December 19, 2021 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Emmanuel Sunday - Fourth Advent Week
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
December 19, 2021



PRELUDE “One Candle is Lit,” Sally Sigman, Organist


INTROIT “Prepare the Way of the Lord,” Chancel Choir & Congregation


HYMN No. 164  “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”


ANTHEM  “Born Is Emmanuel,” Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


ANTHEM “A Carol for Advent,” Chancel Choir, Nancy Rabb, Flutist

SCRIPTURE  Isaiah 7:10-14; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 8:22-39 (selected verses)

HYMN No. 119  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

MESSAGE  “God With Us,” Pastor Drutchas

CHIMES ”Emmanuel, Emmanuel”

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)  

HYMN No. 143 “Joy to the World!“

BENEDICTION / POSTLUDE “How Great Our Joy!” Sally Sigman


Advent Antiphons (Responsive)

O Emmanuel, our King and giver of the law, the people await you, their Savior.

Come and save us, O Lord our God!

O Wisdom, you came from the lips of God most high, powerfully ordering all things.

Come teach us the way of prudence!

O Adonai and Leader of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush and at Sinai gave him the law:

Come with your outstretched arm to save us!

O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign to the peoples, before you kings are silent and Gentiles prayer with longing.

Come now and set us free!

O Key of David, you open and none can shut; you shut and none can open.

Come and lead out of the prison house the captives who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!

O Morning Star, you are splendor of eternal life; you are the dawning Sun of justice:

Come and save us!





WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE IN OUR SANCTUARY OR THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our livestreamed 10 a.m. service at 10 a.m. can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.
Both video and audio versions are posted online on our church web site by early Sunday afternoon at> along with a downloadable order of service and the pastor’s message.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will today 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.

DUE TO THE COVID SURGE that is swamping local hospitals, our congregation will be joining other churches asking members to mask during sanctuary worship services where social distancing is more difficult to maintain.  The masking request begins on Christmas Eve at the 4 p.m. service, and will continue through February 6 with a monthly review by the St. Paul Safety and Security team and Church Council.  The goal is to keep everyone safe and well during the Christmas and Epiphany seasons.  No masking is necessary for outdoor programs such as Living Nativity Service on Christmas Eve, 7 p.m., or for other indoor church activities where children are not present and social distancing is possible.  Your support and cooperation are appreciated.  Disposable masks are available from the deacons if you do not remember to bring one. 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND OUR CONGREGATION IS GETTING READY!  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.  Please mask for the 4 p.m. indoor service. 

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

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

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!

A LOVE OFFERING FOR IMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IN OXFORD, directly touched by the recent high school shooting, will be received through Sunday, January 2, with a separate narthex tithe box reserved for your gifts.  The love offering will be presented to the Oxford UCC congregation when members of the St. Paul Choir perform in its sanctuary on Sunday, January 9.  Your check can be made out to St. Paul Church but designated as “Immanuel Love Offering.”

THE YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets tomorrow, December 20, for 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.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Sally and Glen Sigman, Preston Romas, Bobby Romas, Anthony Staten, Wayne Jones, Frankie Patterson, Jeff and Maria MacZink, Margo Charette, Mark Krause, Barb Gish, Sarah Kenosian, Beverly Sitz, Bob Robinson, Joseph Smith, Jeffrey Britt, Jerry Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Loretta Kurtsel, Michelle and Steve Matney, Gunter and Sherrill Berndl, Sue Spears, Eleanor Rossi, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Bert Thompson, Debbie Smitt, Donna Kurtsel Lange, Earl Shutt, Cody Van Hulle, Courtney Daoust,  Elizabeth 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, Philip and Connie Linne Alberts, Bev Spices, Karen McMahan, Sandy Newton, and Debra Stavros. Condolences: Teri Staffeld on the sudden passing of her brother, Ken Frost.