March 21, 2021

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
March 21, 2021

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
 ~2 Corinthians 5:17


PRELUDE
 “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult,”  Organist, Sally Sigman

WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING

CALL TO WORSHIP / PASSING OF THE PEACE

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM “This Is My Father’s World,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Psalm 61:1-5, Isaiah 40:31, Matthew 28:16-20, Pastor Drutchas

SOLO  “He / I Believe”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

MESSAGE  “The Season of Hope,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

MORNING PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM  No. 543 “Blessed Assurance,” Soloist, Tracy Hoffman

BENEDICTION / POSTLUDE

 

- Blessed Assurance –

 

  1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of the Spirit, washed in his blood.

 

Refrain: This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long;

this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

 

  1. Perfect submission, prefect delight, visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love. R

 

  1. Perfect submission, all is at rest; I in my Savior am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in his love. R.

 


 

MORNING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor – March 21, 2021

 

THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or from home via Facebook.  Our livestreamed service can be viewed at later times on Facebook.

NEXT WEEK: PALM SUNDAY SERVICE AT 10 A.M. with palms distributed outdoors to church members as they depart from the sanctuary.  Two young people, Anthony Staten and Ethan Hard, will be confirmed in faith.

THIS LENTEN SEASON OUR ‘JERUSALEM WALK’ CONTINUES 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 upcoming Lenten devotionals every Sunday and Wednesday.

‘WALK IN HIS SHOES’ SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING IN FELLOWSHIP HALL with masking and social distancing for safety. This morning Sunday School children again walk in the shoes of Jesus as they play games, witness a live drama on “The Lost Coin” and engage in hands-on activities that includes a treasure hunt. Today’s lesson has also been posted to the St. Paul website Christian Education Blog.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR OUR DRIVE-THRU LENTEN FISH SUPPERS Drive-Thru on Fridays, March 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 ‘ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING’ UCC OFFERINGS are welcomed during March, supporting global mission through health, educational, and agricultural programs, plus disaster and refugee relief.  Gifts can be made via your March Tidings envelope or at www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving. Just click the blue Online Giving button, scroll through “Donations” listings to UCC – One Great Hour of Sharing and enter your donation amount.  Thank you!

OUR YOUTH FELLOWSHIP & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY GROUPS CONTINUE THEIR 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!  Join the Happiness Challenge this week.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY is coming soon!  All children attending Sunday School on Easter morning be able to join in but parents are asked to pre-register them by contacting Pastor Cheryl Schalm.  All COVID protocols will be followed to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP AND OUR YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRY wish to thank Peggy Staten for the wonderful cookies provided for the breaking their 30 Hour famine, and everyone who donated to help eradicate world hunger.  Donations continue to be received through March 28th.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Pat Britt, Don Mack, Shelly and Ronald Caruso, Gary Peters, Judy Nieman, Bob Smarr, Shirley Gratrix, Jim Fraser, Harold Fick, Glen Sigman, Dave Lange, Gerri Lyn King, Melissa Winter, John Caufield, Bob Robinson, Lil Roscoe, Jeffrey Britt, John Smith, Rosemarie Laslo, Eleanor Rossi, Neil MacEachern, Margo Charette, Maria MacZink, Sheryl Schwab, Christie Smart, Shirley Havenstein, Bob Barley, Kyle Hard, Joseph Smith, Bill McGahey, Wayne Jones, Oren Forsyth, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Loretta Kurtsel, Bob Wright, James Natzke, and Michael DePugh.