January 01, 2023

Order of Worship
 Second Sunday of Christmas
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ
January 1, 2023



 PRELUDE  ”Angels We Have Heard on High,” John Joanette, guest pianist




The peace of Christ be with you…
And also with you!


*HYMN No. 149  “Angels from the Realm of Glory”


PRAISE ANTHEM  “In the Bulb There Is a Flower,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

APOSTLES’ CREED  Mark Ennis and Congregation

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.  He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, and the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

HYMN  No. 161  “I Wonder as I Wander”

MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13; Mark 10:17-30, Patricia Staffeld


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!


MESSAGE  “The Dozen Days of Christmas,” Barbara Schultz

MORNING PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) 

HYMN  “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (Insert)

BENEDICTION  Barbara Schultz

POSTLUDE  “Away in a Manger,”  John Joanette




WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S NEW YEAR’S MORNING 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 also posted by Sunday afternoon.

ELDERS BARBARA SCHULTZ, MARK ENNIS, AND PATRICIA STAFFELD lead this morning’s service along with Music Director Tracy Hoffman. Thank you, Barb, Mark, Pat, and Tracy as we start the new year with your worship leadership.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING UPSTAIRS in the Theater to enjoy snacks and a movie this morning. A Very Happy New Year to All!

NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR will be held today.  There will be a fellowship period on January 8 with coffee and donuts served.  All welcome!

NEXT WEEK’S EPIPHANY SUNDAY SERVICE WILL INCLUDE COMMUNION.  Please pick up your communion kits from the presiding elder and ushers as you arrive.  Those worshiping at home and joining our livestreamed service are encouraged to make use of bread and juice from their home kitchens which will be consecrated with prayer along with all communion elements distributed for the sanctuary.  All adult, baptized Christians seeking to walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to commune.

ST. PAUL COUNCIL NOMINEES are being sought for Second Vice President, Secretary, and Trustee positions – all for three-year terms beginning January 2023. Please consider serving our church and ministry in this vital, faithful way. For more information regarding positions duties or to offer nominations, please speak (313-291-1221) with Trustee and past president, Fred Miller.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION, approving a new budget and electing new Council members, is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2023, following the morning worship service. Your attendance is important to ensure we have a quorum. No Fellowship Hour will be held.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS HOSTING A ‘WINTER WONDERLAND BLAST’ party following service on January 22.  Children and church worshippers have the opportunity to decorate cookies, make a smore’ and a winter craft, play in the jump house and partake of food and fellowship.  All are invited to wear their favorite winter attire for a winter picture next to the gigantic snowman.  Mark your planner now to attend!

MINISTRY REPORTS ARE DUE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE.  Time is needed to print and assemble the reports for the Annual Congregational Meeting next Sunday.

OUR MERRY MAILERS WILL RESUME ASSEMBLING THE MONTHLY TIDINGS newsletter after Christmas.  To volunteer contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313-291-1221).

CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME Wednesday, January 4, 7 p.m., West Room.

NO EXERCISE CLASS Wednesday, January 4. Exercise class resumes January 11, 2023, in Fellowship Hall, 10:30 a.m.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Loralee Wilson, Barbara Siemers, Kaylee Ostrowski, Marion Bolen, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Dan Case, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Pat Herkimer, Pat Vernor, Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Beverly Sitz, Debbie Case, Justine Kimbler, Dorothy Evison, Linda Tank, Dianne Sturgeon, Shelly Wilson, Jerry Rossi, Sheila Klimek, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Eleanor Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Kevin Siemers, Sandi Rose, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Larry Kurtsel, Loretta Kurtsel, Robert Brainard, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Donna Greca, Joyce LeBlanc, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri, Joseph Gawne.

NOT FORGETTING THE COVID SPIKE which touched our own congregation this past summer, church members and friends are welcome to mask for sanctuary worship.  Masks and hand-sanitizer are available at the entrances to the church. See any Deacon or Usher for assistance.

FOR SECURITY REASONS our sanctuary’s front and east doors will be locked ten minutes after the start of morning worship. Those arriving late are asked to telephone the deacons and ushers (313-291-1221) or knock.  To exit out of these doors simply push the bar across them. Throughout the service, our deacons remain attentive on our behalf to any and all security concerns.