May 05, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sixth Sunday of Easter/ May 5, 2024


Silent Prayer and Reflection

We are told, “For theirs is the kingdom of God.” The Greek word    

 estin means “is,” not “will be.” That means the kingdom of God  

 belongs to us now.

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Welcome                                          Rev. Dawn Swartz

Opening Voluntary

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace                   Mark Ennis, liturgist

ONE: Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.

ALL:  Our mouths will shout forth praise.

ONE: Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.

ALL:  We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.

ONE: With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.

ALL:  We will worship from our depths.  Our souls exult in God! 

*Hymn No. 602  “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

*Prayer of the Day                                                     Mark Ennis, liturgist

God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and

voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your spirit that we may celebrate your

glory and truly worship you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anthem  “It Is Well with My Soul”

First Lesson:   Philippians four verses 4- 13              Mark Ennis, liturgist

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5:1-12                                                      Rev. Swartz

Message “I Believe in Original Happiness,”                          Rev. Swartz

*Hymn No. 558  “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” 

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.

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 for 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. 556  “Trust and Obey”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Closing Voluntary/ Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the
Light of Christ 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. It is possible to have a Facebook account not connected to Social Media. Please contact Dan Case, Gary Peters, or Michael Isaacs if you need more information.

COMMUNION IS OFFERED THIS MORNING.  At the usher’s bidding, you are invited to come forward to receive both bread and cup from our pastors and elders.  We observe an “open communion.”  Membership is not required to partake in the Lord’s Supper.  We simply ask that all receiving Communion seek to know our Lord more completely.  You may immediately consume the elements before returning to your pew.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS GATHERING upstairs for lesson, crafts, snacks, and fun.

COFFEE HOUR this morning in Fellowship Hall follows our worship service.  Coffee, tea, donuts and other refreshments served.

THE YOUTH FLOWERS AND PLANTS are available to pick up after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.  Any questions/ assistance needed please contact Candace Poet.


                                               Calendar Week May 5  – May 12

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Dawn Swartz

                      Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./ Flower-Plant

Pick up 11:00 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Cradle Roll 10:00 a.m./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.


Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church, family, and community.  Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.                                                                  

WEARING NAME TAGS WILL HELP Rev. Anderson and visitors put a name to our faces.  If you need to update or get a new tag, please contact the church office.  Cost is $9.00.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Christine Schwab, Jeannette Wackro, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Pam Pierce, Justine Kimbler, Susan & Dennis Bennett, Diane Brainard, Tony Koths, Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Alicia Hagen, Ailani Flores, 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.   Rose on the pulpit celebrates the birth of Allison Marie Phipps, born April 22, 2024, to Jason and Laura Staffeld Phipps.  St. Paul Grandparents:  Doug and Janet Staffeld.  Sibling: James

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS May 12. Infants born over the last year to members of our congregation will be honored at the annual St. Paul Cradle Roll Service on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.  Parents are invited to place a photo of their child on the altar for the length of the service. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate or include a child or grandchild in the roster of those acknowledged and honored.

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY.” The month of May, items will be collected for “Hero’s Closet.” Hero’s Closet Program offers clothing, personal items, and household goods to veterans at no cost. Whether they need attire for job interviews, exercise, leisure, or solemn occasions like funerals and weddings, Hero’s Closet ensures that veterans leave with their dignity intact. It’s a sanctuary where veterans find solace and practical assistance. A donation box will be placed in the narthex for anyone interested in donating toiletries (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), socks, undergarments, etc.  Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.

EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET MAY 23. All moms, daughters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, etc. are invited to our annual “Every Daughter Banquet,” Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Garden Party”, so dress up and join in the fun. A buffet-style dinner will be served. Menu includes chicken, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad bar, rolls, dessert, and beverage—all for $5 per person. Children 5 years and younger are free. Special prizes will be given out, a 50/50 raffle and basket door prizes. This is a not-to-be missed event. Tickets can be purchased at the Kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour. Advance ticket purchase is required, no tickets will be sold at the door. Last day to purchase tickets is Sunday, May 19th. This year’s “Every Daughter Banquet” is being jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and the Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

NO CPR/ FIRST AID CLASSES at this time due to lack of participants and scheduling conflicts.  Anyone interested please contact Kathy Williams and we will look to the near future to schedule classes.  THURSDAY EXERCISE CLASSES will begin the first Thursday in June (June 1)– not the third Thursday.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING RECEIVED DURING MAY.  This offering of the UCC represents the time of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Christian Church.   Sunday May 19 is observed as Pentecost, however, we will be receiving this offering any Sunday in May.  Funds support new church starts, church revitalization, youth ministries, leadership development and more.  Please join in planting the seeds needed to grow and sustain our UCC denomination by making a gift.  An offering envelope is included in your May Tidings. There are also envelopes located in the Narthex.  See any usher for assistance. You may also use Vanco, our electronic online giving source for your Strengthen the Church donation.  Visit us online at, locate the Online Giving button and select “Strengthen the Church” and enter the amount of your donation.  Please give prayerfully to this special mission offering.  Thank You.