January 02, 2022 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Order of Worship
 Second Sunday of Christmas
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
 St. Paul United Church of Christ,
 Taylor, Michigan
 January 2, 2022



PRELUDE  ”Angels We Have Heard on High,” Sally Sigman



  The peace of Christ be with you…And also with you!


*HYMN No. 149  “Angels from the Realm of Glory”


PRAISE ANTHEM  “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

APOSTLES’ CREED  Mark Ennis and Congregation

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.  He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, and the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

HYMN  No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13; Mark 10:17-30, Barbara Schultz


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. 

MESSAGE  “The Dozen Days of Christmas,” Barbara Schultz

MORNING PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)  Mark Ennis

HYMN  “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (Insert)

BENEDICTION  Barbara Schultz

POSTLUDE  “Away in a Manger,” Sally Sigman




Our livestreamed 10 a.m. service can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  The recorded video is posted online on our church web site by early Sunday afternoon at <www.stpaulucctaylor.org> along with a downloadable order of service and the pastor’s message.

ELDERS BARBARA SCHULTZ AND MARK ENNIS lead this morning’s service along with Music Director Tracy Hoffman in the absence of Pastor Geoff Drutchas who had an inadvertent COVID exposure while visiting with his 91 year-old father-in-law in Washington, D.C., Our double-vaxed and boosted pastor is doing fine without symptoms and all COVID tests so far are negative.  But following church safety protocols and CDC guidelines, he will await five-day test results before resuming church activities.  He remains available by phone.  Thank you, Barb, Mark, and Tracy as we start the new year with your worship leadership.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN meet upstairs today in the large classroom for an “Outliving Christmas” lesson, then head to the I AM Theater.  Regardless of vaccination status, all children and adults are asked to mask up.

POINSETTIAS AVAILABLE - We have many beautiful poinsettias left over that are looking for a new home.  If you have a place for one (or more) please help yourself. All are free to take and share.

 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 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 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.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR will be held today in our Fellowship Hall with coffee and donuts served.  All welcome!  There will be no fellowship period on either January 9 or 16, but will resume on January 23.

NEXT WEEK’S EPIPHANY SUNDAY SERVICE WILL INCLUDE COMMUNION.  Please pick up your communion kits from the presiding elder and ushers as you arrive.  Those worship-ping at home and joining our livestreamed service are encouraged to make use of bread and juice from their home kitchens which will be consecrated with prayer along with all communion elements distributed for the sanctuary.  All adult, baptized Christians seeking to walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to commune.

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.

 THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO GIVE A LOVE OFFERING FOR IMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IN OXFORD, directly touched by the recent high school shooting. There is 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.”

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets tomorrow, January 3, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  While all current Bible Study members are vaccinated, the group masks up for everyone’s safety and well-being. All post-High School young adults are welcome and encouraged to join.

NO TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK but class resumes Tuesday, January 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, West Room.  All welcome.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, January 5, 10:30 a.m. in the West Room.

For more information, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.

IN LIEU OF THE WINTER WONDERLAND FAMILY FUN NIGHT scheduled for January 28 our Sunday School hour on January 30 will be a fun Winter Wonderland celebration.

ANNUAL SCRAPBOOK CROP returns Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  The $40 cost for the event includes your cropping space and three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  Volunteers, raffle and door prizes are needed and appreciated.  Please contact Debbie Case (debbiescase@aol.com) for more information.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Howard Wilson, Beverly Sitz, Marion Bolen, Vicki Simon, Bill Stears, Sally and Glen Sigman, Norman and Judy Kirsch, Stacy, Hayden, and Jacobe Forsyth, Loretta Kurtsel, Wayne Jones, Frankie Patterson, Jeff and Maria MacZink, Margo Charette, Mark Krause, Barb Gish, Sarah Kenosian, Bob Robinson, Joseph Smith, Jeffrey Britt, Jerry Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Dave Kulhanek, Clifford Board, John Kovach, Gunter Berndl, Sue Spears, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Bert Thompson, Mary and Darrell Smith, Yvonne Koster, Philip and Connie Linne Alberts, Bruce Vernor, Steve Matney, , Kristin Strawsine, Earl Shutt, Ryan Cox, Cody Van Hulle, Robert Gaither, Debbie Smitt, Dale Rose, Courtney Daoust, Ronald and Myrna Matthews, Jessica O’Choa, Kim Chichowicz, Sandy Newton, and Debra Stavros.  Condolences: Family of the late Betty Hagerty.