August 30, 2020

Posted by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor on Sunday, August 30, 2020


“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” ~ Psalm 119:68


Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
August 30, 2020


PRELUDE   Organist, Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Cheryl Schalm


ANTHEM  “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE    Genesis 45:1-4, 50:18-21 & Romans 8:28-39

MESSAGE  God is Good~ Even in a World Gone Mad,” Pastor Schalm


LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist



Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care.

 In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.

 Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

 Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

 We are Thine, who Thou befriend us; be the guardian of our way.

 Keep Thy flock from sin defend us; seek us when we go astray.

 Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear Thy children when we pray

Blessed Jesus, oh blessed Jesus, hear Thy children when we pray.

 Early let us seek Thy favor; early let us do Thy will.

 Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.

 Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou has loved us, love us still!




St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor – August 30, 2020


WELCOME! OUR UPCOMING SEPTEMBER SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE OUTDOORS UNDER AN 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. 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)

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, Kathy Williams,  Glen Sigman, Al Wierzvicki, Beverly Sitz,  Cleora and Bill Pattenaude, Helen St. Louis, Marcie Bolen, Marion Bolen, Ciera Mack, Shirlen Powell,  Loretta Kurtsel, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Sheryl Schwab, Doreen Thompson, Cassidy Congelierre, Bob Wiegel, Darlene Wangbickler, Richard Janztsen, Joe Coffee, Toni Oliver, John Poet

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy and Gary Peters as they celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary.

THE ALL CHURCH SUMMER ESCAPE VIDEO will be available for viewing following this morning’s worship service.  Thank you to all who contributed photos.

THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on the website under the Christian Education tab.  Today’s message is on the “first” tablets and their continuous value! 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 “re-engagement 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 Dairy Queen for dessert.  Please RSVP with Pastor Schalm by September 19.

THE ANNUAL ST. PAUL WOMEN’S RETREAT will be held this fall in our St. Paul Fellowship Hall, Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s theme: Women of the Bible.  Discussion topics: What challenges were they given?  How did they manage various situations?  How can we relate to our Bible women given today’s circumstances?  This is a great time to share in much needed fellowship during these uncertain days.  The large space of Fellowship Hall will allow us to maintain a safe and healthy with necessary social distancing.  There is limited seating.  To reserve a spot all women interested in participating should RSVP by September 15 to by calling the church office (313-291-1221) or directly contacting planning committee members Marjorie Barnard, April Clark, Michele McNeely, or Eileen Vernor Drutchas  Please speak with Michele McNeely if you would like to participate or would like more information.

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP will be next meeting at church on September 8, at 10:30 a.m., reading and discussing Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

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

NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, OUR CONGREGATION CELEBRATES COMMUNION.  The sacrament will be offered under our outdoor tent for those present for the service.  Alternatively, St. Paul members participating via Facebook livestreaming may participate by making use of bread and juice at home, which will be consecrated by Pastors Drutchas and Schalm during the service.  The pre-wrapped communion cup and wafer distributed for communion on-site may also be picked up for home use through advance arrangements on Thursday or Friday with the church office (313-291-1221).

USHERS ARE NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES.  Please speak with a Deacon to volunteer or call the church office (313-291-1221).

LET’S CONTINUE TO REMEMBER WITH THANKS 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.