March 31, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Easter Sunday/ March 31, 2024, 10 a.m.

Silent Prayer and Reflection

         He is Risen!  He is Risen, indeed!
Ringing of the Bell
Announcements/ Welcome                                       Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary
John Joanette, pianist*
Call to Worship                                                    Brenda Murphy, lector
 One:  Friends, the tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away!

All:  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

 One:  For three days he lay in that cold and lonely cave.

All:  But God’s love cannot be contained by anything, not even death!

One:  Thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Risen Lord.

All:  Death has been swallowed up in victory!

One:  Where, O death, is your victory?

All:  Where, O death is your sting?

One:  Christ is risen!

All:  He is risen, indeed!

One:  Come, let us worship the Risen Christ!

*Hymn No. 216  “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

*Prayer of the Day                                                 Brenda Murphy, lector
One: Let us pray.

O Life-giving God, your love for your children knows no boundaries. In Jesus Christ your Son, you have gone the full distance, even into the shadows of death, to find us, redeem us, and bring us back to life. Fill our hearts with joyous praise, even as we still may struggle to see life in the midst of its own shadows, so that as we proclaim your greatest good news this day, we may bring glory to you and new hope to your world.  Amen.

Children’s Chapel/ Family of God                            Pastor Cheryl Schalm
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God, I’ve been washed in the
fountain, cleansed by His blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we
travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.

Anthem “Jesus Is Lord,”                                                    Chancel Choir

Epistle Lesson: Acts 10:34-43                                Brenda Murphy, lector
Gospel Lesson: Mark 16:1-8, John 20:1-18  Pastors Anderson & Schalm
Message: “The Shadows are Lifted,”                                 Rev. Anderson

*Hymn No. 218  “Thine Is the Glory”

Offertory Invitation/ Offertory/ *Dedication of Gifts
*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.

Responsive Reading

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People: Just when it seems that life has us at the point of no return…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  Fridays and gloom keep on coming at us hard, but…
Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!
People:  When we have been hemmed in on every side and need a refuge for our weary souls…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  When it appears that evil has won and the victory belongs to Satan…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  When the last nail seems to be pounding on the coffin of our dreams and hopes…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  When, like Marky, we have walked the floor all night long and felt that death had won…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  In the stillness of the midnight hour, we hear the One who knows us by name…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  As Jesus was raised to new life, taking the sting from death and the victory from the grave…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!

People:  The story is revisited in our lives over and over and over again for…

Leader:  God’s strong love just won’t quit!  It’s our job to tell the world that…

People:  Our God’s strong love just won’t quit!

Holy Communion/Invitation/ Prayer of Consecration

Response: One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of   

  blessing which we bless.  And we, though many, through out the 

  Earth, we are one body in this one Lord. 

Receiving of the Bread and Cup

   A Time of Prayer          The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy           

   kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give 

   us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we 

   forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver      

   us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the 

    glory, forever and ever Amen.  

*Hymn No. 226  “He Lives!”

*Dismissal with Blessing
Closing Voluntary/ Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Easter Cross leads the way into the world followed by our Pastor.



WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S MORNING SERVICE IN PERSON AND FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING You must have a Facebook account to view our Worship Services.  An email address is required. Please contact Dan Case, Gary Peters, or Michael Isaacs if you need more information.  Following service there is a special “Continental Breakfast,” in Fellowship Hall.  You may take any lilies you ordered after service.

COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  We observe an “open communion.” Member-ship is not required to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  We simply ask that all receiving Communion seek to know our Lord more completely.


                                               Calendar Week March 31  – April 7

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

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Communion/ Continental Breakfast 11:00 a.m.

Monday      Office Closed/ Begin Rummage Sale Set-up Fellowship Hall

Tuesday       Rummage Sale Drop-offs begin 9:00 – 2:00 p.m./ Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ No Choir Rehearsal

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

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Girl Scout Sunday/ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.


