October 25, 2020


Reformation Sunday

Livestreamed & Sanctuary Worship
October 25, 2020
10 a.m.  


PRELUDE   Organist, Sally Sigman



Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

   Congregation: And also with you!

OPENING PRAYER  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas


ANTHEM  “Rise Up, O Saints of God,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Romans 5:1-5; John 13:34-35

MESSAGE  “Nothing Sweeter,” Pastor Drutchas


LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING ANTHEM “A Mighty Fortress,” Soloist, Tracy Hoffman

A HALLOWEEN PARADE  Our Sunday School Children



A Mighty Fortress

  1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing, our present help amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.  For still our ancient foe, doth seek to work us woe, with craft and power great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth without an equal.


  1. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, but there is one who takes our side, the one of God’s own choosing. You ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus, it is he with mighty power to save, victorious o’er the grave, Christ will prevail triumphant.


  1. And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God has willed the truth to triumph through us.  The powers of darkness grim, we tremble not for them; their rage we can endure, for lo, their doom is sure: One little word shall fell them.


  1.  God’s word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them abideth. The Spirit and the gifts are ours, through Christ, who with us sideth.  Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.  The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still, God’s strength endures forever.  Amen.





St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
October 25, 2020


WELCOME TO ALL WORSHIPING WITH US ON SITE OR THROUGH FACEBOOK.  Although worshiping in different places we share in a deeper unity made possible through the loving spirit of Jesus Christ.  Our onsite services are in need of additional ushers.  To volunteer please speak with this morning presiding deacon Dee Salsbury, or call the church office (313-291-1221).  Morning offerings can be placed in the standing tithe-box as you enter worship, mailed to the church from home, or delivered electronically.  For more information about the electronic option, call St. Paul treasurer Dan Case.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS MORNING with classes held in Fellowship Hall.  Our children will review the Five Fruits of the Spirit already individually highlighted each week: love, kindness, joy, peace and patience.  (Another fruit, gentleness, will be introduced next Sunday.)  Afterwards, children partake today in an “ole’ fashioned” but social-distanced Halloween party, prior to a sanctuary parade.  All families interested in enrolling children for in-house Sunday School should complete the Sunday School covenant that can be found online.

ONE-DAY FALL ‘FINDING HOPE WHEN ALL THINGS FALL’ YOUTH RETREAT IS ALL SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th.  Participants begin their day with a bagged breakfast in Fellowship Hall followed by morning devotions, then head for a volunteering day to Cass Social Services (our group only, lunch provided).  Later, we return to Pastor Schalm’s for a boxed supper, bonfire and evening discussion.  All interested should confirm participation today for necessary project planning.  Masking and social distancing required and monitored.

IN HONOR OF REFORMATION SUNDAY four sixth graders will be receiving Good News Bibles as Sunday School gifts: Marci Carleton, Cash Erickson, Joshua Mathias and Jake Smart.

BIBLE STUDY GROUPS meet Tuesdays at church, 10:30 a.m., West Room, with Pastor Drutchas, reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 5-6, and for post-high school young adults, on Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Pastor Schalm’s house, also reading the New Testament epistles.  We mask and social distance for study sessions.

OUR THANKS TO THE BLOCK FAMILY for this morning’s loan of the Giant Pumpkin Carriage for outdoor pictures of our costumed youth.  Also thanks to all who shared Halloween attire photos for our St. Paul Halloween video collage to be Facebook posted this afternoon.

ARE YOU GETTING DAILY EXERCISE?  Our St. Paul exercise class resumes on Wednesday, October 28, 2-3:15 p.m. with Delissa Hampton, instructor.  A face mask or shield is necessary to participate in Fellowship Hall.

FAITH & FITNESS UP & RUNNING CONTINUES T0 3 KINGS DAY, JANUARY 6th.  Recommended exercise goal: 150 minutes weekly but start at your own comfort level.  Our St. Paul web site program helps track your progress: click on What’s Happening, scroll to Faith & FITness Fun to 2021, (3) choose your goal or enter weekly data.  Not online?  Speak with Parish Nurse Kathy Williams to still participate.

SIGN UP ONLINE NOW FOR FALL BLOOD DRIVE, St. Paul Fellowship Hall, Tuesday, November 24, 1-6:45 p.m., and Medicare informational programs, Wednesdays, October 28, 7 p.m. (zoom), and November 4, 7:30 p.m., West Room (in person).  For more information, contact Parish Nurse Kathy Williams.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BETH GISH AND CHRISTOPHER LAMORE on their recent marriage.  Beth is the daughter of Barbara and Rodney Gish and sister of Kristi Caruso. 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN:  Sue Spears, Shirlen Powell (Beaumont-Taylor), Shirley Koths, Debbie Case, Barb Schultz, Linda Tank, George Koster, Yvonne Koster, Rosemarie Laslo, Nora Kronemann, Paula Block, Darlene Babin, Bert Thompson, Gerri Lynn King, Doris Hilliker, Lin Hogan, Oren Forsyth, Kyle Hard, Helen St. Louis, Marcie Bolen, Marion Bolen, Neil MacEachern, Judy Nieman, Morgan Schalm, Sheryl Schwab, Cassidy Congelierre, Darlene Wangbickler, Richard Janztsen, and Joe Coffee.

REMEMBER THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY ‘FRONTLINE’ SERVICES: Tricia Nault, Rick Barnosky, Sam Martin, Chelsey Eisenga, Josh Eisenga, Michelle Mellin, Lexi Mellin, Brenda Murphy, Amber Ostrowski, Rebecca Ostrowski, Samantha Pedersen, Eric Poet, James Hubert, Debbie Lyles, Amy McGahey, Jarod MacZink, Kim Arndt, Jennifer Babin, Wendi Wioncek Ashby, Marcie Magnuson, Inez Kurtsel Ogonowski, Trudy Clark Schiller, Rachel Tank, Emily Wangbickler Baggett, Jillian Wangbickler, and Sarah Wangbickler, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Dana Wioncek Barlage

25 CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND YOUNG ADULTS HAVE ADOPTED A ST. PAUL GRANDPARENT.  Adopted grandparents receive monthly several letters, drawings or cards, providing great intergenerational connection. Interested in participating too?  Contact Pastor Schalm (313-291-1221).

UNDER RECOMMENDATIONS MODIFIED BY THE ST. PAUL COUNCIL, church members and friends traveling domestically (out of state) or internationally are asked to quarantine or self-isolate for 7 days before resuming church activities—all in keeping with CDC and State of Michigan recommendations.