July 05, 2020

Posted by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Order of Service

Fourth of July Weekend Service / Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
July 5, 2020


PRELUDE  “Whispering Hope,” Organist Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas


MORNING SCRIPTURE  Exodus 32:15-20; Mark 13:1-8, Pastor Cheryl Schalm

MESSAGE  “A Monumental Problem?” Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Eileen Vernor Drutchas


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

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” Tracy Hoffman

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes hath seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.  He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on!

R: Glory, glory, hallelujah, glory, glory, glory, hallelujah, glory, glory, hallelujah, His truth is marching on!”

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.  He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat.  Oh, be swift my soul to answer him, be jubilant my feet. Our God is marching on! R

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me.  As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on! R



WELCOME TO CONTINUING SANCTUARY SERVICES!  As Facebook livestreamed services continue, so do sanctuary services.  It’s no longer necessary to call in advance to let us know you’re coming.  However, for everyone’s safety we maintain all health-safe precautions, including masking and ushering.  A big thanks to our deacons, set-up crew, and ushers for today’s health-safe service!  Concerns or suggestions?  Please contact Pastor Geoff Drutchas or Council officers Michele McNeely, Tim Ruffner, Jim Poet, Dan Case, or Jane Dykowski.

THIS MORNING THE COMMUNION SACRAMENT is offered to all sanctuary worshippers utilizing individually pre-wrapped communion elements for those in the sanctuary.  The communion elements are also available to members who wish to follow the service in the west church parking lot over the radio (105.5 AM) from their cars.  Please look for the St. Paul elder who is distributing them car by car prior to the start of morning worship.  Those at home may also partake of communion using bread and juice from their own kitchen which will be consecrated by pastoral prayer at communion time.

THE LATEST SUNDAY SCHOOL BLOG can be found on the stpaulucctaylor.org website under the Christian Education tab.  Today’s lesson is about some hefty wind and waves. Pastor Schalm, who is assisting in this morning’s communion service at 10 a.m., will be leading class today via Zoom at 11:30 a.m.  All parents/Sunday School children interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by 11 a.m.

THEMES FOR UPCOMING, Bi-WEEKLY ALL-CHURCH VIDEOS will be “Weddings” (July 12) and “VBS/Church Picnics” (July 26).  Got photos to share on the ‘Rock Hard in Faith’ Facebook page?  Please send them to Pastor Cheryl Schalm by 7 p.m. Thursdays prior to our all-church Sunday postings.  Thank you for your past and continuing contributions which help us stay connected through the memories of great events and moments in our lives.

OUR TUESDAY MORNING ‘PARTY LINE’ BIBLE STUDY GROUP will—weather permitting--be meeting outside on the church green this week at 10:30 a.m., reading and discussing the Book of Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 21.  Please bring your own folding chair.  We will be social distancing.  If you like to join this group, please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY MEETS on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home.  All post high-schoolers are welcome and encouraged to join.

OUR CROSS-GENERATIONAL ‘ADOPT A GRANDPARENT’ PROGRAM continues through July.  Contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to participate in this great and fun mutual outreach.

BRAVO FOR YOU!  YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE WITH OUR LIVESTREAMED SERVICES is appreciated.  Last week’s livestreamed service from the St. Paul sanctuary had sound throughout but a frozen image during “message” time!  These technical problems were once again due to the limits of Facebook broadcasting-- unfortunately, not correctable from our St. Paul end.  As such problems arise week-to-week, church members are encouraged to listen to the audio that is posted on the St. Paul Church website or to download the printed Sunday sermon.  Our tech team remains committed to bringing the best quality livestreamed service to you possible under sometimes difficult circumstances.  Say a prayer and keep fingers crossed for a clear, uninterrupted livestreaming this morning!

‘BREAKING FREE’ WILL BE THE GATHERING THEME FOR OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER ST. PAUL 2020 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS).  While VBS will look a lot different this year as a safe home-based program, it will still be a great learning and growing opportunity for all St. Paul children and friends.  Provided in advance for pickup at church on July 13, will be a VBS packet that include all ‘Breaking Free” lessons for July 20-23, plus color materials, craft and activity projects, songs, and snack ideas.  Each online VBS session will offer a daily story/message.  St. Paul Music Director Tracy Hoffman will lead our young participants in a lively song.  Also joining the Zoom sessions, Ms. Sheri Herkimer and Ms. Deborah Case will be highlighting very special craft and snack ideas. Our VBS Zoom-based lessons will be welcoming a college basketball player, a professional soccer player, and an athletic trainer. Besides sharing pointers on playing their particular sport, each of these “Breaking Free “guests” will talk about the importance of faith amid life’s disappointments, hope despite setbacks, and value of patience and perseverance in coming back strong. We can look forward to a great time in faith together.  During VBS week, all Zoom lessons will be offered at 7:00 p.m.  Lesson packets will be prepared for Monday, July 13 pick-up only for those who enroll a full week ahead.  All families interested in participating should contact Pastor Schalm by July 6 at cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org or text/call her at 734.255.0935.

