April 02, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Palm/ Passion Sunday, April 2, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Do I seek for the Mind of Christ?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements  Rev. George Reed


Prelude Beverly M. Glenn, organist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace  Lector:  Mark Ennis

One:  O give thanks to God who is good.

All:  God’s steadfast love endures forever!

   One:  Open the gates of righteousness and enter with thanksgiving.

All:  Give thanks that God has answered us and become our salvation.

   One:  God is God, and he has given us light.

All:  O give thanks to God whose steadfast love endures forever.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 192 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

Triumphant Entry/ Matthew 21:1-11 Lector:  Mark Ennis

Blessing of the Palms Rev. Reed

One: The Messiah comes, humble and riding on a donkey’s colt.

All: Humbly the Anointed One enters into our midst this day.   

One:  Let us greet our Redeemer with palms of praise.  Let us pray:

Bless, O God, these palms which we bear this day that they may be signs of loyalty to the Messiah.  Amen.

All:  May our palms be signs of honor to our Savior, the Christ.

One:  As of old, the Christ comes among us to save us.

All:  Hosanna to the One who comes in the name of our God.

Anthem “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,”  Chancel Choir

First Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11 Lector:  Mark Ennis

Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 26:14-27:66

Message: “The Mind of Christ,”  Rev. Reed

*Hymn No. 536  “When We Are Living”/ “Pues Si Vivimos”

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


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.             


Prayers of the People


Lord’s Prayer (debts, debtors)

*Hymn No. 537 “My Hope Is Built”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Postlude Beverly M. Glenn, organist



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S MORNING SERVICE IN PERSON AND FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING which can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  An order of service is downloadable from our church website (stpaulucctaylor.org) with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING upstairs this morning to enjoy crafts, snacks, and an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt, weather permitting.  There is no Sunday School next week. All children will gather in the sanctuary for Children’s Chapel Easter Sunday.

COFFEE HOUR this morning following our worship service in Fellowship Hall.  Coffee, tea, donuts, and other refreshments served.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Kathy Williams, Linda Tank, Dorothy Evison, Sandi Rose, Bernard Baca, Aaron Johnson, Liam Rischel, Jennifer Lee, Silas Block, Barbara Siemers, Bill Pattenaude, Beverly Sitz, Loralee Wilson, Dianne Sturgeon, Arnold Knofske, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Shelly Wilson, Jerry Rossi, Sheila Klimek, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Jerry Picard, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Loretta Kurtsel,  Brenda Stockwell, Donna Greca, Joyce LeBlanc, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.   Condolences:  to the family and friends of Mary & Fred Miller on the loss of Mary’s sister, Hallie Jean Deschenes. Visitation is Monday, April 3, 2023 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Rd.,Dearborn Funeral service is Monday, April 3, 2023, 1 p.m. at the funeral home; to the family and friends of Eleanor Rossi who passed away March 30, 2023. Arrangements are pending.

HOLY WEEK begins today with palms distributed.  Maundy Thursday Service with full bread and cup communion, April 6, 7: 30 p.m.; Good Friday Service, 12 noon, April 7; and Easter Morning Communion Service with special Fellowship Hall “Continental Breakfast,” 10 a.m., April 9.  Come share this important week of faith with Jesus Christ and your church family.

NEXT SUNDAY: EASTER SERVICE AT 10 A.M. with open communion for church members and friends.  At the close of the service the lily-adorned Easter Cross will be carried outside and set in place in front of the church. You may take any lilies you ordered after service.

LENTEN BIBLE & BOOK STUDY now through April 10, 7 p.m. in the Parlor. “You Were Made for This Moment, Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow” by Max Lucado held on Monday evenings. Anyone interested contact Pastor Schalm or the church office. Books are available for purchase.

THE YOUTH ARE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL FLOWER SALE. The flowers are coming from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse. If you would like to order flowers, please see an usher to pick up an order form. Order forms need to be turned in NO LATER than MAY 1. Orders will be ready for pickup on Mother’s Day, May 14 after worship service. Any questions please contact Candace Poet.

YOUTH GROUP WILL GATHER FOR LUNCH on Sunday, April 23.  After lunch we will bike to Willow Metro Park.  Please contact Pastor Schalm for more information and to sign up.

OUR SPRING RUMMAGE SALE set-up begins Monday April 10 in both the fellowship hall and west room. Donations will be welcomed Tuesday, April 11- April 25, 12 noon. Donations can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tables will be set up with signs indicating where particular items should be deposited. Household items (kitchenware and small appliances) can be taken to the west room and put on tables there. Your cooperation is appreciated and will help with final sorting and displaying of goods. All donated items should be clean and in a good state of condition and repair for resale. Set-up volunteers are needed Monday April 10 to set up tables and racks and then beginning Tuesday April 11 the sorting of the donations will begin. Because of the shorter time between when we start collecting and the actual rummage sale, the more volunteers we have the quicker we can be ready. Further assistance will be needed Saturday April 29 for clean up. Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) or Trustee Toni Hill to volunteer.



                                               Calendar Week April 2  – April 9

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. George Reed

                      Distribution of Palms/ Sunday School Easter Party & Egg Hunt 10:00 a.m./

                       Coffee hour 11:00 a.m.

Monday       Bible and Book Study 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday     Maundy Thursday Service w/Communion 7:30 p.m.

Friday           Good Friday Service 12 noon/ Fish Supper-Drive Thru only 3:30 p.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. George Reed

                      Easter Service w/ Communion 10:00 a.m./ Continental Breakfast 11:00 a.m.