Our “2020 - 2021” focus will be, “nurturing the fruits of the spirit.” All families are encouraged to participate in this special service of “reengagement and activation.” Whether you decide to join us under the tent (weather permitting), or from your vehicle in the church parking Lot (FM Station 105.3), we hope that you will be present for this special family rally service.  Following the service all families who pre-register will have the opportunity to partake in a scavenger hunt in a roped off area designated just for their family.  All registered families will begin at the same time and once all items have been found they will text Pastor Schalm.  The 1st family done will win a gift card to Dairy Queen.  Others will receive consolation prizes.  Individually wrapped donuts and juice boxes will be handed out to all participants.  All Sunday School families should plan to register their family by September 6th.  Please contact Pastor Schalm to do so.

THE ROCK HARD IN FELLOWSHIP YOUTH GROUP MEMBERS will be tapping their creative talents painting rocks, Saturday, September 12, to be used for the next day’s Rally Sunday Scavenger Hunt.  Let Pastor Schalm know you’re coming to rock paint by September 5.  Most creative rock artist will receive a Dairy Queen gift card!

‘WORSHIP WEDNESDAY’ YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY MEETS this coming Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  All post high-schoolers are welcome and encouraged to join with social distancing precautions maintained. The group is planning a ‘Fall Food & Fire’ Bible Study, Wednesday, September 23, 7 p.m. with a outdoors bonfire, hot dogs (each will cook his/her own), bagged chips and pre-packaged s’mores.

ST PAUL YOUTH WILL BE ENJOYING A NATURE WALK AND PICNIC at Huroc Park, September 26. Pack and bring a sack lunch and mask. Afterwards we’ll walk to the Dairy Queen for dessert.  Please RSVP with Pastor Schalm by September 19.

AN ONLINE CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT CLASS IS STARTING UP on August 27th.  The six session class on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, will be held via Zoom, accessible by anyone who has online access via desk PC, laptop, tablet, or phone.  An information program will be held August 20, 10-10:30 a.m. online.  You must sign up in advance.  For more info and sign-up, contact Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL WOMEN’S RETREAT is being planned for the first Saturday, October 3, with social distancing and other health precautions maintained.  Please speak with Michele McNeely if you would like to participate or would like more information.

DID YOU KNOW OUR CONGREGATION’S ADOPT-A-GRANDPARENT program is continuing through September?  To participate please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

LET’S PRAY FOR THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES: Tricia Nault, 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, 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.