November 07, 2021 – Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Totenfest & Memorial Sunday
25th Sunday of Pentecost
Livestream & Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
November 7, 2021

“Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling,” Guest Pianist: John Joanette


*CONGREGATIONAL SINGING No. 637 “For All the Saints”

*INVOCATION Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas, Senior Pastor

*PASSING OF PEACE  The peace of Christ be with you… And also with you!


 ANTHEM ”Precious Lord, Take My Hand” Chancel Choir – Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

 MORNING SCRIPTURE with TRIPLE AMEN  John 14:1-3, 18-19

 MESSAGE  “Good Hauntings,” Pastor Drutchas

*CONGREGATIONAL SINGING  No. 86  “Great IS Thy Faithfulness”


 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.


 THE MEMORIAL SERVICE Memorial Acclamations (see insert) / Tolling of the Bell

 *CLOSING HYMN No. 562  “Because He Lives”  

*BENEDICTION/ POSTLUDE  “The Gift of Love,” John Joanette


A Resurrection of Faith

Readings from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Chapter 15 with Memorial Acclamations



MINISTER:  And now I want to remind you, my brothers, of the Good News

which I preached to you; which you received, and on which your faith stands

firm.  That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you.  You are saved by

the gospel if you hold firmly to it—unless it was for nothing that you believed…

Now, since our message is that Christ has been raised from death how can some

of you say that the dead will not be raised to life?  If that is true, it means that

Christ was not raised… And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a

delusion and you are still lost in your sins.

WOMEN:  It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are

lost.  If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we

deserve more pity than anyone else in the world.

MEN:  But the truth is that Christ has been raised from the dead, as the guarantee

that those who sleep in death will also be raised.  For just as death came by means

of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by the means of a man.

For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all

will be raised to life because of their union with Christ.

ALL:  But each one will be raised in his proper order:  Christ, first of all; then,

at the time of his first coming, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come;

Christ will overcome all spiritual rulers, authorities and powers, and will hand

over the Kingdom to God the Father… The last enemy to be defeated will be death.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION:  (Choir / Soloist)  “Christ’s death, O God,

we proclaim.  Christ’s resurrection we declare.  Christ’s coming we await.

Glory be to you, O God.”




MINISTER:  Someone will ask, “How can the dead be raised to life?  What kind

of body will they have?”

EAST CONGREGATION:  You fool!  When you plant a seed in the ground, it

does not sprout to life until it dies.  And what you plant is a bare seed, perhaps a

grain of wheat or some other grain, not the full-bodied plant that will later grow

God provides that seed with the body he wishes; he gives each seed its own

proper body.

MINISTER:  And the flesh of living beings is not all the same kind of flesh;

human beings have one kind of flesh, animals another, birds another, and fish

another.  And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; the beauty that

belongs to heavenly bodies is different from the beauty that belongs to earthly

bodies.  The sun has its own beauty, and the stars have a different beauty; and

even among the stars there are different kinds of beauty.

WEST CONGREGATION:  This is how it will be when the dead are raised to

life.  When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal.

When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong.

When buried it is a physical body; when raised it will be a spiritual body.  There

is, of course, a physical body, so there has to be a spiritual body.

ALL:  What I mean, brothers, is that what is made of flesh and blood cannot

share in God’s kingdom, and what is mortal cannot possess immortality.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION:  (Choir / Soloist)  “Christ’s death, O God

we proclaim.  Christ’s resurrection we declare.  Christ’s coming we await.

Glory be to you, O God.”




MINISTER:  Listen to the secret truth: we shall not all die, but when the last

trumpet sounds, we shall all be changed in an instant, as quickly as the blinking

of an eye.  For when the trumpet sounds, the dead will be raised never to die again,

and we shall all be changed into what is immortal; what will die must be changed

into what cannot die.

WOMEN:  So when this takes place, and the mortal has been changed into the

immortal, then the scripture will come true:  “Death is destroyed; victory is

complete!  Where, Death, is your victory?  Where, Death, is your power to hurt?”

MEN:  Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law.

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

ALL:  So then, my dear brothers, stand firm and steady.  Keep busy always in

your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s

service is ever useless.

MINISTER:  May God bless us all in this reading from his Word so that our

lives may testify to our faith in Christ’s resurrection and our own.  AMEN.


MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION:  (Choir / Soloist and Congregation)  “Christ’s

death, O God we proclaim.  Christ’s resurrection we declare.  Christ’s coming

we await.  Glory be to you, O God.”


“Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live”. --John 11:25


Let us remember in prayer the following members and friends of our church whose funeral and memorial services have been held since Memorial Sunday, November 1, 2020:


Darlene Spence, November 26, 2020, at the age of 89 years.

Velma McGee, November 27, 2020, at the age of 91 years.

Doris Hilliker, December 9, 2020, at the age of 83 years.

Shirley Rohr, December 19, 2020, at the age of 92 years.

Mary Dubke, December 31, 2020, at the age of 87 years.

George Koster, January 14, 2021, at the age of 71 years.

JoEllen Auten, January 22, 2021, at the age of 62 years.

Lindley Hogan, January 25, 2021, at the age of 100 years.

