February 14, 2021

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
February 14, 2021


PRELUDE
 “They’ll Know We Are Christians,” Organist, Sally Sigman

WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING / RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

CALL TO WORSHIP / PASSING OF THE PEACE

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you. / Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM “The Gift of Love,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 4-8, 13; John 13:34-35

CHIMES  “Jesus Loves Me!”

MESSAGE  “For God So Loved the World,” Pastor Drutchas

MORNING PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM “Fill the World with Love,” Tracy Hoffman and Pastor Drutchas

BENEDICTION

 

Fill the World with Love

With the vision in our minds of how the world could be, and the fullness of our hearts

from the suffering we see; when we make all that we are and have part of God’s destiny,

we can fill the world with love, we can fill the world with love.

All the people in this world living lives of pain and fear, crying out into the night,

wond’ring when someone will hear; while there are so many others having so much they can share,

can we fill the world with love; can we fill the world with love?

We whose spirits long to share, long to comfort and to heal, know that when we act alone,

hope is difficult to feel; but together as we labor God’s compassion to reveal,

we will fill the world with love, we will fill the world with love.

Let us hesitate no longer in our doubt and our dismay; there’s a pow’r at work within us

that has promised a new day. And the time will surely come, it will not be long delayed

when God fills the world love, when God fills the world with love.

 


 

MORNING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or from home via Facebook. Both the order of service and sermon can be downloaded in advance from the St. Paul Church web site.  Our livestreamed service can be viewed at later times on Facebook, or viewed online, posted Sunday afternoon.

WE CELEBRATE COMMUNION NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FOR THE START OF THE LENTEN SEASON with elements distributed before worship by ushers or with bread and juice from home kitchens for worshippers participating via Facebook. All elements will be consecrated by prayer.

OUR ASH WEDNESDAY ‘DESERT CHRISTIAN’ SERVICE GATHERS THIS COMING WEDNESDAY AT
7 P.M. BUT WILL ALSO BE LIVESTREAMED.  The service will recall Jesus’ 40 days and nights in the Judean wilderness and the testimony of early Christians who also retreated to the desert to pray and meditate on their salvation in Christ.  Ashes will be distributed in small packets for self-administration and are available to church members throughout the day.  Please call Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221/313-319-1759) to arrange for ashes with prayer.

AS THE LENTEN SEASON BEGINS A NEW ‘JERUSALEM WALK’ GETS UNDERWAY with emailed devotionals offering scripture, prayers, and fitness advice to keep healthy and active in this time when we’re more homebound than usual and not getting our usual exercise.  Watch for these special upcoming Lenten devotionals prepared by St. Paul “team” Pastor Geoff Drutchas, Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, Michele McNeely, and Tim Ruffner.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING IN FELLOWSHIP HALL with masking and social distancing for safety.  For today’s lesson children will be learning the difference between a light (healthy) and heavy (unhealthy) heart.  Through hands-on activities and presentations our participating youth will gain a better understanding of what it means to lighten the load of another.  The lesson is also posted to the Christian Education Blog on our church web site.

IN LIEU OF THE ANNUAL ARC VALENTINE DINNER DANCE the Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will be making valentine cards and cookies for drop-off to the Applewood Nursing Center this morning, February 14.  All cards and baked goods should be dropped at the church by 11:00 a.m. today.  Items will be taken to Applewood for distribution by staff to residents.

OUR YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY JOINS FOR WEEKLY IN-PERSON MEETINGS at Pastor Cheryl Schalm’s house, Wednesday, 7 p.m.  All post-high school young adults are invited. 

OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP AT CHURCH.  Please call the church office (313-291-1221) to arrange for curbside delivery at west entrance.  Your supportive gifts to St. Paul Church and our ministry together are appreciated.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR OUR SIX DRIVE-THRU LENTEN FISH SUPPERS six Drive-Thru on Fridays, February 26; March 5, 12, 19, and 26; and April 2.  Masks, gloves, and social distancing will be maintained for all of these activities to keep us safe.  Call the office or speak with First Vice President Jim Poet to volunteer.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Melissa Winter, Rose Marie Laslo, Eleanor Rossi, Neil MacEachern, Margo Charette, Gerri Lynn King, Shirley Havenstein, Brent Kuhn, Robert Black, Clifford Board, Jim Block, Bob Barley, Kyle Hard, Joseph Smith, Bill McGahey, John Smith, Wayne Jones, Gerri Lynn King, Oren Forsyth, Arnold Knofske, Dave Kulhanek, Shirlen Powell, Ciera Mack, Kirk Blanchard, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Dianne Sturgeon, Bert Thompson, Judy Nieman, Sheryl Schwab, Kim Beyar, Richard Janztsen, Bruce Vernor, Marcie Bolen, Loretta Kurtsel, Dawn Sturgeon Anderson, Maria MacZink, Bob Wright, James Natzke.

REMEMBER 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.