April 30, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Fourth Sunday of Easter / April 30, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Am I listening to Jesus?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements  Rev. George Reed


Prelude Beverly M. Glenn, organist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace  Lector: Kari Cappello

One:  The Good Shepherd calls us to the peace of the fold.

All:  We long to hear the voice of our Shepherd.

   One:  The Shepherd is the gate who welcomes all the flock together.

All:  We seek to enter the safety and shelter we are offered.

   One:  Come into the fold and know the care of the shepherd.

All:  We enter the fold with joy calling others to join us.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.


*Hymn No.  467  “Fill the World with Love,”  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

*Prayer of the Day  Lector: Kari Cappello

One: Let us pray.

All: O God who calls your people together as a shepherd calls

           the sheep:  Grant us the faith to trust that the Christ is our  

           Good Shepherd calling us to share your love with the world.  


Anthem  “In This Very Room,” Chancel Choir

First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47  Lector:  Kari Cappello

Psalm 23 (KJV) (unison - insert)

Gospel Lesson: John 10:1-10  Rev. Reed

Message: “Following Jesus’ Voice”

*Hymn: “Lord, Speak to Me,”  (insert – all verses)

  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.  323  “Wonderful Words of Life”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Postlude  Beverly M. Glenn, organist

Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads

the way into the world followed by our Pastor and Choir at the close

of service.




SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING upstairs in the I AM Theater for a movie, crafts, snacks.

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

USHERS NEEDED TO ASSIST with Sunday morning worship services.  If you would like to volunteer or for more information, please contact Senior Deacon, Jennifer Ruffner or the church office (313.291.1221).  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: DeAnna Schalm, Barbara Siemers, Aaron Johnson, Katie Stull, Sue Stern, Dorothy Evison, Sandi Rose, Bernard Baca, Dianne Sturgeon, Jennifer Lee, Nancy Kittendorf, Bill Pattenaude, Linda Tank, Beverly Sitz, Loralee Wilson, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, 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, Cliff Barnard, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Loretta Kurtsel, Brenda Stockwell, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.

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 are also available online. 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.

WEARING NAME TAGS WILL HELP Rev. Reed and visitors put a name to our faces.  If you need to update or get a new tag, please contact the church office.  Cost is $9.00.

TAYLOR CHORUS SPRING CONCERT “From Broadway to Ballads,” today, April 30, 4 p.m. Held at the Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy St., Taylor.  Admission:  Adults $10, Children (5-18) $5, and under 5 free! Tickets available at the door.

SPRING MAY BE BARELY HERE BUT SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE ALREADY BEING SOUGHT to one-time lead a class for children in the summer weeks ahead.  All curriculum, craft materials, and snacks are provided.  A sign-up sheet can be found on the Christian Education Welcome Center desk upstairs.  You can also contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm to secure a date and/or for more information.

MEDITATION MONDAY’S YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY & FELLOWSHIP CONTINUES MEETING WEEKLY at Pastor Schalm’s home, Mondays, 7 p.m.  All post-High School young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join.

PLEASE REVIEW YOUR INFORMATION IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY and contact the Office for any updates or corrections.  Have you moved?  Changed phone numbers?  We will be submitting information for a new directory soon.  It’s important to have the most current information we can.

st. PAUL EXERCISE CLASS WILL NOT MEET Wednesday, May 3.  Exercise will resume on Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. Can’t make it to class, but want to join us from home? Join on ZOOM via computer internet, I-pad, or video-phone. Contact Kathy Williams for sign-on and link information.

YOUTH FOOD AND FUNDRAISING The youth will gather at 5:00 p.m. for a pizza dinner at St. Paul Church, Saturday, May 13.  Following dinner, we will head to Meijer to return donated bottles and cans.  Afterwards, we will head to Block’s Greenhouse to gather and load flowers and plants for distribution on May 14. Contact Pastor Schalm for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE CALLS and visits to those who have health problems or are homebound.   To volunteer or for more information, please contact Kathy Williams.

PLEASE JOIN FOR A “CHAT WITH REV. REED” Over the next 6 weeks we will have small gatherings of 6/8 people for a “Chat with Rev. Reed".  This will give Rev. Reed an opportunity to get to know you and put names to faces.  It will also give you a chance to get to know him a little better too. These gatherings should last about an hour.  The search committee has put together several dates/times for these gatherings.  The dates/times are as follows: Sunday, May 7, 11:15 a.m.; Wednesday, May 10, 11:00 a.m.  or 5:30 p.m.; Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 4, 11:15 a.m. Sign-up in the narthex on Sunday or call the church office.  If we run out of days/dates and there are still more who wish to participate we will add more dates until all those interested may attend.



                                               Calendar Week April 23  – May 7

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

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday  No exercise/ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

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

                      Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee hour 11:00 a.m.