February 4, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Fifth Sunday of Epiphany/ February 4, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

The healing of Simon’s mother-in-law (and I so wish she had a name) is God being, living who God is. God called Jesus to be who he was.      (Karoline M. Lewis)

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                               Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary                                                          John Joanette, pianist

*Hymn No. 25 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Tracy Hoffman, hymn leader


*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace                         
Marjie Barnard, lector
One: Rejoice, for God is among us.
All: Give Thanks, for in Christ we are a new people.
One: Sing Praise, for we come to worship God.
All: God knows us and our hungers.
One: God loves us like a father and nurtures us like a mother.
All: God draws us to each other and claims us as the people of God.
One: Knowing this, let us worship God.   The peace of Christ be with you.
All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 337 “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”

*Prayer of the Day                                                          Marjie Barnard, lector

We give you thanks, O God, for your word, spoken long ago and yet new every day. Give us again the gift of hearing your voice through these words—may they be a conduit for your Spirit to  enter our lives and take root, growing and giving glory to you. Amen.

Anthem  “10,000 Reasons,”                                               Chancel Choir

First Lesson:  Isaiah 40:21-31 (NRSV)                            Marjie Barnard, lector

Gospel Lesson: Mark 1:29-39 (NRSV)

Message: “Rising, to Meet the Occasion,”                       Rev. Linda Anderson

Hymn No. 425  “Let Us Break Bread Together”

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.  Amen.

 Holy Communion


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

   glory, forever and ever Amen.  

Receiving of the Bread and Cup

*Hymn No. 344  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

*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.




SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will gather upstairs for the Winter Blast activities (waffle bar, games, crafts, and more).

PLEASE JOIN US in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship for beverages, donuts, and fellowship.  All are welcome.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will gather at 10:30 a.m. in the West Room. Lead by interim pastor Reverend Linda Anderson.  All are welcome. For more info call the office.

EXERCISE CLASS Wednesday mornings, 10:30 a.m.   All are welcome to join for fun and fellowship. Contact Kathy Williams for more information.  

CHOIR REHEARSAL Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. in the West Room. New voices are always welcome.  Contact Music Director, Tracy Hoffman, for more information.  

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Denise St. Louis, Rebecca Romas, Diane St. Louis, Sally Sigman, Wendy Warner, Joan Smarr, Ailani Flores, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Richard & Kathy Green, Marybeth Staffeld Gibbs, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, and the Abdual Family.

TRUSTEES SEEKING TO FILL COUNCIL POSITION - UPDATE The following position is open on Council.   A three-year term ending January 2026, for the position of Deacon.  Please prayerfully consider filling this position or becoming an auxiliary member of Council.  A description of responsibilities is available in the church office or see a trustee.  Please speak with Toni Hill, Marjie Barnard, or Michael Isaacs, Trustees.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS HOSTING A ‘WINTER WONDERLAND BLAST’ TODAY. Waffle Bar begins at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards join in for fun games, winter crafts and s’more making. All activities including the waffle bar will be held upstairs in the Christian Education department.

YOUTH TO SERVE AT CASS SOCIAL SERVICES Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship will be serving at Cass Social Services from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 (Please note date change). Afterwards we will head out for some pizza and fellowship. Please sign the sheet on the youth board upstairs or contact Pastor Schalm to confirm your participation by February 11.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PREPARE FISH DINNER COLESLAW to be served at the five drive thru fish dinners which begin on February 23, 2024. The brine will be made on Friday, February 9. Saturday, February 10 many hands will be needed starting at 8:00 a.m. when
the cabbage will be chopped and prepared. At 9:30 the other vegetables that make the coleslaw will be chopped. Then the brine will be mixed with the vegetables, put into five gallon buckets and stored in the refrigerators. This is a great time for fellowship and to show your skills in the kitchen. Please consider joining in the fun. Free Donuts and Coffee will be available for all volunteers.

2024 LENTEN FISH DINNERS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our congregation is hosting five drive-thru fish dinners on Fridays during the Lenten Season. The dinners will be hosted on February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The menu will include three breaded pieces of wild-caught Icelandic Cod, French fries, our church’s famous Cole slaw, roll with butter, and a pie slice or brownie for an adult meal. The children’s meal will be two pieces of fish plus everything else in the adult meal. Cost of the dinners are $14.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Volunteer help is needed to host all of the dinners. To volunteer, please contact Jim Poet, Tim Ruffner or the church office (313.291.1221).



                                               Calendar Week February 4 – February 11

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

                       Sunday School Winter Blast 9:30 a.m./ Communion 10:00/ Coffee hour 11:00

Tuesday        Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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

Friday            Making coleslaw brine 9:00 a.m.

Saturday       Cut cabbage for coleslaw 8:00 a.m./ Cut vegetables & Make Coleslaw 9:30 a.m.      

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

                        Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00/ Christian Education & Teacher

                        Meeting 11:15 a.m. (parlor)