May 08, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sanctuary and Livestreamed Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
May 8, 2022



PRELUDE  “In the Garden,” John Joanette, Guest Accompaniest


CALL TO WORSHIP Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 184  “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly”

INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas

PASSING OF THE PEACE  The peace of Christ be with you… And also with you!

INTERLUDE  “Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant”

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM “Standing in the Need of Prayer,” Chancel Choir, Music Director: Tracy Hoffman

SCRIPTURE Mark 11:11-14, 20-26; Ephesians 4:17-32

*HYMN No. 658 “Restless Weaver”


*HYMN No. 499 “When Love is Found”

MESSAGE  “Before the Sun Goes Down,” Pastor Drutchas

CHORAL RESPONSE “O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines”


Pastor and Chancel: On Calvary’s cross, taunted and brutalized by many, and suffering great anguish with his mother observing not far off, Jesus, whose resurrection we celebrate this Easter season, did not let anger conquer him.

Congregation: True to God and his mother’s example, and the divine teaching of his own ministry, once more revealing the way for us all, he declared unto his last breath…

UNSION: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 200  “What Wondrous Love is This?”





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

NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR THIS MORNING due to Spring Rummage Sale set-up in both Fellowship Hall and West Room.  Fellowship Hour will resume with “Muffins for Mom” hosted by the Men’s Fellowship on Sunday, May 15, after Rummage Sale finishes.

HONORING MOTHERS THIS MORNING flowers will be distributed by our ushers below the front porch of our church.  Our thanks to Block’s Greenhouse & Stand for making them available and to Jim Poet for arrangements, pick-up, and delivery to the church.

WELCOME TO THIS MORNING’S ACCOMPANIEST JOHN JOANETTE, a pianist who returns to assist us with worship in the vacationing absence of organist Sally Sigman.  John will be with us this Sunday and next.

RUMMAGE SALE SORTING IS UNDERWAY throughout the week in Fellowship Hall and the West Room.  Donations of clothing and household goods that are clean and in a good state of repair are welcomed through Tuesday, May 10.  Drop-offs may be made Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and at other times by advance arrangement.  The sale opens its doors Thursday, May 12 and continues through “dollar-a-bag” day on Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m.  Volunteers are needed for both rummage sale sorting and sales days.  Contact the church office (313-291-1221) to help out or speak with Women’s Fellowship president and Trustee Toni Hill.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN GATHER IN UPSTAIRS CLASSROOMS THIS MORING FOR A LESSON, ‘GROWING IN OBEDIENCE.’  Through story, skit, song and the making of a special gift for their mothers, children will learn more about God’s commandment to obey parents.

SPRING MAY BE BARELY HERE BUT SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE ALREADY BEING SOUGHT to one-time lead a class for children in the summer weeks ahead.  All curriculum, craft 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 Cheryl Schalm to secure a date and/or for more information.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY next meets in person at the front of the sanctuary this coming Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. -12 noon.  All welcome.

ST. PAUL’S EXERCISE CLASS meets Wednesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs West Room. Can’t make it to class, but want to join us from home? Join on us ZOOM via computer internet, I-pad, or video-phone. Contact Nurse Kathy Williams (313-291-1221) for sign-on and link information.

YOUR ORDERED FLOWERS HAVE ARRIVED!  Following worship this morning, don’t forget to pick up your flowers ordered from our St. Paul Youth Group and provided by Blocks Stand & Greenhouse.  Please meet our youth at the back porch of our West Room.  Youth group members can assist you in carrying flower flats or hanging plants directly to your car.  Thanks to all who ordered flowers in support of the youth flower sale benefiting the youth summer mission trip.

CALLING ALL YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS FOR ‘HOME PLATE 2022’ NIGHT at Comerica Park, Saturday, May 14, as Tigers and Orioles (past and present) share true stories about their sports careers and personal faith walk with Jesus Christ, then meet on the field for a great ball game for all to enjoy.  Pre-game speakers from the Detroit and Baltimore teams will include Michael Fulmer, Jeimer Candelario, Andy Dirks, and Frank Tanana.  All youth/ young adults interested in our limited number of free tickets should sign up now on the youth board sheet. Adult tickets for the pre-game program and game are $20.  For more information: contact Pastor Schalm.

AN EIGHT WEEK 'MATTER OF BALANCE' CLASS will be starting up in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, June 8, 1-3 p.m.  The weekly sessions are geared towards those concerned about falling.  Information: May Tidings newsletter or Nurse Kathy Williams.

OUR UPCOMING BACCALAUREATE SERVICE HONORS ALL GRADUATES. If you or a family member is receiving a high school diploma, G.E.D., college degree, or continuing education certificate since last June, please contact Cindy Romas in the church office by  May 29 for inclusion in the Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. service.  All graduates are invited to participate in gown and mortarboard.  Forms are available on our St. Paul web page.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Dianne Sturgeon, Hayden Forsyth, Gary Peters, Dan Case, John Dubke, Teri Staffeld, Eleanor Rossi, Muriel Baxter, Loralee Wilson, Rosemarie Laslo, John Kovach, Brenda Murphy, Kyle Hard, Jeff Natzke, Sue Spears, Jeff and Maria MacZink, Gunter Berndl, Pat and Jeffrey Britt, Brydon Stull, Glen Sigman, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Laverne Roe, Tom Koths, Arthur Jensen, Loretta Kurtsel, Josh Edelbrock, Carrie Hill, Neil McEachern, Leon Kroeger, Pat Vernor, Bert Thompson, Brenda Meridth, and Kim Chichowicz.