February 28, 2021

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
February 28, 2021


PRELUDE  “O God of Earth and Altar,” Organist, Sally Sigman



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

OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas


ANTHEM “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Isaiah 43:22-25; 1 Peter 3:8-9

CHIMES  “If You Will Trust in God to Guide You”

GOSPEL READING  Matthew 18-15-17, 21-22  (with Amens)

MESSAGE  “Route 490: The Way Out (and Forward),” Pastor Drutchas


LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM “Trust and Obey,” Tracy Hoffman and Pastor Drutchas



Trust and Obey

When we walk in the Lord with the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way!

While we do his good will, he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he will richly repay;

not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. R

But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar we lay;

for the favor he shows, for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. R

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his side in the way;

what he says we will do, where he sends we will go, never fear, only trust and obey. R





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.

DURING THIS LENTEN SEASON A NEW ‘JERUSALEM WALK’ IS 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 members 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 IN FELLOWSHIP HALL with masking and social distancing for safety.  Today, the Sunday School children continue our five week Lenten series, Walk in His Shoes with an opportunity to be a “Good Samaritan.” Through the lesson and hands-on activities they will experience what it means to be a modern day, good citizen.  Today’s 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, 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. It’s not too late to partake!  Take some extra time to pray for people, to serve more, to practice patience and to bring the best out in people.

THIS YEAR’S HOME-BASED ’30 HOUR FAMINE’ BEGINS MIDNIGHT, MARCH 12.  All youth/young adults are invited to join, using materials provided in advance.  On Saturday, March 13, our group will head to Cass Social Services in Detroit to help with mission work there with all pandemic protocols maintained.  Through pledges made by families, friends, and church members our youth will be raising funds to combat and eradicate global hunger.  Church members making donations by mail or narthex tithe box should designate them for the ‘Thirty Hour Famine.’ Youth interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm no later than today, February 28.

NO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY.  But gatherings resume the following Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at Pastor Cheryl Schalm’s house Wednesdays, 7 p.m.  All post-High School young adults are invited and encouraged to join. 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Judy Nieman, Bob Smarr, Glen Sigman, Norma Medrano-Kane, Dave Lange, Tom Williams, Gerri Lyn King, Melissa Winter, Bob Robinson, 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, Sheryl Schwab, Christie Smart, Marcie Bolen, Loretta Kurtsel, Maria MacZink, Bob Wright, James Natzke, and Michael DePugh.

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

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.