January 22, 2023

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan

SILENT PRAYER/ PRELUDE  John Joanette, pianist




One:  A light has come that cannot be extinguished by darkness.

All:  We can trust that this light will guide our feet in the ways of God.

One:  Let us live in unity; of one mind and purpose.

All:  Let us not breed division but seek God’s single purpose together.

One:  We are called this morning to drop our nets and follow Jesus.

All:  Let us answer the call and raise our voices in prayer and praise.

*OPENING HYMN No. 464  “God of Grace and God of Glory,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


Gracious Light-Bearer, into the shadows of our isolation you speak words of life and community.  Challenger of our lives, you call us from places we call home to lead us more deeply into the world you love.  With your gentle, healing touch you redeem the broken places of our lives, and you heal the wounded places of the earth.  Let our hearts be over-flowing with your reconciling love as we offer a sign of peace to one another and all the world.

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.  Congregation: And also with you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Barbara Schultz


*HYMN No. 494  “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 NRSV

ANTHEM “The Call,”  Chancel Choir

GOSPEL  Matthew 4:12-23 NRSV



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  “Drop Your Nets,” Rev. Orlando


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



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.

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. Christian Education is hosting a ‘Winter Wonderland Blast’ party for the Sunday School children and worship attendees following service, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Come and 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.  Fellowship Hour will resume Sunday, January 29 in our Fellowship Hall following our Worship Service.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING UPSTAIRS this morning to enjoy crafts and a story.

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 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 today. 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 25, 10:30 a.m.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Debbie Case, Dan Case, Thelma Poet, 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.

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.




                         President                                     Aaron Johnson

                         First Vice-President                  Suzanne Mrowka

                       Second Vice-President               Julius Enesey (3 year term)

                      Elder                                          Pamela Lange (3 year term)

                     Secretary                               Jane Dykowski (3 year term)


ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST acknowledges and thanks outgoing members of the Council for their work on behalf of the congregation.

Outgoing Council members include:  President, David Lange, Sr.; Deacon, Teri Staffeld; Elder, Mark Ennis; Trustee, Michael Isaacs; Recording Secretary, Beverley Gunther