February 21, 2021

First Sunday of Lent - Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
February 21, 2021


PRELUDE   Organist, Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Pastor Drutchas

CHIMES “Jesus Lives and So Shall I”

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Micah 6:8; Matthew 9:9-12, Pastor Drutchas


ANTHEM  “For All the Saints” (without alleluias), Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE  “Loving Our Levi’s, Despite the Fit,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

ANTHEM “Amazing Grace,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


  Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.    

  We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.  We have offended against

  your holy laws.  We have left undone those things which ought to be done, and we have done those  

  things which we ought not to have done.  But you, O Lord, are merciful.  Spare us, O God, as we

  confess our faults.  Restore us in our penitence according to your promises declared unto  

  humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.  And grant, O most merciful God, for Jesus’ sake, that we

  may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.  


  One bread, one body, one Lord of all; one cup of blessing which we bless.

  And we, thou many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord!

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Pastors Drutchas and Schalm


  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.



AT THE CLOSE OF THIS MORNING’S SERVICE, please remain seated until dismissed from your pew by an usher as a safety precaution for everyone’s benefit.  Thank you!

THIS LENT JOIN THE ‘HAPPINESS CHALLENGE’ OF OUR ST. YOUTH, contemplating and acting on these Christian truths: …It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) …It is better to forgive than to hold a grudge…It is better to build up than to tear down …It is better to include than to exclude .…It is better to seek to understand than to disregard. …It is better to love than to hate.




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 AN ‘OPEN’ COMMUNION THIS 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 this morning via Facebook. All elements will be consecrated by 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.  There will additionally be a Wednesday evening “Faith & Fitness” zoom series, 7- 8 p.m., based on the “Jerusalem Walk” devotionals.   It’s a great way to connect, fellowship, and grow in faith with fellow St. Paul member throughout the six week Lenten season.  Watch for these special upcoming Lenten devotionals prepared and shared by St. Paul “team” Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm; Parish Nurse Kathy Williams; Michele McNeely; Tim Ruffner; Dee Salsbury; Gary Peters, and Dan Case.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING IS FELLOWSHIP HALL with masking and social distancing for safety. Starting today our Sunday School will be embarking upon a five week Lenten series, Walk in His Shoes.  This morning the Sunday School children will be stomping in their shoes as they play a game, witness a live drama on “The Prodigal Daughters (we only have female teachers), and create their own kindness coupons. The lesson has also been posted to the St. Paul website Christian Education Blog.

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.

OUR YOUTH FELLOWSHIP & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY GROUPS ARE EMBARKING ON A LENTEN ‘HAPPINESS CHALLENGE’ seeking to alter the joy level of a hundred people over the next 40 days.  We will intentionally put into practice the “love one another” commandments, taking extra time to pray for people, serve more, practice patience, and bring the best out in people.  Each participant is encouraged to keep a journal describing the encounters and what they did.  At the end of 40 days, we will evaluate how we and our little piece of the world are now different.

A HEART-FELT ‘THANK YOU’ FROM OUR ROCK HARD IN FAITH FELLOWSHIP to Sunday School children, Sharon Leonard, Angel & Cali Staten, Katie & Meredith Stull, and Emily Pedersen for baking cookies and pretzels and making cards.  Over $400 dollars was raised for youth fellowship and lots of goodies and cards were delivered on February 14th to Applewood (Symphony) Nursing Center residents.  You ROCK!!

ALL YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN this year’s home-based “2021” Thirty Hour Famine, beginning March 12 at midnight with materials provided in advance.  The group will then (following pandemic protocols) serve at Cass Social Services on March 13.  All pledge monies raised will help eradicate world hunger. Interested in participating?  Contact Pastor Schalm by February 27.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Norma Medrano-Kane, Dave Lange, Tom Williams, Gerri Lyn King, Melissa Winter, Kim Beyar, John Smith, Rose Marie Laslo, Eleanor Rossi, Neil MacEachern, Margo Charette, Shirley Havenstein, Bob Barley, Kyle Hard, Joseph Smith, Bill McGahey, John Smith, Wayne Jones, Oren Forsyth, Kirk Blanchard, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Judy Nieman, Sheryl Schwab, Christie Smart, Marcie Bolen, Loretta Kurtsel, Maria MacZink, Bob Wright, James Natzke, Michael DePugh  Condolences to Shirlen Powell’s family on her passing last Sunday morning.

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

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PICK UP YOUR 2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES 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.

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 Barla