August 29, 2021 – Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship


An “Off the Wall” Service / Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

St. Paul United Church of Christ

Taylor, Michigan

August 29, 2021


PRELUDE  “I Come with Joy,” Organist Sally Sigman



Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas



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



SCRIPTURE Ephesians 5:19-20

ANTHEM  “Caro Mio Ben,” Brenda Murphy, Soloist

MESSAGE “Our Walls Do Talk,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN with INTRODUCTION “Amazing Grace!” No. 546  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

CHIME ANTHEM with INTRODUCTION “Take My Life and Let It Be” (Insert)


HYMN with INTRODUCTION “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” No. 585

SCRIPTURE John 1:14-16

HYMN with INTRODUCTION “The Old Rugged Cross” No. 548

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” Sally Sigman


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.  Our congregation’s goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe.  Thanks!




A Reading for Our Worship…

Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee;

Take my moments and my days;  let them flow in ceaseless praise!

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love.

Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing, unto God my praise I bring.

Take my lips and let them be, filled with messages for thee.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be, ever, only all for thee.


A COFFEE HOUR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS THIS MORNING’S SERVICE.  After worship services, coffee, donuts, and other 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 a 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.  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 with an activity entitled “Abigail Saves the Day.”  Greeted by their teacher in the West Lobby when they first arrive, children may also be picked-up there as worship and Sunday School class finish.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY for post-high school students meets this coming Wednesday, September 1, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  All youth are invited to join.  Contact Pastor Schalm for more information.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY RESUMES Tuesday, September 7, 10:30-12 noon, West Room.  All are welcome.

CONFIRMATION CLASS ORIENTATION for eighth and ninth graders with parents will be held Wednesday, September 7, 7 p.m.  All youth and parents invited!  

SIGN-UP FOR PICTORIAL DIRECTORY PHOTO SESSESIONS BEGINS TODAY, Sunday, August 29, after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Gary Peters and Dan Case will be in the West Room scheduling sessions.  Online sign-up begins Monday, August 30th.                                 

CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 7 p.m. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the West Room.  New voices are always welcome.  No auditions necessary.  For more information, please contact Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.

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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL HELPING WITH THE KITCHEN CLEAN-UP organized by our Buildings & Grounds Ministry: Dan Evison, Mark Ennis, Pam Lange, Dave Lange, Julius Enesey, Harold Fick, Tom Tank and Dan Case.  Your help is truly appreciated!

USHERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES  To volunteer, speak with Deacons Jim Nault, Teri Staffeld, or Jennifer Ruffner or call the church office.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS CONTINUES on Wednesday, September 1, 10:30 a.m., outdoors, weather permitting. For more information: Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

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: Patrick Ferguson, Michelle Matney, Sandy Rose, Tom Tank, Murl Nieman, Brenda Tank, Nancy Walker, Margo Charette, John Caufield, Sue Spears, 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, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Tyler Staten, Dick Milatz, Doreen Thompson, Bert Thompson, Loretta Kurtsel, Shirley Koths, Darryl Smith, Philip Smith, Dale Rose, Gunnar Theisen, Hailee St. Louis, Renee St. Louis, Joe Hill.

Happy 48th Anniversary: Kathy and Gary Peters.