June 27, 2021 – Sixth Sunday of Pentecost – Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ
Taylor, Michigan
June 27, 2021


PRELUDE  “Christians We Have Met to Worship,” Organist, Sally Sigman




Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

SOLO RESPONSE  “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Matthew 18:18-20

RESPONSIVE READING (Psalm 118, adapted)

Leader:  Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of God.
Congregation: Happy are those who keep God’s decrees, who seek God with their whole heart.
Leader: Who do no wrong, but walk in the ways of God.                                                                                                                        Congregation: You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping with your statutes!
Leader: Then I shall not be put to shame having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
Congregation: I will observe your statutes… I will praise you with an upright heart! 

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” (see back cover)

MESSAGE  “We Are Not Islands,” Pastor Drutchas

SOLO ANTHEM  “He Touched Me,”  Mark Ennis


CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”  (see back cover)

BENEDICTION  Pastor Drutchas

POSTLUDE  “Ours the Journey,” Sally Sigman




THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or via Facebook livestreamed Sunday, 10 a.m. Services are later posted on the St. Paul church web site under “Sermons, Bulletins, and Audio Services.”  In worshiping indoors, please continue to mask if not vaccinated and at the service’s close wait for ushers to dismiss you from your pew.  Weather permitting, we return to worship outdoors next week under the tent with social distancing but with masking optional.  Our congregation’s goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe.  Thanks!

A COFFEE HOUR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS THIS MORNING’S SERVICE.  Coffee, donuts, and other refreshments are served from the coffee station set up on the back patio outside the West Room.  Enjoy coffee and conversation this morning with your fellow worshippers. 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING in our air-conditioned upstairs classroom, 10 a.m., sharing games, drama, and hands-on activities with their morning lesson.

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL POST-HIGH SCHOOL GRADS MEETS WEDNESDAYS, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home, studying and discussing scripture on ways to confront chaos and anxiety.  Come join for discussion, fellowship and refreshments.  No prior knowledge of scripture needed.  We all learn and grow together.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY MEETS THIS COMING WEEK, June 29, 10:30-12 noon, under the outdoor tent, reading and studying Second Letter Corinthians. Lesson provided-all welcome.

THE SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION will be held on the second Sunday of next month, July 11, 10 a.m.

ST. PAUL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPCOMING JULY 19-22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Plan now for the return of in-house VBS. Watch future Morning Tide bulletins for more information.   

TOILETRIES AND PERSONAL HYGEINE ITEMS are needed for hospitalized and outpatient Veterans.  Items can be dropped off in the bin at the entrance to our outdoor tent or sanctuary.

USHERS ARE NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES.  Please volunteer by speaking today with Deacons Jim Nault, Terri Staffeld, or Jernnifer Ruffner or calling the church office (313-291-1221). 

VOLUNTEERS FOR CPR TRAINING are needed to help ensure the safety and well-being of our congregation’s members.  A class will be scheduled in early August. Please volunteer now with Parish Nurse Kathy Williams for this life-saving training.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS BEGINS on Wednesday, June 30, 10:30 a.m., outdoors, weather permitting. For more information: Parish Nurse Kathy Williams

THE ST. PAUL CHURCH OFFICE IS NOW OPEN on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Drop-offs and deliveries can also be made on other days by advance call and arrangement.  However, the church office will be closed Monday, July 5th, due to the national holiday.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: John Caufield, Nancy Walker, Shelly Wilson, Sue Spears, Arlene Felske, Fred Block, Kyle Hard, Glen Sigman, Russell Walker, Nancy Raab, Jim Fraser, Shirley Drobil, Diane Wickline, Beverly Goodell, Bob Smarr, Brenda Tank, Kathy Williams, Doreen Thompson, Don Mack, Maria MacZink, Shirley Robinson, Dave Lange, Linda Tank, Arnold Knofske, Wayne Jones, Eleanor Rossi, Shirley Gratrix, Sheryl Schwab, Neil MacEachern, Sandy McGahey, Carrie Hill, Tyler Staten, Joe Hill, Bert Thompson, Loretta Kurtsel.  Condolences to the Arlene Wolfram family: her funeral service was held on Friday, with Pastor Drutchas officiating.


I Have Decided to Follow Jesus


  1. I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!


  1. The world behind me, the cross before me, the world behind me, the cross before, the world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back, no turning back.


  1. Though none go with me, I still will follow, though none go with me, I still will follow, though none go with me, I still will follow, no turning back, no turning back.


  1. Will you decide now to follow Jesus, will you decide now to follow Jesus,

will you decide now to follow Jesus?  No turning back, no turning back!


They’ll Know We Are Christians

  1.  We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord; we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, and we pray that unity may one day be restored,

Refrain: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.

 Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


  1. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, we will walk with each, we will walk hand in hand, and together we’ll spread the news that God in in our land, R.


  1. We will work with each other, we will work side by side, we will work with each other, we will work side by side, and we’ll guard each one’s dignity, and save each one’s pride, R.


  1. All praise to the Father from whom all things come, and all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son, and all praise to the Spirit who makes us one, R.