April 03, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Lent
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
April 03, 2022


PRELUDE  “Shall We Gather at  the River, ”Sally Sigman, Organist


*OPENING HYMN No. 611 “Rise Up, O Saints of God”

CALL TO WORSHIP / INVOCATION  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

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


EXAMINATION OF CONFIRMANDS Kaitlyn Isaacs, Angel Staten, and Dylan Stull


CHOIR ANTHEM “There is a Green Hill Far Away,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

SCRIPTURE  Mark 2:13-17; Philippians 3:17-25

*HYMN No. 610 “Living for Jesus” (Verses 1,2)

TESTIMONIAL “What My Faith Means to Me,” Kaitlyn Isaacs

CHIMES “Seek Ye First,” Sally Sigman, Organist


*HYMN No. 589  ”Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”

MESSAGE  “The Company We Keep“,” Pastor Drutchas

CHOIR ANTHEM “Jesus, Remember Me”




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

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.

BENEDICTION / POSTLUDE “Ours the Journey,” Sally Sigman, Organist





WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE IN OUR SANCTUARY OR THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our livestreamed 10 a.m. service can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  An order of service and the pastor’s full message are downloadable from our church website (stpaulucctaylor.org) with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.

A FELLOWSHIP HOUR CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IN HONOR OF OUR CONFIRMANDS immediately follows this morning’s service in Fellowship Hall, reached through the arched doorway at the right front of the church. Come share this important gathering for our young people hosted by our Christian Education Ministry.

TODAY IS EXAMINATION SUNDAY for confirmands reciting the Apostles’ Creed from memory and answering questions from our pastor about what they’ve learned over two years of study.  Also, one of our three graduating confirmands will be sharing a faith testimonial.

THE LORD’S SUPPER IS SHARED THIS MORNING with all adult baptized Christians invited to partake--church membership not required.  Prior to the service, elders will be distributing communion “kits” with a sealed wafer and grape juice cup.

HOLY WEEK IS APRIL 10-17, beginning with a Palm Sunday Service (palms distributed)  Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m., Maundy Thursday Service (full bread and cup communion), April 14, 7 p.m.; Good Friday Service, April 15, 12 noon; and Easter Morning Communion Service (light Easter Brunch in Fellowship Hall),” April 17, 10 a.m.  Come share this important week of faith with Jesus Christ and your church family.  

YOUR EASTER LILY ORDER FORMS must be received no later than today, April 3, to ensure lily availability at $10 each.  All white lilies will be displayed in the sanctuary on Easter morning and can be retrieved at the end of the 10 a.m. service.  Please indicate on your RSVP those whom you would like to honor or commemorate as a part of the ‘Lily List’ published in the Easter morning bulletin and on the church website.

THE IAM THEATER IS THE PLACE TO BE. Sunday School children should follow their nose to the popping corn, take a seat and prepare for a treat. Following a movie with message the children will head to the large classroom to begin their one-of-a kind masterpiece.

FAMILIES SHOULD MARK THEIR CALENDARS for our annual Easter Egg Hunt & Party  during the Sunday School Hour on April 17. Wrapped Easter candy donations are invited and can be dropped off upstairs at the Christian Education Welcome Center or in the church office.

THIS IS THE FINAL SUNDAY to donate to the Youth Group’s 30 Hour Famine benefiting Ukrainian Relief Efforts. Donations should be marked “30 Hour Famine” and dropped in the offering box. Thank you for your love and support. 

TWO MORE LENTEN DRIVE-THRU FISH SUPPERS are set for April 8, and 15, $12-adults and $4-children. Alert friends and neighbors: your full support is asked for this important fundraiser for our congregation and its ministry. 

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets in person April 5, 10:30 a.m. -12 noon. All welcome.  Please speak with Pastor Geoff Drutchas for call-in information.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, April 6 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact the church office. Can’t make it to class, but want to join us from home? Join on us ZOOM via computer internet, I-pad, or video-phone. Contact Parish Nurse Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) for sign-on and link information.

SPRING’S IN THE AIR AND THE ST. PAUL YOUTH FLOWER SALE IS COMING UP SOON. Flower order forms, available from Sunday morning ushers and on our web page, must be returned no later than May 1 with flower pick-up on Mother’s Day, May 8, after worship. Flowers provided by Blocks Stand & Greenhouse. For more info: Candace Poet or Cheryl Schalm.

BLOSSOMS FLOWERS is our new church florist for altar decorations and commemorative vases--$20 each vase.  A flower chart for date sign-up and dedication designation can be found at the foot of the balcony steps. Make check payable to ‘St. Paul UCC Church’ and return to the church office.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Brenda Murphy, Dan Case, Grace Wangbickler, John Kovach, John Caufield, Kyle Hard, Anne Blanchard, Loralee Wilson, Hayden Forsyth, Rosemarie Laslo, Jeff Natzke, , Dianne Sturgeon, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Jeff and Maria MacZink, Gunter Berndl, Pat Britt, Brydon Stull, Glen Sigman, Steve Matney, Vicki Simon, Judy Kirsch, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Harold Fick, LaVerne Roe, Dave Kulhanek, Charles Helms, Arthur Jensen, Loretta Kurtsel, Josh Edelbrock, Pat Vernor, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Leon Kroeger, Bert Thompson, Brenda Meridth, and Kim Chichowicz.