January 09, 2022 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

First Sunday of Epiphany

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
January 9, 2022



PRELUDE  “The Gift of Love,” Organist, Sally Sigman


*HYMN No. 144 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


CHIME RESPONSE  “Lovely Star in the Sky”

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

ANTHEM  “This is a Day of New Beginnings”

EPIPHANY LESSONS Psalm 72:1-19; Matthew 2:1-12

*HYMN No. 158  “Her Baby, Newly Breathing”

MESSAGE  “The Wise Men Cometh,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 172  “We Three Kings” (Verses 1, 5)



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.  

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.






WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE IN OUR SANCTUARY OR THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our livestreamed 10 a.m. service can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  The recorded video is posted on our church website by early Sunday afternoon along with an Order of Service, Morning Tide Announcements and the pastor’s message.

TODAY’S EPIPHANY SERVICE INCLUDES COMMUNION.  Please pick up your communion kits from the presiding elder and ushers as you arrive.  Those worshipping 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.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC for discussion this morning is “New Year, New Hope.”  Each new day is a day to be celebrated. It is a gift from God full of new opportunities and new starts. After lesson the children will be making snowflakes adorned with their hopes and wishes for the New Year. The snowflakes will be hung throughout the Christian Education wing. Regardless of vaccination status, all children and adults are asked to mask up.

IN LIEU OF THE WINTER WONDERLAND FAMILY FUN NIGHT scheduled for January 28 the Sunday School will be holding a Winter Blast party for all Sunday School children during the Sunday School hour on January 30th. During the hour, children will decorate cookies, make s’mores and a winter craft to take home. Children are invited to wear their favorite winter attire for a winter picture next to the gigantic snowman. All children must wear a mask and will have their own personal supply of items needed for activities.

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.

THERE IS NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR TODAY OR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 16. Fellowship period resumes on January 23. All welcome!

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.

THE YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets tomorrow, January 10, 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.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY resumes Tuesday, January 11, 10:30 – 12 noon, West Room.  All welcome.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, January 12, 10:30 a.m. in the West Room.
For more information, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams.

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: Dan Case, Diane Sturgeon, Howard Wilson, Beverly Sitz, Marion Bolen, James Block, 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, Bob Robinson, Joseph Smith, Jeffrey Britt, Jerry Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Dave Kulhanek, Clifford Board, John Kovach, Philip and Connie Linne Alberts, Bruce Vernor, Steve Matney, Gunter Berndl, Cheryl Smith, Sue Spears, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Bert Thompson, Peggy Tunesi, Kristin Strawsine, Earl Shutt, Richard Sherman, Jr., Tammi Sherman, Jeff Kasher, Ryan Cox, Yvonne Koster, 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.