May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday – Outdoor and Livestreamed Worship

Pentecost - Outdoor and Livestreamed Worship – May 23, 2021
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan

 “Surely, the Presence of the Lord,” Organist, Sally Sigman


CALL TO WORSHIP / PASSING OF PEACE  - The peace of Christ be with you… And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER / TRIPLE AMEN  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Pastor Drutchas

MORNING SCRIPTURE  John 15:26-27  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

MESSAGE “My First Pentecost,” Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “O For a Thousand Tongues,” Tracy Hoffman

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Acts 2:1-21 Pastors & Congregation (See bottom of page)

MESSAGE  “Discerning the Spirit,” Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “Amazing Grace,” Tracy Hoffman

MESSAGE  “My Holy Spirit Moment,” Pastor Schalm

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  “God of Grace, God of Glory”



  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.  




  One bread, one body, one Lord of all; one cup of blessing which we bless.

  And we, thou many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord!


SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / DOXOLOGY - Congregation Standing


  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.




SCRIPTURE RESPONSE (Acts 2:17-21): “This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.  Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see vision, and your old men will have dreams.  Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.  I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below.  There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke; the sun will be darkened, and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.  And then, whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.”





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.”  If worshiping indoors, please wait for ushers to dismiss you from your pews. However, weather permitting, we will worship outdoors under the tent with social distancing. Masks do not need to worn once you’re seated, but please re-mask as you rise and circulate. Thanks!

WE CELEBRATE PENTECOST SUNDAY with communion 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.

‘JESUS’ SUPER POWERS’ IS SUNDAY SCHOOL FOCUS as our children gather in Fellowship Hall, walking in Jesus’ shoes. Sharing games, drama, and hands-on activities with their morning lesson, our children will discover how Jesus is the ultimate and true ‘super power,’ decorating superpower capes to be worn at the upcoming June 13th Spring Program.

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. 

NO TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY THIS COMING WEEK but we resume Tuesday, June 1, under the outdoor tent, reading and studying Second Letter Corinthians. Lesson provided. All welcome.

ST PAUL YOUTH WILL BE LUNCHING AND CANOEING, meeting up at Pastor Schalm’s house, 12 noon, then heading to Flat Rock’s Huroc Park to rent canoes or kayaks--$15 each. Please confirm your participation with Pastor Schalm.

YOUTH MISSION WEEK IS SET FOR JUNE 13-20, beginning with the Spring Youth Program at church.  Afterwards, we head to the Cinemark Theater for a movie in reserved group space. On Monday evening our youth prepare a meal for homeless ChristNet guests, following this up with mission outreach and devotional activities throughout the week.  On schedule for Saturday: a fun outing to 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 biography form (available online or from Sunday morning usher) to office by Tuesday, June 1.

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.

ST PAUL IS HOSTING MEALS FOR CHRISTNET HOMELESS, June 13-19. Teams are needed to prepare meals for delivery to ‘moteled’ guests. Please volunteer with Pastor Geoff Drutchas.

‘STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH’ OFFERINGS ARE INVITED throughout this month as we celebrate the Pentecost “birthday” of all Christian churches.  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 via electronic online giving at  Locate the Online Giving button, select “Strengthen the Church,” and enter your donation. Please give prayerfully to this mission.

SYMPATHIES & CONDOLENCES: JUDITH NIEMAN FAMILY -Visitation at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, Sunday, 2-8 p.m. with 10 a.m. lying-in-state, St. Paul Church, Monday, followed by 11 a.m. service.
OLIVER HILLIKER FAMILY - Visitation at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor, Monday, 10-12 a.m. with Michigan Memorial Cemetery graveside service, 1:30 p.m.

ALTAR ROSE honors the birth of Harper Ann Scheel, daughter of Kevin & Traci Akron Scheel; first granddaughter of Connie and Paul Scheel; ALTAR VASES honor 91st birthday of Daisy Stedman and new life chapter for Sunday School teacher Alyssa Brandt.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Kyle Hard, Joseph Cappello, Diane Wickline, Beverly Goodell, Arlene Wolfram, John Caufield, Pam Foresta, Gary Peters, Bob Smarr, Brenda Tank, Kathy Williams, Jim Koths, Fred Block, Don Mack, Maria MacZink, Shirley Robinson, Dave Lange, Linda Tank, Arnold Knofske, Sherrill Berndl, Wayne Jones, Eleanor Rossi, Shirley Gratrix, Sheryl Schwab, Don Mack, Glen Sigman, Neil MacEachern, Carol Wioncek,  Maria MacZink, Christie Smart, Bill McGahey, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Tyler Staten, Bert Thompson, Beverly Jean Lloyd, Loretta Kurtsel, Bob Wright, Michael DePugh, Samantha Surre.




  1. God of grace and God of glory. On thy people pour thy power;

crown thine ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour,

for the facing of this hour.


  1. Lo! The hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail thy ways!

From the fears that long have bound us, free our hearts to faith and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days,

for the living of these days.


  1. Set our feet on lofty places; fill our lives that we may be strengthened with all Christ-like graces pledged to set all captives free. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we fail our call from thee; lest we fail our call from thee.