Kenneth Harder, January 29, 2021, at the age of 63years.

Brenda Gaydos, February 13, 2021, at the age of 73 years.

Shirlen Powell, February 14, 2021, at the age of 85 years.

Michael Natzke, March 5, 2021, at the age of 67 years.

Judith (Judy) Nieman, May 18, 2021, at the age of 78 years.

Oliver (Ollie) Hilliker, May 20, 2021, at the age of 84 years.

Jim Koths, June 6, 2021, at the age of 66 years.

Alfretta Linnert, June 16, 2021, at the age of 76 years.

Arlene Wolfram, June 22, 2021, at the age of 72 years.

Mark Rellinger, died June 27, 2021 at the age of 60 years.

Linda Nunnery, July 21, 2021, at the age of 73 years.

Susan James, July 24, 2021, at the age of 76 years.

Charlie Duncan, July 28, 2021, at the age of 95 years.

Sheryl Schwab, August 6, 2021, at the age of 68 years.

Joel Hunter, August 10, 2021, at the age of 58 years.

Brenda Rellinger, September 11, 2021, at the age of 73 years.





THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or via Facebook livestreamed.  Our 10 am service will also be posted on the St. Paul church web site under “Sermons, Bulletins, and Audio Services.”  As we worship today, let’s all seek to social distance, giving each other lots of space without congregating in the aisle, narthex, or vestibule. Our congregation’s goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe.  Thanks!

TODAY IS TOTENFEST, remembering those of our church family who have passed on to God in the last year.  The communion sacrament will also be offered to all worshipers at church and at home following our service livestreamed.  At St. Paul Church we observe an “open communion.”  You do not need to be a church member to share in the communion sacrament.  Our elders will be distributing communion kits to those arriving in the sanctuary.  Those worshiping with us livestreamed are invited to make use of bread and juice from their home kitchens, which will be consecrated with prayer at the start of communion.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR will be held today in Fellowship Hall with coffee and donuts served.  All welcome!

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will be attending the IAM Movie Station upstairs. They will be learning about God’s Goodness and how they are called to be thankful and grateful.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NOW UNDERWAY! Pre-wrapped shoe boxes, complete with instructions, can be picked up during coffee hour. Your filled shoe box will be sent to a child across the globe in need of Christmas cheer with a message of Christ’s Love.  All shoe boxes are due back no later than Sunday, November 21.

THE ‘ANGEL TREE’ IS COMING SOON TO FELLOWSHIP HALL with an opportunity to provide a Christmas gift to a child in need locally in Michigan.  Angel Tags on the tree identify the age and gender of each child.  Please add your name to the numbered roster as you take a tag.  You may also contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to request an Angel Tag.  Additionally, tubs will be placed at the rear of Fellowship Hall and at the upstairs Sunday School Welcome area lobby for donations of hats, gloves, scarves and undergarments. All items will be delivered to the Salvation Army so that they can be included in their Family in need Gift Shop.

NEXT SUNDAY IS STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY when we reflect upon God’s blessings and his call to be faithful stewards of the resources he makes possible for us for our needs, as well as to share through the ministry of church.  Everyone is encouraged to complete a Faith Commitment card and return it with their offering at the start of Sunday’s sanctuary service or forward by mail to the church.

YOUR INPUT ON THE 2022 UNIFIED CHURCH BUDGET IS INVITED.  St. Paul Treasurer Dan Case will be in the West Room following the worship service this morning to answer members’ budget questions or concerns with the present budget draft available for review.  Our church’s Budget and Finance Ministry group will be submitting the preliminary budget to the Council at its November and December meetings with final presentation to the congregation for voted approval at our annual meeting on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

HOSTESS SIGN-UP FOR ‘ADVENT BY CANDELIGHT’ begins today in Fellowship Hall with informational packets provided.  This annual women’s event, sponsored by our Christian Education ministry and all set for Sunday, December 5, 6:45-8:45 p.m., helps participants attune themselves to the true spirit of Advent and Christmas.

THE ANNUAL SCRAPBOOK CROP returns on Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9 am- 7 pm.  The $40 cost for the event includes your cropping space and three meals, as well as snacks and beverages all day.  Please contact Debbie Case ( for more information.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. in the West Room. For more information: Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Wayne Jones, Frankie Patterson, Glen Sigman, Megan Barnosky, Jeff MacZink, Barbara Schultz, Margo Charette, Bill Pattenaude, Beverly Sitz, Bob Robinson, Anthony Staten, Sally Sigman, Larry Kurtsel, Loretta Kurtsel, Dennis Schmoekel, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Alice Nagy, Michelle Matney, Maria MacZink, Joe Hill, Gunther Berndl, Sherrill Berndl, Earl Shutt, John Caufield, Sue Spears, Don Mack, Kathy Eichner, Kyle Hard, Bob Smarr, Eleanor Rossi, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Tyler Staten, Bert Thompson, Cody Van Hulle, Al Petri, Elizabeth Alexander, Robert Gaither, Charles Burgess, Richard Sherman, Ronald and Myrna Matthews, Lori Rose, Kim Chichowicz, and Leon Kroeger.