August 8, 2021 – Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost – Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship

Order of Service
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
August 08, 2021



PRELUDE “Let the Whole Creation Cry,” Sally Sigman



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

OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Ralph Brown, Guest Minister

HYMN “I Love Your Church, God” (Song Sheet)


HYMN  “There is a Balm in Gilead” (Song Sheet)

MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Kings 19:4-8, Psalm 130 and John 6:35, 41-51

PRAISE ANTHEM “It is Well with My Soul,” Mark and Sandy Ennis, Duet

MESSAGE “Eating the Bread of Heaven,” Reverend Ralph Brown


HYMN “Wonderful Words of Life“  (Song Sheet)


FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Sheryl Schwab, Murl Nieman, Brenda Tank, Nancy Walker, Margo Charette, Alice Nagy, John Caufield, Sue Spears, Kyle Hard, Glen Sigman, Jim Fraser, Diane Wickline, Bob Smarr, Sue Stern, Joe Smith, 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, Bert Thompson, Loretta Kurtsel, Dick Milatz, Eric Hagen, Darryl Smith, Philip Smith, Dale Rose, Nicole Wangbickler, Gunnar Theisen.

Happy Birthday: Frank Wolfram, Michelle Matney


“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)





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 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.  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.  During the Sunday School hour children will meet Deborah, perhaps the greatest prophetess in Israel’s history.  They will discover how God uses all people, regardless of gender or color to spread his Word and love.  Sunday School teacher Pastor Schalm 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. This morning the Reverend Ralph Brown, former administrator for the Evangelical Homes of Michigan and pastor at Hope United Church of Christ in Fraser, is “guesting” our pulpit. Pastor Cheryl Schalm preaches and leads worship on Sunday, August 22.    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 Brown and Schalm 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!

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

YOUTH TO SERVE AT SALVATION ARMY.  Our St. Paul Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will have an opportunity to become “sandwich artists,” preparing sandwiches at the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Southfield, Thursday August 19, 12 noon-3 p.m., to be served from Bed & Bread Club trucks.  The trucks travel multiple routes and make 57 stops to feed the hungry 365 days a year.  Please note: Our youth will only be preparing sandwiches, not traveling on the trucks.  Closed toe shoes and mask are required for safety.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to participate.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY for post-high school students meets this coming Wednesday, August 11, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  All youth invited to join.  Contact Pastor Schalm for more information. 

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.

CPR TRAINING CLASSES are scheduled for August 16 & 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS CONTINUES on Wednesday, August 11, 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.