May 16, 2021 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Seventh Sunday of Easter
 Livestreamed and Tabernacle Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
May 16, 2021

 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” Organist, Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

Congregation: And also with you!



ANTHEM “The Church of Christ in Every Age,”
Tricia Nault and Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  John 17:6-19; Acts 1:1-8

INTERLUDE “Where Is Our Holy Church?” Tracy Hoffman

   Where is our Holy Church? Where gather all in faith,

   to sing God’s praises and embrace his ever-saving grace!

   Where is our Holy Church? A mighty host respond:

   Where Christ is served and honored still in truth and right and love!

MESSAGE  “Christ’s Church Abides!” Pastor Drutchas




POSTLUDE  “The Church’s One Foundation”





St. Peter

St. Peter, Artist: El Greco

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.”  Weather permitting, we will be worshiping outdoors on our church green under the tent.  If worshiping indoors, please wait for the ushers to dismiss you from your pews.

AS COVID-19 LINGERS, ESPECIALLY IMPACTING YOUNG PEOPLE NOT YET VACCINATED, let’s maintain any necessary masking and social distancing, and other sensible precautions. Your cooperation and goodwill for everyone’s safety are appreciated as we strive to be good Christian stewards of everyone’s well-being.

HONESTY AS THE BEST POLICY IS THE FOCUS FOR OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN, gathering in Fellowship Hall this morning as they continue to walk in the ‘Shoes of Jesus.’  Sharing games, drama, and hands-on activities, our children will learn about how Jesus walked in truth and calls us to do the same.  After the morning lesson, children will rehearse for the upcoming June 13th Spring Program and put a final touch on Mother’s Day gifts.

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY THIS COMING WEDNESDAY. May 19, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home. All post-High School young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join.

ST. PAUL YOUTH WILL BE LUNCHING AND CANOEING SUNDAY, MAY 23rd. The fellowship begins at Pastor Schalm’s house, 12 noon. After lunch, we head to Flat Rock’s Huroc Park to rent canoes or kayaks--$15 each.  Your participation must be confirmed in advance with Pastor Schalm no later than Sunday, May 16th.

YOUTH MISSION WEEK IS SET FOR JUNE 13-16, beginning with the Spring Youth Program at church.  Afterwards, we head to the Cinemark Theater for a movie in theater space exclusively rented for our group.  That evening our group prepares a meal for homeless ChristNet guests and follows this up with Monday and Tuesday activities at Cass Social Services.  On schedule for Wednesday is a day of fun at Cedar Point. All youth must confirm participation by May 30th.

GRADUATE NAMES NEEDED FOR OUR PRINTED ROSTER on Baccalaureate/Youth Sunday Service, June 6.  To add your graduate to the roster, please complete and return to office by Tuesday, June 1, biography form available online or from a Sunday morning usher.

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

ON MAY 23rd  WE CELEBRATE PENTECOST SUNDAY with the communion sacrament open to all adult baptized Christians.  Those sharing in our service via Facebook are invited to make use of juice and bread from home kitchens consecrated by our prayers.

‘STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH’ OFFERINGS ARE INVITED throughout this month as we celebrate the “birthday” of all Christian churches on Pentecost, May 23.  Funds donated support new church starts, church revitalization, youth ministries, leadership development, and more. Please join in planting seeds needed to grow and sustain our UCC denomination by making a gift with offering envelope included in your Tidings or through Vanco electronic online giving at  Locate the Online Giving button, select “Strengthen the Church,” and enter your donation. Please give prayerfully to this mission.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Kyle Hard, Shirley Robinson, Arnold Knofske, Diane Wickline, Amber Ostrowski, Beverly Goodell, Arlene Wolfram, Ollie Hilliker, Judy Nieman, Sharon Podpora, Jim Koths, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Brenda Tank, Sherrill Berndl, Pat Britt, Wayne Jones, Jerry Rossi, Bonnie Batchelder, DeAnna and Chris Frazier, John Caufield, Shirley Gratrix, Sheryl Schwab, Don Mack, Gary Peters, Joe Smith,  Bob Smarr, Glen Sigman, Dave Lange, Tyler Staten, Neil MacEachern, Carol Wioncek,  Maria MacZink, Christie Smart, Bill McGahey, Adam Forsyth family, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson,  Loretta Kurtsel, Bob Wright, Michael DePugh, Samantha Surre.




  1. I love your church, O God, on earth your blest abode,

the people your redeemer saved with his own precious blood.


  1. I love your church, O god, beyond all walls you stand,

dear as the apple of your eye, and graven on your hand.


  1. In love my tears shall fall, in love my prayers ascend, to serve your church,

my toils be given, till toils and cares shall end.


  1. Beyond my highest joys, I prize your people’s ways,

the sweet communion, solemn vows, the hymns of love and praise.


  1. Sure as your truth shall last, to Zion shall be given,

the brightest glories earth can yield, and brighter bliss of heaven.