July 17, 2022

Order of Service
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
July 17, 2022


 PRELUDE  Organist Sally Sigman



  Pastor: “May the Peace of Christ be with you.”

  Congregation: “And also with you!”

OPENING HYMN No. 2 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

O God, come to us, we pray, with the resources of thy power that we may be strong within.  We ask not for easy lives, but for steadfast faith.  We ask not to be freed from storms, but to be equipped with courage and a trustworthy compass to weather them.  We pray not for a smooth sea, but for an unshakeable ship, captained by our Savior Christ Jesus and guided home by our Heavenly Father.  In Jesus’ name we pray.    AMEN


AN INVITATION FROM THE WILD WEST  Candace Poet Poet                                                                                                                                     

ANTHEM  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Hosea 14:5-6, James 1:2-4, Romans 8:35, 12:12,

2 Corinthians 4:17, John 16:33

OFFERTORY INVITATION / *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.                                                                   

MORNING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                             

*HYMN No. 22  “All Creatures of Our God and King”

(Verses 1-3)

MESSAGE Thorns and Flowers,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 227  “In the Garden”                                                                                                           BENEDICTION                                                                                                                                                              





WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE IN OUR SANCTUARY OR THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our livestreamed 10 a.m. service can be viewed on Facebook at other times as well.  An order of service and the pastor’s full message are downloadable from our church website (stpaulucctaylor.org) with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.

DUE TO THE RECENT SPIKE IN COVID INFECTIONS which have touched our own congregation, church members and friends are asked to mask and social distance for sanctuary worship.  Also, our usual post-service Coffee Hour has been put hold, resuming July 31.

OUR SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING is being rescheduled for the first Sunday of next month, August 7, due to the current Covid spike.  Plan on being present for that important meeting.

SURF’S DOWN!  Due to the recent spike of Covid cases, there will be no Sunday School this morning.  The tide will be riding high again though on July 24th.  Until then, keep on paddling and looking up!

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS STILL SOUGHT to teach single session classes in late July and throughout August.  All lesson materials and snacks are provided. A sign-up sheet can be found on the Christian Education Welcome Center desk upstairs. You can also contact Pastor Schalm to secure a date and/or for more information. .

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2022 (VBS)CIRCLE G RANCH’ IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 25 - 29. Please confirm your child/ren’s participation by signing up at the Welcome Center Desk upstairs. While VBS will not be open to the general public, friends and neighbors are welcome to join!  However, due to liability and shortage of chaperones, the sponsoring church member or parent is required to assist with chaperoning Friday’s Willow Metro Park pool field trip. Pre-registration helps ensure that supplies and staffing are sufficiently secured. Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Dan Case, Dianne Sturgeon, Joan Smarr, Neil MacEachern, Sandi Rose, Tracy Hoffman, Barbara Schultz, Marjie Barnard, Al and Bev Gunther, John and Barb Smith, Sue Mrowka, Alice and Dennis Nagy, Jennifer Isaacs, Geoff Drutchas,  Jeff MacZink, Kyle Hard, Jerry Rossi, Tony Rogers, Jack Burchard, Eleanor Rossi, Hayden Forsyth, John Dubke, Teri Staffeld, Bob Robinson, Brenda Murphy, Jeff Natzke, Sue Spears, Diane St. Louis, Kevin Siemers, Marcie Bolen, Raymond Harmon, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Laverne Roe, Hailey Smith, Dan Mason, Arthur Jensen, Loretta Kurtsel, Carrie Hill, Kim Chichowicz.

FOR THEIR SUMMER MISSION TRIP, AUGUST 15- 20, St. Paul youth will be serving at the Gleaners Food Pantry and Farm (Detroit), Jackson County Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and Imagine Planet, all located in Jackson Michigan, while housed in reserved cabins at the Michindoh Conference & Retreat Center in Hillsdale.  All interested youth should sign up on the youth board and pick up a mission trip information packet.

A YOUNG ADULT REUNION & GATHERING is being organized for Sunday, August 14.  Following the church service, we will gather for pizza, fellowship, laughs, and remembrances.  Dearly-loved past youth chaperones Carolyn and Alyssa Brandt will be in town to join us.  Plan now to reconnect with past Youth Fellowship friends.

PLAN ON CELEBRATING A ‘BILL OF LOAN’ SHREDDING and the dedication of the sanctuary’s new grand piano at the ‘Happy Day’ Service planned for the last Sunday of the month, July 31.  Special ceremonies, music, and fellowship will all be part of that not-to-miss glad day as we acknowledge both the final repayment to our church endowment for  Family Room addition financing and the presence of a exiting and beautiful new instrument for our church’s music ministry.

THE NEW MEMBERSHIP PHONE DIRECTORY is available for pick-up today from the ushers before and after 10 a.m. worship.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will meet telephonically this Tuesday, July 19, 10:30-12 noon, with printed lessons provided.  Please contact church office for call-in number.

EXERCISE CLASS meets in Fellowship Hall, Wednesday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.

FOR CONTINUING COVID CAUTION St. Paul worshipers can make use of several roped pews at the center of the sanctuary for the sake of social distancing.  Masks and hand-sanitizer are available at the entrances to the church.