January 07, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
First Sunday of Epiphany/ January 7, 2024

Silent Prayer and Reflection

We all have times through the year when we give gifts. How do    

       you choose what makes a good gift to give?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                      Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary                                                   John Joanette, pianist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace                Jeannette Wackro, lector

ONE: We gather wondering,’ Where will we find the Babe born in
ALL: We will find the Babe in the laughter of children, in the
          wisdom of grandparents.
ONE: We gather asking, 'where will we find the Child of Christmas?
ALL: 'We will find the Child where the needy are gifted with
          hope, where the oppressed are set free.
ONE: We gather wanting to know, 'where will we find the Christ who
has come for us?
All: 'We will find our hope where fear is overwhelmed by
        peace, where hatred is overwhelmed by love, where all people
        are overwhelmed by joy.
ONE: Let us worship the one who has given us the greatest gift.
The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 172  “We Three Kings,”                    Tracy Hoffman, Hymn


*Prayer of the Day                                                Jeannette Wackro, lector

 O Lord, we have come. Come, now to us. Send upon us your
 Grace, for you have called us to be stewards. Speak to us your
 Word, for you have summoned us to be its witnesses. Show us   

 your Body, for you have made us to be its members. Let the  

 working of your power be seen among us, O God, that our works  

 might declare your presence among the nations.  Amen.

Anthem  “Good King Wenceslaus,”                                           Chancel Choir

First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-9 (NRSV)                           Jeannette Wackro, lector

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV)

Message  “The Story Continues”

*Hymn No. 154  “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” 

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

Invitation/ Great Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer (debts, debtors)

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. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive  

   our debtors. 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

Prayer after Receiving

*Hymn No. 285  “How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely”

*Dismissal with Blessing

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




COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  At the usher’s bidding, you are invited to come forward to receive both bread and cup from our pastors and elders.  We observe an “open communion.” Membership is not required to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  We simply ask that all receiving Communion seek to know our Lord more completely.  You may immediately consume the communion elements before returning to your pew.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will gather upstairs for a lesson, a craft and snack.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will resume January 9, 10:30 a.m. and lead by interim pastor Reverend Linda Anderson.  All are welcome.

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: Sandi Rose, Dale Simon, Dan Case, Debbie Case, Sally Sigman, Judy Albright, Dan Newton, Joan Smarr, Maria Kahkonen, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Helen St. Louis, Karen Hill, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Doreen Thompson,  Richard & Kathy Green, Marybeth Staffeld Gibbs, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, the Abdual Family.  Condolences to the family and friends of LaVerne Roe who passed away January 2, 2024, at the age of 92 years.  Funeral service was January 6, 2024.  Reverend Linda Anderson officiated.  Arrangements by Martenson Funeral Home, Allen Park Chapel.

OUR REMAINING POINSETTIAS NEED A HOME.  Please consider giving one of our remaining poinsettias home. See any usher if you need assistance or have any questions.

TRUSTEES SEEKING TO FILL COUNCIL POSITIONS - UPDATE Beginning January 2024 the following positions are open on Council.  Second Vice President (three-year term), one Elder (three-year term), and two for Deacons. A one-year term ending January 2025, and the second, a three-year term ending January, 2026. Please prayerfully consider filling one of these positions.  A description of responsibilities is available in the church office or see a trustee.  Please prayerfully consider serving. Please speak with Fred Miller, Toni Hill or Marjie Barnard, Trustees.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION, approving a new budget and electing new Council members, is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, following the morning worship service. Your attendance is important to ensure we have a quorum. No Coffee/ Fellowship Hour will be held. Ministry Reports are due in the church office no later than January 10, 2024.   Time is needed to print and assemble the reports for the Annual Congregational Meeting.

SEW ‘N SEWS SEWING GUILD will meet Thursday, January 18, 10 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided. No sewing experience necessary. Join us for ‘food for thought.’ Contact Janet Staffeld, chairwoman, for more info.

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.



                                               Calendar Week January 7 – January 14

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

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

                       Education & Teacher Meeting 11:15 a.m.-Parlor

Tuesday        Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday  Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m./ Ministry reports due in office

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

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