January 08, 2023


First Sunday of Epiphany
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
January 8, 2023




PRELUDE  “Amazing Grace,” John Joanette, pianist

RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL                                                                                                


*HYMN No. 173 “As with Gladness”


Pastor: O Holy God, open unto us

Congregation: light for our darkness, courage for our fear, hope for our despair.

Pastor: O loving God, open unto us

Congregation: wisdom for our confusion, forgiveness for our sins, love for our hate.

Pastor: O God of peace, open unto us

Congregation: peace for our turmoil, joy for our sorrow, strength for our weakness.

ALL: O Generous God, open our heart to receive all your gifts. Amen.

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

Congregation: And also with you.

*HYMN No. 134 “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

SPECIAL MUSIC   Chancel Choir, Majesty  

EPIPHANY LESSONS Psalm 72:1-19; Matthew 2:1-12  Lector: Aaron Johnson

*HYMN No. 172 “We Three Kings”

OFFERTORY/DEDICATION OF GIFTS                                                                                   


Praise God from who all blessings flow;                                                                                                   

Praise him all creatures here below.                                                                                                        

 Praise him above ye heavenly host;                                                                                                            

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen                                                                                                               

MESSAGE  “Traveling With Wise Guys,”  Pastor Schalm

*HYMN No. 469  “I Am the Light of the World”



Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.  We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.  We have offended against your holy laws.  We have left undone those things which ought to be done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.  But you, O Lord, are merciful.  Spare us, O God, as we confess our faults.  Restore us in our penitence according to your promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.  And grant, O most merciful God, for Jesus’ sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.  



We give thanks to thee, almighty God, that thou hast refreshed us with this memorial of thy love, and hast granted to us the presence of thy Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord; and we beseech thee to strengthen our faith in thee and to increase our love toward one another; through him who is our redeemer. 

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING UPSTAIRS in the Theater to enjoy snacks and a movie this morning.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR will be held today in our Fellowship Hall with coffee and donuts served.  All welcome!  There is no Coffee/ Fellowship Hour next week, January 15 or January 22. Coffee/ Fellowship Hour will resume Sunday,
January 29.

OUR EPIPHANY SUNDAY SERVICE INCLUDES 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.




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.

ST. PAUL COUNCIL NOMINEE is being sought for a Trustee position. This is a three-year term beginning January 2023. Please consider serving our church and ministry in this vital, faithful way. For more information regarding this position’s duties or to offer a nomination, please speak with a Trustee or past president, Fred Miller.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION, approving a new budget and electing new Council members, is scheduled for next Sunday, January 15, 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.   Time is needed to print and assemble the reports for the Annual Congregational Meeting next Sunday.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS HOSTING A ‘WINTER WONDERLAND BLAST’ party following service on January 22.  Children and church worshipers 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!

CHOIR REHEARSALS are Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m., West Room.

EXERCISE CLASS Wednesday, January 11, in Fellowship Hall, 10:30 a.m.

Souper Bowl VIII is coming!
Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
As our interim pastor, George Reed will be in the pulpit sharing the message, this will be a great time to enjoy tasty soups and welcome Rev. Reed to St. Paul UCC, Taylor. Anyone interested in preparing a soup or for more information, please contact Jim Poet or the church office (313.291.1221).

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Loralee Wilson, Barbara Siemers, Kaylee Ostrowski, Murl Nieman, Sandi Rose, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Dan Case, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Pat Herkimer, Pat Vernor, Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Beverly Sitz, Debbie Case, Justine Kimbler,  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, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Loretta Kurtsel, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Donna Greca, Joyce LeBlanc, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri, Joseph Gawne.  Happy Birthday:  Jennifer Isaacs and Fred Miller

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.