GODDARD ROAD RESURFACING CONTINUES.  Due to the concrete work underway one or more of three entrances to our St. Paul Church parking lot may be blocked and orange-coned.  Please look for the Goddard Road entrance(s) which remain open when coming to services or Bible study.

WE MAY NOT BE OPENING A LEMONADE STAND but at St. Paul we do know how to make something sweet from lemons.  Amid the afternoon traffic jams caused by the Goddard Road construction we are posting a daily message from scripture on our digital roadside sign.  Selected by sign-keeper Charlie Barnard and Pastor Geoff Drutchas, most of the brief one-sentence scriptural messages are directly from the pithy wisdom of King Solomon as found in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs.  As you come and go from church take note and enjoy!

THE SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING AND ALL-CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE COMBINED this year on Sunday, July 26.  Both the meeting and worship service will be held outdoors under a big-top tent with church members asked to bring their own lawn chairs.  Although the Semi-Annual meeting proceedings will be short, reports will be shared and a Church By-law revision resolution will be presented.  Pastors Geoff Drutchas and Cheryl Schalm will be leading the prior morning worship with church members maintaining responsible social distancing.  After the worship service and the final adjournment of the meeting, church members and friends will be joining in a “Tailgate Picnic.”  In lieu of a buffet, everyone will be asked to bring their own picnic meal.  Individually wrapped ice cream will be offered as part of this year’s ice cream social.  As presently planned, there will be music in the air, health-safe activities and, perhaps, the reappearance of the Clown Maybelle.  Church members and friends are encouraged to mark their calendars now for a mid-summer day for worship, meeting, and fun fellowship.

JUST A FRESH REMINDER ABOUT OUR ‘HEALTH-SAFE’ GUIDELINES FOR SANCTUARY SERVICES as we continue to do our part as a congregation to keep Covid-19 in check:

  • Attendance at the 10 a.m. Sunday morning service will be capped at 40 persons.
  • Attendees are asked to come early, beginning at 9:30 a.m., to maintain best “traffic flow.”
  • Only the main double front doors to the church will be used for coming and going.
  • Beyond the sanctuary, the rest of our church will remain closed to activity: no nursery or Sunday classes will be available on site.  Likewise, no coffee hour will follow the service.
  • The lavatory off the narthex near the front entrance to the sanctuary will be available with hand sanitizer and sanitizing hand-wipes available for pre-use and post-use clean-up.
  • The family room and balcony will be closed to all use, except for sound-techs assisting with worship.
  • There will be designated seating throughout the sanctuary to maintain requisite, consistent social distancing even as we come together.
  • Cushions, hymnals, and any printed literature have been removed from pews where church members will be seated to eliminate or minimize hand-to-surface contacts.
  • Ushers will be greeting worshippers outdoors and inside the sanctuary to both seat and dismiss  everyone, thereby maintaining best and safest traffic flow.
  • Couples and same household family members who arrive together will be seated together.  However, family members from different households are asked to maintain physical distancing even if in the same pew.
  • All attendees should mask and remain so throughout the service for everyone’s greater benefit.  (A cloth or disposable mask can be provided if you do not have one.)
  • Please bring hand-sanitizer for your personal use.
  • Sanctuary windows will be open to enhance ventilation, along with air conditioning and fans to boost air circulation.
  • Our Music Director Tracy Hoffman, Organist Sally Sigman, and selected choir members will be providing music for the service.  Although those in the pews may hum along with any hymns, there will be no congregational singing in the pews to minimize any health hazards.
  • In keeping our practice for all recent Facebook live-streamed broadcasts, our worship service will strive to maintain its half-hour plus format.

All of these health and safety precautions for Sunday services are very much in keeping with how many churches across the state and nation are thoughtfully seeking to reopen their doors to our shared life in Jesus Christ.  For all of us at St. Paul, there’s a learning curve: we’ve never had to coordinate services like this before.  As we go along, adjustments will undoubtedly be made.  Please be patient!  Also, we ask you to keep our congregation and our ministry leadership in your prayers as we look ahead and move forward as faithfully, safely, and creatively as possible.