The Rev. Linda Anderson, Interim Minister
Tracy Hoffman, Music Director;
John Joanette, Pianist
Brenda Murphy, Liturgist
Dan Case, Council Rep
Teri Staffeld, Deacon

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Christine Schwab, Jeannette Wackro, Mark Ennis, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Justine Kimbler, Suzanne Bennett, Dennis Bennett, Tony Koths, Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Ailani Flores, Sherry Burchard, Sue Milatz, Linda Tank, Rachel Tank, Jennifer Lee, Kyle Hard, Bill Pattenaude, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Steve, neighbor, Vicki and Dale Simon.

THE YOUTH ARE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL FLOWER SALE. The flowers are coming from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse. If you would like to order flowers, please see an usher to pick up an order form. Order forms need to be turned in NO LATER than MAY 1. Orders will be ready for pickup on Sunday, May 5 after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.  Any questions please contact Candace Poet.

OUR SPRING RUMMAGE SALE set-up begins Monday April 1 in fellowship hall and Monday, April 8 in the west room. Donations will be welcomed Tuesday, April 2- April 30, 12 noon. Donations can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tables are set up with signs indicating where particular items should be deposited. Household items (kitchenware and small appliances) can be taken to the west room. Your cooperation is appreciated and will help with final sorting and displaying of goods. All donated items should be clean and in a good state of condition and repair. Volunteers are needed Monday April 1 to set up tables and racks and then to begin sorting the donations. Further assistance will be needed Saturday May 4 for cleanup. Please contact the church office (313-291-1221) or Trustee Toni Hill to volunteer. Any time you can share is greatly appreciated.

LAST SUNDAY TO RECEIVE ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING. This UCC Mission Offering  assists in the development of health and education, disaster and refugee relief. An envelope is available in the Narthex.  We also offer the option of making your donation through 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.

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY”.  Mission/ outreach items will be blessed on the third Sunday of each month.  During Mission Sunday, April 21, we will hear from a past UCC disaster relief mission trip volunteer.  The UCC Disaster Relief Ministry provides support for individuals and communities impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other natural disasters globally.  A donation box is in the narthex for anyone interested in donating. Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.



Easter Lily Roster 2024
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor

 In Honor & Loving Remembrance:


--Kevin Staffeld from Teri and Maggie Staffeld

--Louise Horvath from Carl Wackro and the Isaacs Family

--Eugene Wackro from Carl Wackro and the Isaacs Family

--Nancy Heidt from Conrad Heidt

--Wally Stanek – beloved husband from Louise Stanek

--Loretta Kurtsel from Grandchildren, Alex and Alanna

--Ralph & Edna Herkimer from Sheri Herkimer

--Ralph Herkimer, Sr. from Sheri Herkimer

--Dwight Herkimer from Sheri Herkimer

--Fred & Mark Garrett from Sheri Herkimer

--Jordan Schalm from Sheri Herkimer

--Mary Belles from Sheri Herkimer

--Frank & Lenore Fuqua from Sheri Herkimer

--Frank – beloved husband from Sharon Podpora

--Jim West– dear son from Sharon Podpora

--Jerry West – dear son from Sharon Podpora

--Gaston St. Louis from Helen St. Louis

--Julius and Margaret Rabb from Nancy Rabb

--Carol Hoffman from her loving son, Tracy Hoffman

--Walter Denman from Gail Denman

--Linda Wright from Gail Denman

--Art & Pat Russell from Gail Denman

--Kath Beauchon & Tom Russell from Gail Denman

--David Mrowka from your loving wife, Sue

--Edwin and Betty Steinhauer from your daughters, Sue and Diane

--Earl and Nina Steinhauer from your granddaughters, Sue and Diane

--Shirley Havenstein from Sue Mrowka

--William & Mildred Beyar; Milton & Susan Peters from Gary & Kathy Peters

--Julius and Janet Enesey from Charlie and Marjie Barnard

--Shirley Drobil from a secret admirer