April 14, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Third Sunday of Easter/ April 14, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Everything is the same. And everything is different at the same time.         

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome             Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary “This is the Day,”        John Joanette, pianist

Call to Worship     Nancy Rabb, lector

Leader: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

People: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

Leader: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

People: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

Leader: The living Christ is with us.

People: Praise the Lord!

*Hymn No. 224 “Christ Arose!”

*Prayer of the Day      Nancy Rabb, lector

Life-giving God, as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, we pray that we may be bound together in Christian love and that our faith and fellowship may be a witness through which your spirit, a spirit which is deep, perceptive, gentle, and bold, will bring us toward you and unite us with our brothers and sisters. We humbly thank you for your many blessings that you have given us. Guide us that we may truly be Easter people and always  remember that we are celebrating your resurrection day every day, for we pray through Jesus our Christ. Amen.

  Choir Anthem  “How Lovely Lord, How Lovely”

First Lesson: Luke 24:13-29      Nancy Rabb, lector

Gospel Lesson: Luke 24:30-49

Message “On the Road Again!”     Rev. Anderson

Hymn No. 260 “Let It Breathe on Me”  (remain seated)

Offertory Invitation/ Offertory/ *Dedication of Gifts


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.

 A Time of Prayer/ The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver
us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the gory, forever and ever Amen.

*Hymn No. 275  “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Closing Voluntary/ Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads the way into the world followed by our Pastor.



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S MORNING SERVICE IN PERSON AND FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING You must have a Facebook account to view our Worship Services.  An email address is required. It is possible to have a Facebook account not connected to Social Media. Please contact Dan Case, Gary Peters, or Michael Isaacs if you need more information.

 SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING upstairs for lesson, crafts, snacks, and fun.

THERE IS NO COFFEE HOURS until Sunday, May 5 due to our Spring Rummage Sale preparations.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE your Easter Lily home.  See any usher for assistance.


                                               Calendar Week April 14  – April 21

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Linda Anderson

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Spring Fling/ No Coffee Hour

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

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

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ No Coffee Hour


The Rev. Linda Anderson, Interim Minister
Tracy Hoffman, Music Director;
John Joanette, Pianist
Nancy Rabb, Liturgist
Sue Mrowka, Council Rep;
Teri Staffeld, Deacon

Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church, family, and community.  Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.                                                                   

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 APRIL 28. Orders will be ready for pickup on Sunday, May 5 after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.  Any questions please contact Candace Poet.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Christine Schwab, Jeannette Wackro, Mark Ennis, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Justine Kimbler, Susan &  Dennis Bennett, Diane Brainard, Tony Koths, Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Alicia Hagen, Ailani Flores, Sherry Burchard, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Steve, neighbor, Vicki and Dale Simon.
Condolences: to Dennis Nagy on the loss of wife, Alice who passed away March 4, 2024, at the age of 82 Years. Funeral service was private.  Arrangements by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel;
to Shirley Gratrix and family of the loss of daughter-in-law, Debbie Gratrix, who passed away April 8, 2024, at the age of years 67.  Visitation is Saturday, April 13, Voran’s Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard, Taylor, from 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Funeral service is at 1p.m.  Pastor Cheryl Schalm to officiate.

OUR SPRING RUMMAGE SALE donations are welcome until Tuesday, April 30, 12 noon. Donations can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tables are set up with signs indicating where items should be deposited. Household items (kitchenware and small appliances) can be taken to the West Room. Your cooperation will help with final sorting and displaying of goods. Items should be clean and in good condition. Volunteers are needed to help sort. Further assistance is needed on Saturday May 4 for cleanup. Please contact the church office or Trustee Toni Hill. Any time you can share is greatly appreciated.

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY” and those items will be blessed at that time. Sunday, April 21, we will hear from a past UCC disaster relief mission trip volunteer.  The UCC Disaster Relief Ministry provides support for individuals and communities impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters globally.  A donation box is in the Narthex for anyone interested in donating to this ministry.  Please contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm with any questions.  

EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET THURSDAY, MAY 23. All moms, daughters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, etc. are invited to our annual “Every Daughter Banquet,” Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Garden Party”, so dress up and join in the fun. A buffet-style dinner will be served. Menu selections include chicken, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad bar, rolls, dessert, and beverage—$5 per person. Children 5 years and younger are free. Special prizes will be given out, a 50/50 raffle and basket door prizes. This is a not-to-be missed event. Tickets can be purchased in the West Lobby following worship service until Sunday, Mary 19. Advance ticket purchase is required, no tickets will be sold at the door. This year’s “Every Daughter Banquet” is jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and the Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS May 12. Infants born over the last year to members of our congregation will be honored at the annual St. Paul Cradle Roll Service on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.  Parents are invited to place a photo of their child on the altar for the length of the service. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate or include a child or grandchild in the roster of those acknowledged and honored.