December 27, 2020

First Sunday of Christmas
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Livestreamed Worship - December 27, 2020


PRELUDE  “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” Organist, Sally Sigman




Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

ANTHEM “Away in a Manger,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director, and Pastor Drutchas

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas


CHIME RESPONSE “Down to Earth”


ANTHEM  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

MESSAGE  “In Dark Streets Shineth,” Pastor Drutchas


CAROL MEDLEY  “Tracy’s Top Three,”  Tracy Hoffman



- O Little Town of Bethlehem-


  1. O Little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

the silent stars go by.  Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;

the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


  1. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep

their watch of wondering love.  O Morning stars together proclaim the holy birth.

Your voices raise to God in praise; and peace to all on earth.


  1. How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given. So God imparts to human hearts

the joys of highest heaven.  No ear may hear Christ coming, but in this world of sin,

where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.


  1. O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; cast out our sins and enter in,

be born in us today.  We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us, our God, Emmanuel.



St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
December 27, 2020


THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US from home via Facebook.  Our livestreamed service can be viewed at other times on Facebook as well.  An audio version is also posted each week online. Printed copies of the Sunday order of service and sermon can be downloaded from the St. Paul Church web site.

ON SITE SERVICES IN OUR CHURCH SANCTUARY RESUME NEXT SUNDAY, January 3, 10 a.m. and will continue in the New Year.  Christian education classes for children and youth will meet at the same time in Fellowship Hall.  Likewise our Confirmation Class for 8th and 9th graders, led by Pastor Drutchas, will return on site, Wednesday nights, 7-8 p.m. making use the upstairs West Room.  To help ensure everyone’s safety masking, social distancing, and ushering will be maintained for all worship services and on site activities as well.  For those unable to attend sanctuary worship, the service will continue to be livestreamed.

OUR ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION IS BEING RESCHEDULED to the last Sunday of next month, January 31, immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service.  You participation is encouraged.  A 2020 final report will be shared, and the gathered quorum will vote for a 2021 unified budget and a slate of new Council officers.  Council nominees include Dave Lange (Second Vice President); Beverly Gunther (Secretary); Barbara Schultz (Elder), Jennifer Ruffner (Deacon), and Fred Miller (Trustee).  All offices are for three year terms.  The proposed budget was mailed to all church members with an accompanying letter from incoming president Tim Ruffner.

YOUR SUPPORTIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO ST. PAUL CHURCH AND ITS MINISTRY are appreciated.  Your gifts can be deposited in the standing tithe box in the narthex or outdoors church steps, or returned to the church via mail or electronic giving.

CHRISTMAS FUND ‘VETERANS OF THE CROSS’ OFFERING for Retired UCC Clergy and Lay Persons will be received tonight and this coming Sunday.  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.  If you receive your Tidings via U.S. Mail, an offering envelope was included in the December Tidings.  If you receive the Tidings by email, directions for giving “on-line” are part of this special offering article.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, God Bless you, Merry Christmas, and Thank you.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Joseph Smith, Mary Fairemouth, Lin Hogan, John Smith, Dan and Kathy Galeski, Morgan Schalm, James Nault, Larry Kurtsel,  Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Gerri Lynn King, Oren Forsyth, Bob Barley, Arnold Knofske, Dave Kulhanek, Shirlen Powell, Darlene Babin, Ciera Mack, Kirk Blanchard, Ollie Hilliker, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Debbie Case, Dianne Sturgeon, George Koster, Bert Thompson, Kyle Hard, Helen St. Louis, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Sheryl Schwab, Kim Beyar, Richard Janztsen, Bruce Vernor, Marcie Bolen, Loretta Kurtsel, Dawn Sturgeon Anderson, Jeffrey and Maria MacZink, Frank Woody, Bob Wright, Rick Thie, Mike Tank family.  Condolences: To Loralee Wilson on the passing of her brother Alvin Dunning; to Don Mack on the passing of his father, Frank Woody; and to the family of Shirley Rohr.  Her funeral service will be held at the Querfeld Funeral Home, Dearborn, Tuesday, 1 p.m.

REMEMBER THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES: Tricia Nault, Rick Barnosky, Sam Martin, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, Michelle Mellin, Lexi Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Jarod MacZink, Natalie Mack, Kim Arndt, Jennifer Babin, Mike Erickson, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Marcie Magnuson, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage



Christmas Season 2020
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor


A Poinsettia Prayer…

O God, may the red leaf-blossoms of each poinsettia, placed in our chancel to honor and remember loved ones, recall for us no less preciously the points of the many-pointed star that shone so brightly over the Bethlehem manger of Jesus Christ, beckoning angels, shepherds, and wise-men kings alike to adore the Savior of the World.  We thank you also for the beauty of these red flowers that offer another glimpse of the beauty of God’s creation shared with us as a gift.  Amen.

In this Christmas Season the following are remembered and honored with the poinsettias placed in the chancel of St. Paul United Church of Christ, for Christmas Season services:




  • In honor of Helen St. Louis’ 90th birthday from Deborah & Daniel Case
  • In remembrance of Gaston St. Louis, Aaron St. Louis, Ethel St. Louis & Patricia Kimes from Charlie & Marjie Barnard
  • In remembrance of Stan & Marge Barnard & Shirley Barnard from Charlie & Marjie Barnard
  • In remembrance of Jim Pattenaude’s birthday from his family
  • In remembrance of Gail L. Holland from James Fraser – ‘I love you,’ Jim
  • In remembrance of Viola V. Holland from James Fraser - ‘God Bless you,’ Jim
  • Arthur Wangbickler, husband & father, from Grace & Wanda Wangbickler
  • In remembrance of Dale Case from Deborah & Daniel Case
  • In remembrance of Royce & Annabelle Medley from Deborah & Daniel Case
  • In remembrance of Harold & Janet McNeely and Edward Davie from Michele McNeely
  • In remembrance of Justin Staffeld from Teri Staffeld