January 15, 2023

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship with Annual Meeting
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
January 15, 2023

 

PRELUDE / RINGING OF CHURCH BELL

WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING/ CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Linda Anderson

OPENING HYMN No. 595 “Be Thou My Vision,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

RESPONSIVE INVOCATION/ PASSING OF THE PEACE

Pastor:  Come along with me as a sojourner in faith.  Bring along a sense of expectancy a vision of high hopes, a vision of future possibilities, a vivid imagination.

Congregation:  For God’s creation is not done. We are called to a future yet unnamed.

Pastor:  As we venture forward, we leave behind our desires for a no-risk life, worldly accumulations, certainty.

Congregation:  Let us travel light in the spirit of faith and expectation, toward the God of our hopes and dreams.

Pastor:  May we be witness to God’s future breaking in

All:  Come along with us as sojourners in faith, secure in the knowledge that we never travel alone.

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

Congregation: And also with you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Barbara Schultz

OPENING/ RECESSING OF ANNUAL MEETING  President David Lange

*HYMN No. 259 “Spirit of the Living God”

SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 42:1-9

ANTHEM “He Leadeth Me,” Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 3:13-17

PRESENTATION OF TITHES/ OFFERINGS

*DOXOLOGY

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.

MESSAGE  “A New Identity,” Pastor Anderson

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

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

BENEDICTION / REOPENING OF ANNUAL MEETING  

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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.

TODAY’S SERVICE COINCIDES WITH OUR CONGREGATION’S ANNUAL MEETING.  Please add your name to the attendance roster in the narthex if you had not already done so.  For all voting members ushers have copies of the annual report, including today’s agenda and the 2023 unified budget proposal.  The meeting will be convened at the start of today’s worship and then resume at the service’s end.  Your presence and participation are essential and appreciated!

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

NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR today or January 22. Fellowship Hour will resume Sunday, January 29 in our Fellowship Hall following our Worship Service.

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING UPSTAIRS this morning to enjoy skits, crafts, and a story to learn that while unicorns may be magical and cool, Jesus is mighty and warm.  He is real, not mythical.

ST. PAUL MORNING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS – January 15, 2023

 

PARSONAGE PAINTING PARTY THIS WEEKEND! We will work through Monday, January 16.  Volunteers are needed in many areas such as washing walls, prepping for paint, cutting in and painting to name just a few opportunities. If you are able and would like to donate your time and talent, please contact one of our Trustee:  Michael Isaacs, Toni Hill or Fred Miller.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS HOSTING A ‘WINTER WONDERLAND BLAST’ party for the Sunday School children and worship attendees following service on January 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Everyone has an opportunity to enjoy a waffle bar, donut bar, coffee and hot chocolate bar, make a smore’ and a winter craft, bounce in the bounce house, and have a friendly indoor snowball fight.  Mark your planners now!

SOUPER BOWL VIII IS COMING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 11 AM – 1 PM to our Fellowship Hall. Our interim pastor, Rev. George Reed will be in the pulpit sharing the message that day. This will be a great time to enjoy tasty soups and welcome Rev. Reed to St. Paul UCC, Taylor. An $8 donation buys a spoon and support tray that holds six bowls of soup and allows you to taste a variety of amazing soups. All proceeds support Building and Grounds projects. Anyone interested in preparing a soup or for more information, please contact Jim Poet or the church office (313.291.1221).

A YOUTH WINTER RETREAT IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 24-26, 2023.  Any 6-12 grade students interested in participating in Ice Camp should contact Pastor Schalm by January 22. Flyers providing all the details were mailed home to all students.

DONORS ARE NEEDED FOR OUR UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16.  There needs to be 59 days between donations. If you are unable to donate, perhaps you know someone who can. Donation times are from 1 to 6:45p.m. It is important to sign up ahead of time. Please contact Kathy Williams, if you have questions or want Kathy to sign you up for a time slot from 1 – 6:45 p.m. You can make appointments for yourself at your convenience through the Internet. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Thanks for your consideration.

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

EXERCISE CLASS Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Debbie Case, Dan Case, Loralee Wilson, Barbara Siemers, Kaylee Ostrowski, Murl Nieman, Sandi Rose, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch,  Pat Vernor, Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Beverly Sitz, 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, Hailey Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Donna Greca, Joyce LeBlanc, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri, Joseph Gawne.