March 05, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Second Sunday in Lent/ March 5, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Where does God’s mercy show in my life?

Ringing of the Bell



Prelude Beverly M. Glenn, organist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace  Leader:  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

One:  We look around us and we ask,

All:  From where will our help come?

   One:  And yet we know the source of our help and strength.

All:  Our help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

   One:  God is our keeper; God is our shade at our right hand.

   All:  God will keep us from all evil and will keep our life.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 565 “If You Will Trust in God to Guide You”

*Prayer of the Day Leader:  Pastor Schalm

One: Let us pray.

All: O God who seeks to bless all the families of the earth:

           Grant us the wisdom to see you at work in the world

           and to join in your works of blessing and healing. Amen.

Choir Anthem  “I Surrender All,”  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 30:9b-14 Lector:  Pastor Schalm

Introduction to Scripture:  Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

Gospel Lesson: Luke 10:25-37 (CEB) Rev. George Reed

Message: “The Good Samaritan,” Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

*Hymn No. 579  “Standing in the Need of Prayer” 

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.

Prayers of the People


Lord’s Prayer (debts, debtors)

*Hymn No. 600 “Jesu, Jesu,”  (vs. 1-3)

*Dismissal with Blessing

Postlude  Beverly M. Glenn, organist



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 ( with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING UPSTAIRS this morning in the I Am Theater.  The children will continue to learn about the Book of Leviticus.

COFFEE HOUR this morning following our morning worship service in Fellowship Hall.  Brewed coffee, tea, donuts, and other refreshments served.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Linda Tank, Dorothy Evison, Sandi Rose, Bernard Baca, Beverly Sitz, Debbie Case, Dan Case, Loralee Wilson, Barbara Siemers, Dianne Sturgeon, Murl Nieman, Kim Beyar, Fred Block, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Shannon Block,Michelle Mellin, John Caufield, Janice Schuman, 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,  Brenda Stockwell, Donna Greca, Joyce LeBlanc, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.   Condolence:  to the family and friends of Ann Anderson who passed away February 27, 2023.  Funeral service was Saturday, March 4, 2023.  Arrangements by John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, Garden City Chapel.  Rev. George Reed officiated.

TURKEY AND SYRIA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS.  Over 47,000 people have fallen victim to the first devasting earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. The area experienced a second earthquake.  Donations are still being welcomed for relief efforts.  You can place your donation in the offering basket in the Narthex.  Checks should be made out to St. Paul UCC marked Turkey/ Syria earthquake relief.  One check will be sent to the UCC for relief efforts.  Contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.

A Lenten Bible & Book study on the book, “You Were Made for This Moment, Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow,by Max Lucado begins March 6 and concludes April 3.  Anyone interested contact Pastor Schalm.  Books will be available for purchase.

ROCK HARD IN FAITH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP ‘ST. PATTY’S PIZZA AND DANCE PARTY’ ARC OUTREACH. Saturday, March 11 – Special Olympics St. Patrick’s Pizza & Dance Party. Youth should arrive at 5:00 p.m. to set up for the pizza dance party that begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Wear your dancing shoes! Cupcake or cookie donations welcome.

FOLLOWING MORNING WORSHIP March 12, we will gather for lunch prior to heading out to see the movie, Jesus Revolution. This new film opened this past weekend, finishing number 3 at the box office. CBN News reported the film tells the true story behind the Jesus Movement of the 1970s, including how Pastor Chuck Smith welcomed hippies looking for truth at his church. It gave birth to one of the greatest spiritual awakenings in American history. PLEASE SIGN THE SHEET ON THE YOUTH BOARD OR LET PASTOR SCHALM KNOW.

PALM PASSION SUNDAY READERS NEEDED On Palm Sunday (Palm/Passion Sunday) we will be reading the entire story of Jesus’ passion which is almost two chapters long. We will do this in a readers’ theater style with various folks reading the lines of each character. We will need 15 volunteers to read. Most of the parts are short and we will be reading so you don’t need to memorize lines. Palm Sunday is April 2, and we will have a practice read through after worship on March 26. To volunteer, please see Pastor Reed. Thank you.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING is received during the month of March. You are invited to participate in this UCC Mission Offering which assists our Christian friends world-wide in the development of health and education, and disaster and refugee relief. An offering envelope was included in the March Tidings and in the pew racks. We also offer the option of making your donation thru our electronic giving process. Visit us at www.stpaulucctaylor. org/giving, click on the blue Online Giving button, scroll through the “Donations” listing, select UCC – One Great Hour of Sharing and enter the amount of your donation. Please prayerfully consider your gift to those in need.

ORDER YOUR EASTER LILY.  White envelopes (found in the pew racks) are due no later than Sunday, March 26.  Lilies will be displayed in the sanctuary on Easter morning and can be taken after service.  Please indicate whom you would like to honor or commemorate. The ‘Lily List’ is published in the Easter morning bulletin and on the church website.


                                     Calendar Week March 5 – March 12

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

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

Monday       Bible and Book Study 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting via Telephone

6:30 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Friday          Fish Supper-Drive Thru only 3:30 p.m.

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

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