A POPULAR QUESTION FOR THOSE ACCUSTOMED TO A MORNING OFFERING PLATE:  How do I make sure that St. Paul Church receives the tithes and offerings that I want to share?  In these complex times, the answer remains simple:

  • If you are attending the newly re-started sanctuary services, you may deposit your donation in the pedestal offering box at the center of the church narthex.
  • If you are following Sunday services livestreamed on Facebook, you may drop your check made out to St. Paul Church in the U.S. Mail. Although postal delivery has somewhat slowed, everything sent still finds its way to church.
  • Whether you are attending services in the sanctuary or on Facebook,  your best,  most convenient option may be electronic giving. You’ll find an easy 1-2-3 guide to electronic giving enrollment on the St. Paul Church web site.  Treasurer Dan Case is also available to walk you through sign-up.

For any questions about donations, please call the church office, Monday through Friday.  As we maintain our church ministry in this difficult time for us all, all your prayers and financial support are appreciated.  At St. Paul we are simply encouraged to give and share as we are able. Thank you.

LARGE PRINT ‘DAILY BREAD’ DEVOTIONALS FOR JUNE-AUGUST 2020 are still available to St. Church members.  Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) to make arrangements to pick up a copy.  Pastor Drutchas and Parish Nurse Kathy Williams can also drop off this most recent devotional offering scripture readings and daily prayer for use at home.

THROUGHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK OUR MINISTRY TOGETHER CONTINUES.  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm, as well as Parish Nurse Kathy Williams, are still not able to visit hospitals and nursing homes consistently as because of precautionary lock-downs at all medical and rehab facilities and restricted or limited access.  But they are delivering masks and other items to households as needed on a front-porch, drop-off basis.  Day-by-day our pastoral staff also remain in touch with church members through Facebook, the church web site, and one-on-one telephone calls.  Please let your pastoral staff know by telephone, text, or email about any specials needs that have arisen for yourself or your family where your church family can be helpful.  Pastor Geoff continues at his church office every day and can be reached there on the church telephone line.  If he’s on another call at that moment, he will return your call at his earlier opportunity.  Meanwhile, as part of our ministry together, you are also encouraged to reach out to fellow church members through personal phone calls and mailed cards.  It is important that we remind each other that we are not alone but part of true network and care-ring of faith.

PROVIDING 24/7 SERVICES TO HOMELESS MEN AND WOMEN DURING THE PANDEMIC, ChristNet needs your help in providing breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for 20+ ChristNet guests.  Individually wrapped breakfast, lunch, and snack items, including breakfast cereal boxes and bowls, muffins or pastries, puddings, juice boxes, and small cans of soda, are especially appreciated.   Also donations of liquid Tide are welcomed: guests launder their clothes on site using an available washer and dryer.  All donations can be dropped off at the rear of Fellowship Hall for delivery to the ChristNet center.  Please contact Pastor Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221) to drop off items.

THE FISH & LOAVES PANTRY REMAINS IN NEED OF YOUNGER VOLUNTEERS who can help with food unloading, sorting, and shelving on Mondays and Fridays, 7:30-10 a.m., plus enrollment and drive-thru distribution to clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Due to the pandemic, all food is being individually packed for clients with all social distancing precautions taken.  Also, new client enrollment and appointment scheduling is by telephone only.  To volunteer, please contact the Fish & Loaves via web site or by calling 313-992-6284. For more information, you may also call Pastor Geoff Drutchas at the church office (313-291-1221).

OUR ROSE ON THE PULPIT this morning celebrates the arrival of James Douglas Phipps on June 28, 2020.  His mother is Laura Staffeld Phipps and St. Paul grandparents are Janet and Douglas Staffeld. 

LET’S PRAY FOR THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES as police officers, nurses, physicians, medical staff, EMS workers, and firemen during the ongoing pandemic.  We want to especially remember church members and friends: Kim Arndt, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Rick Barnosky, Jennifer Babin, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Ciera Mack, Marcie Magnuson, Sam Martin, Michelle Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler.

MAY WE KEEP IN PRAYER the following church members and friends: Darlene Babin, Ann Schmoekel, Tom Williams, Julius Enesey, Bettie Slusher, Shirlen Powell, Frank Patterson, the Bolen family, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Harold Fick,  Sheryl Schwab, Kyle Hard, John Sharp, Bob Smarr, Doreen Thompson, Cassidy (Wangbickler) Congelierre, Kari Cappello, and last week’s newborn Joseph James Cappello.  (Mother and baby are doing fine—dad too!)