February 22, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Ash Wednesday - 22 February 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Silent Prayer and Reflection

Is my faith on the surface or in my heart?

Ringing of the Bell

Welcome Rev. George Reed

Prelude John Joanette, pianist

Call to Worship:  Tim Ruffner

One: Let us look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,

All: who for the joy that was waiting endured the cross.

One: Jesus came to preach good news to the poor,

All: to proclaim release to the captives

 One: and recovery of sight to the blind,

 All: to liberate those who are oppressed,

One: and to proclaim the year of God's favor.

All: Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

*Hymn No. 572 “Take Time to Be Holy”

First Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10  Lector:  Tim Ruffner

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Message: “Now Is the Time”

Anthem “Above All,”  Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

Call to Confession of Sins

One: Let us pray:

All: Most holy and merciful God: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on

earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

One: We have not loved you with all our heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.

All: Have mercy on us, O God.

One: We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

All: Have mercy on us, O God.

One: We confess to you, O God, all our past unfaithfulness. The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives,

All: We confess to you, O God.

One: Our self-indulgent appetites and ways and our exploitation of other people,

All: We confess to you, O God.

One: Our anger at our own frustration and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

All: We confess to you, O God.

One: Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts and our dishonesty in our daily life and work,

All: We confess to you, O God.

One: Our negligence in prayer and worship and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

All: We confess to you, O God.

One: Accept our repentance, O God, for the wrongs we have done. For our neglect of human need and suffering and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

All: Accept our repentance, O God.

One: For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

All: Accept our repentance, O God.

 One: For our waste and pollution of your creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us,   

All: Accept our repentance, O God.

One: Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us.

All: Favorably hear us, O God, for your mercy is great. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer (debts, debtors)

The Passing of the Peace:

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

The Imposition of Ashes
The ushers will invite you to come forward to receive the sign of the cross drawn in ashes on your forehead.

*Dismissal with Blessing

Depart in Silence



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S EVENING 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.

SIX DRIVE-THRU FISH SUPPERS will be hosted at our church during the upcoming Lenten season.  The suppers will be March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7, 3:30 – 6 p.m.  Dinners will be $14-adults and $5-children, an increase reflecting the surge in the cost of North Atlantic Cod.  Your volunteer support is asked for each of these suppers which are an important fundraiser for our congregation and its ministry.  To volunteer, contact Jim Poet or the church office (313-291-1221).

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP ‘ST. PATTY’S PIZZA AND DANCE PARTY’ ARC OUTREACH. The youth will be hosting a St. Patty’s pizza party and dance for members of the ARC/ Special Olympics downriver association on Saturday, March 11.  Anyone interested in making cupcakes or cookies for the event should contact Pastor Schalm.

WEARING OUR NAME TAGS WILL HELP our new minister and visitors put a name to our faces.  If you need to update or get a new tag, please contact the church office.

A LENTEN BIBLE AND BOOK STUDY on the book, “You Were Made for This Moment, Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow,” by Max Lucado will be offered on Monday evenings beginning March 6 and concluding on April 3.  Anyone interested should contact Pastor Schalm by February 27th.  Books will be ordered at that time.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Linda Tank, Sandi Rose, Sally Sigman, Haley Dowell, Debbie Case, Dan Case, Loralee Wilson, Barbara Siemers, Dianne Sturgeon, Murl Nieman, Bill Pattenaude, Kim Beyar, Rev. Norm Kirsch,  Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Beverly Sitz, Fred Block, Fred Fanter, Dennis Schmoekel, Shelly Wilson, Jerry Rossi, Sheila Klimek, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Eleanor Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, 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.