May 14, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sixth Sunday of Easter/ May 14, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

Do I see myself and the other as God’s child?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements  Rev. George Reed


Prelude Beverly M. Glenn, organist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace  Lector:  Debbie Case

One:  As a mother hen, God calls us to come and find shelter.

All:  We come at God’s call to gather in the shelter of God’s  wings.

   One:  As a mother eagle, God teaches us to fly.

All:  In God’s loving presence we will learn to soar.

   One:  Through all generations God cares for the children of the earth.

All:  In God’s name we will care for God’s little ones.

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 263 “Surely the Presence of the Lord

*Prayer of the Day  Lector:  Debbie Case

One: Let us pray.

All: O God in whom we live and move and have our being:

          Grant us the faith to trust in your nurturing love. Amen.

Anthem  “Thy Will Be Done,”  Chancel Choir, Tracy Hoffman, Music  Director

First Lesson: Acts 17:22-31  Lector:  Debbie Case

Gospel Lesson: John 14:15-21

Message: “The Offspring of Love,” Rev. Reed

*Hymn No. 70  “God of the Sparrow God of the Whale” (all 6 verses)

 Cradle Roll

A Tinkling of Bells/ Blessing of the Infants and Families

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. 227  “In the Garden”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Postlude  Beverly M. Glenn, organist

Recessional: Please remain in your pews as the Light of Christ leads

the way into the world followed by our Pastor and Choir at the close

of service.




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

COFFEE HOUR this morning follows our worship service in Fellowship Hall.  Coffee, tea, donuts, and other refreshments served. We will be honoring all mothers with a Muffins for Moms continental breakfast, hosted by Men’s Fellowship Ministry. All are welcome.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Kathy Williams, Angel Staten, Sue Stern, Dorothy Evison, Sandi Rose, Dianne Sturgeon, Jennifer Lee, Nancy Kittendorf, Bill Pattenaude, Loralee Wilson, David Kulhanek, Kim Beyar, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Jerry Rossi, Sheila Klimek, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Cliff Barnard, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Loretta Kurtsel, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.    

CADLE ROLL SERVICE HONORS NEWBORNS born over the last year to members of our congregation. Parents are invited to bring their child to the front of the sanctuary as his or her name is read and the congregation tinkles hand-held bells in their honor.

SEWING GUILD Sew ‘n Sews will gather Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. in the West Room. Bring a sandwich, dessert and coffee are provided.  No sewing experience necessary. Join us for ‘food for thought.”  Contact Sharon Leonard, chairwoman, for more info.

USHERS NEEDED TO ASSIST with Sunday morning worship services.  If you would like to volunteer or more information, please contact Senior Deacon, Jennifer Ruffner or the church office (313.291.1221).  Any time you can donate is greatly appreciated.

PLEASE REVIEW YOUR INFORMATION IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY and contact the Office for any updates or corrections.  Have you moved?  Changed phone numbers?  We will be submitting information for a new directory soon.

OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY will be ready for publication in June, 2023. Anyone interested in placing an advertisement or personal message in our new directory should call Jill Garner at (800) 544-6903 ext.109 toll free or email her at Your current ad or business card could be used or help in making up an ad or a new ad could be arranged. Please feel free to pass this information on to others. Advertisers do not need to be members.

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A “CHAT WITH REV. REED” Over the upcoming weeks we will have small gatherings of 6/8 people for a “Chat with Rev. Reed".  This will give Rev. Reed an opportunity to get to know you and put names to faces.  It will also give you a chance to get to know him a little better too. These gatherings should last about an hour.  The search committee has put together several dates/times for these gatherings.  The dates/times are as follows: Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 4, 11:15 a.m. Sign-up in the narthex on Sunday or call the church office.  If we run out of days/dates and there are still more who wish to participate we will add more dates until all those interested have attended.

GRADUATE NAMES NEEDED FOR OUR PRINTED ROSTER If you or a family member are 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 30 for inclusion in the Baccalaureate/Youth Sunday Service, June 4.   All graduates are invited to participate in gown and mortarboard.  Forms are available from an usher or on our web page.


William Paul Staffeld, born May 10, 2022, to Matthew and Jessica Staffeld.  St. Paul grandparents: Doug and Janet Staffeld.

Colton Wyatt Kronemann, born November 28, 2022, to Roy and Rebecca Parant Kromemann. St. Paul grandparents:  Walter Ray and Janet Parant.  St. Paul great-grandparent:  Irene Stoner.  Sibling:  Nora.

Liam Jacob Rischel, born December 16, 2022, to Jacob Rischel and DeAnna Schalm.  St. Paul Grandparents:  James and Cheryl Schalm.  St. Paul great-grandparent:  Pat Herkimer.

MEDITATION MONDAY’S YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY & FELLOWSHIP CONTINUES MEETING WEEKLY at Pastor Schalm’s home, Mondays, 7 p.m.  All post-High School young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join.

LECTORS ARE ALSO NEEDED for Sunday morning worship services.  If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please contact Rev. Reed or Cindy Romas in the church office.  No experience needed.  All information is provided to you.

‘THANK YOU’ TO EVERYONE WHO ORDERED FLOWERS AND PLANTS in support of the Youth Summer Mission Trip 2023.  A huge “Thank You” to Candace Poet for chairing the fundraiser and to all who helped with it!

THE ST. CONSTANCE USHERS CLUB (Jeannette Wackro, Al Wierzbicki) is hosting their annual Family Hoedown on Sunday, May 21, 2023, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 each.  Kids 5 years and under are free.  St. Constance is located at 21555 Kinyon, Taylor, 48180. Hope you can join us for an evening of family fun.

HOWE-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES is hosting appetizers and information Tuesday, May 23, 4-5 p.m., 9800 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, 48180.  Stop by for a thoughtful discussion about the benefits of advanced funeral planning. Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Community Relations Director, E. London at 313-561-1500 or


                                               Calendar Week May 14 – May 21

Sunday        Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. George Reed

                     Cradle Roll/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m./ Flower-Plant Pick up 11:00 a.m./

                     Muffins for Moms/ Mother’s Day

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday      Sewing Guild Sew ‘n Sews 10:00 a.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. George Reed

                      Sunday School 10:00 a.m.