December 12, 2021 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Festival of Lessons & Carols
Third Advent Sunday
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Service
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
December 12, 2021


PRELUDE  “Fill the World With Love,” Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist


INVOCATION  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

 INTROIT  “Love Came Down at Christmas,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


*HYMN No. 125  “Come, O Long-Expected Jesus”

MESSAGE: “A Time for Angels,” Pastor Drutchas

CHIMES “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”


FIRST LESSON: “The Lord Will Be Your Light” -- Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

      HYMN  No. 150  “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!” (Verses 1,3)

SECOND LESSON: “The Birth of John Foretold” -- Luke 1:5-13, 23-24

      HYMN  No. 149  “Angels from the Realm of Glory” (Verses 1,4)

THIRD LESSON: “The Birth of Jesus Foretold” --Luke 1:26-38

      HYMN  No. 155 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Verses 1,3,4)

FOURTH LESSON: “Mary Visits Elizabeth”--Luke 1:39-45

      HYMN No. 184  “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly” (Verses 1,3)

      FIFTH LESSON: “The Birth of John the Baptist”--Luke 1:57-66

      HYMN  No. 146  “From Heaven Above” (Verses 1-4)

SIXTH LESSON: “The Birth of Jesus Our Savior”--Luke 2:1-6

      HYMN  No. 165  “Once in Royal David’s City” (Verses 1-2)

SEVENTH LESSON:  “Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son”--Matthew 1:18-25

      HYMN No. 170  “How Great Our Joy!” (Verses 1-3)

EIGHTH LESSON: “Angels Announce Jesus’ Blessed Birth”--Luke 2:8-14

      HYMN  No. No. 153 “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (Verses 1,2,4)

NINTH LESSON: “Jesus is God’s Word Made Flesh”--John 1:14-18


    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!


*CLOSING HYMN No. 167 “Go Tell It on the Mountain” 

*BENEDICTION / POSTLUDE “Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,” Sally Sigman





THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or via Facebook livestreamed.  Our 10 a.m. service will also be posted on the St. Paul church web site under “Sermons, Bulletins, and Audio Services.”  As we worship today, 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!

FELLOWSHIP HOUR will be held today in our Fellowship Hall with coffee and donuts served.  All welcome!

ALTAR FLOWERS are in honor of Jim Pattenaude’s 81st birthday from his loving wife, Cleora, and sons Bill and Ken.

LOVELY CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS grace our sanctuary this morning.  A roster of dedications will be published in the Christmas Eve bulletin and posted online for the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Thank you to Jim Poet for the pick-up and delivery and to Sue Mrowka and Sandi Rose for Chancel placement.

OUR LECTORS FOR THIS MORNING’S ‘FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS,’ celebrating the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, and all God’s angels who announced God’s intentions and plans for humankind’s salvation, are Marjie Barnard, Eileen Vernor Drutchas, and Pastor Drutchas.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will together share this morning in a wonderful story, “The Pageant of Animals,” then put final touches on their parents’ Christmas gifts. Next Sunday, December 19, our children will view a short “Christmas Story” video, followed by a visit from Old St. Nick himself.  After class, Sunday School participants for the “Living Nativity” Christmas Eve Pageant will be briefly rehearsing outside.

SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL TAKE A POST-CHRISTMAS BREAK.  With Pastor Cheryl Schalm leading sanctuary worship on Sunday, December 26 and many families absent due to Christmas season gatherings, there will be no Sunday School on December 26.  But class resumes the following week, Sunday, January 2.  The St. Paul Church School staff looks forward to the children’s return with the start of an exciting new calendar year.

THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO DROP OFF ALL TAGGED, UNWRAPPED ‘ANGEL TREE’ GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED with delivery scheduled for tomorrow.  Deposit your gifts, as well as donations of hats, gloves, scarves and undergarments for the Salvation Army’s ‘Family in Need’ Gift Shop, in the one of narthex bins.  Thank you for blessing the lives of area children and making this Christmas a happier one for them and their families.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND OUR CONGREGATION IS GETTING READY!  Next Sunday, December 19, is our “Emmanuel Service,” rejoicing in the prophecies of Christ’s coming.  On Friday, December 24, we gather for two Christmas Eve Services at 4 and 7 p.m.  While our 4 p.m. service will be celebrated in our beautifully decorated sanctuary, the 7 p.m. “Living Nativity” Service will be (weather permitting) held outdoors on the front lawn with our children performing their annual Christmas pageant with live barnyard animals.  Please dress warmly and bring a comfortable folding chair for the outdoor service.  At both services we encourage appropriate social distancing and masking for those not vaccinated.

THE CHRISTMAS FUND ‘VETERANS OF THE CROSS’ OFFERING for Retired UCC Clergy and Lay Persons will be received throughout December. This offering provides “Thank You” gift checks directly to individual retired UCC clergy and lay church employees who find themselves facing unforeseen financial needs. Your generosity is a way of showing your support for these faithful servants of God.  Donate online at UCC Christmas Fund,, or via the offering envelope included with your mailed December Tidings. On behalf of St. Paul’s Stewardship Team, thanks and God bless you!

 THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION, approving a new budget and electing new Council members, is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2022, following the morning worship service.  Please mark your calendars now for this important meeting.  A copy of the proposed 2022 unified budget is being mailed to all St. Paul households in the coming weeks.

THE YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets at Pastor Schalm’s home on Monday evenings, 7 p.m., reading and discussing the New Testament Book of Revelation.  On December 20 they will share in a Christmas celebration together.  While all current Bible Study members are vaccinated, the group masks up for everyone’s safety and well-being. In Pastor Schalm’s words: “We want to do our part to ensure that the gifts we give at our Christmas gatherings are welcomed ones; and more importantly, given with love.” All post-High School young adults are welcome and encouraged to join.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesday, December 14, 10:30-12 noon in the West Room, reading and discussing Paul’s Letter to the Philippians—lesson provided.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, December 15, 10:30 a.m., West Room. For more information: Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

THE ANNUAL SCRAPBOOK CROP returns on Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.  The $40 cost for the event includes your cropping space and three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  Vendors, make-and-takes, demos, and raffles add to the excitement.  Non-scrapbookers are also invited to check out the vendors on hand that day. New vendors to the event are always welcomed: please let us know if you have any vendors to recommend for invitation.  Also appreciated by our CROP coordinators are donated raffle and door prizes, plus volunteers to help host the event. This is a big fundraiser for BOF and the Christian Education Ministries. Please contact Debbie Case ( for more information.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Glen and Sally Sigman, Loretta Kurtsel, Wayne Jones, Frankie Patterson, Jeff and Maria MacZink, Margo Charette, Mark Krause, Barb Gish, Sarah Kenosian, Fred Block, Beverly Sitz, Bob Robinson, Joseph Smith, Jeffrey Britt, Jerry Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Philip and Connie Linne Alberts, Michelle and Steve Matney, Gunter and Sherrill Berndl, Sue Spears, Eleanor Rossi, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Bert Thompson, Earl Shutt, Cody Van Hulle, Alexander, Robert Gaither, Ronald and Myrna Matthews, Jessica O’Choa, Dale Rose, Lori Rose, Kim Chichowicz, Bridget Cichowicz, Ryan Przysiecki, Leon Kroeger, Daisy Stedman, Jamie Helton, Sharon Bruck, Bev Spices, Karen McMahan, Sandy Newton, George Fradl, and Debra Stavros.