May 19, 2024

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Pentecost Sunday/ May 19, 2024

 

Silent Prayer and Reflection

It is Pentecost once again. People of God get ready: The Holy Spirit is at work doing a new thing, re-forming us as church, reigniting our passion and fire for the gospel, and giving us a new language that speaks to this age, our time, and our contexts.

Ringing of the Bell

Welcome/  Announcements                                    Rev. Linda Anderson

Opening Voluntary

*Call to Worship                                                 Kathy Williams, liturgist
One: Come from east and west, north and south!
All: From everywhere God has placed us, with everything God has given us, as the people God made us—we come.
One: Come, receive again the gift of grace!
All: Not for owning, not for boasting, but for celebrating—we come.
One: Come, discover again the way that leads to life!
All: Remembering who we are, seeking who we are yet to be—we come. 

*Hymn No. 110  “You Servants of God”

*Prayer of the Day                                               Kathy Williams, liturgist

 O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

First Lesson Ezekiel 37:1-14                                Kathy Williams, liturgist

Gospel Lesson Acts 2:1-21
Message  “Amazed, Astonished and Able,”                     Rev. Anderson

*Hymn No. 237 “On Pentecost They Gathered”                                                 

Choir Anthem “Offertory”

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.

Holy Communion/  (see insert)

Hymn No. 259 “Spirit of the Living God”

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

Special Music/ Piano Solo

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. 442  “We Are Walking” (singing, praying)

*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 at the close of service.

Call to Confession

When we come together to confess our sin, we find that the closed room of our minds and the locked door of our spirits burst open, making room for the Spirit of God to run wild. When we think we can contain God, we deceive only ourselves—the Spirit is here, and calls us to join the dance. Before God, with the people of God, let us lay down our burdens of brokenness and join with what God is doing. Let us pray.

Confession

The wind blows and we hear the sound of it, but we do not know where it comes from.
We try to explain it away, but even our own breath speaks of new things we cannot understand.
We may be together in one place, but we do not speak with one voice, we do not listen with one heart.
We hear, and dismiss, your deeds of power, your call to love those who are different, your insistence that the whole world be included.
You pour out your Spirit, and we squash the vision—it is too big, too unrealistic, too uncertain, too unruly.
You send visions of a future with hope, and we look back instead.
You light the way, and we look for a fire extinguisher, trying to keep ourselves (and you!) safe.
Forgive us, O God. We long for your new life, but we do not know how to live it.

~silence~

Rush into this place again and fill every nook and cranny with dreams and visions of possibility.
Turn our hushed whispers into proclamations of your grace, in every language of the world.
Lead us out into your future. Amen. 

Words of Assurance

This is the promise: “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh—young and old, men and women, rich and poor—and all people will see.” This promise is for you, and for us. No matter who we are or where we have been, the Spirit of the Living God falls fresh, with mercies new every morning. Know that you are forgiven, and let the Spirit speak through you!
Thanks be to God. Amen.

 


 

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.  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.

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

                                               Calendar Week May 19  – May 26

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

                      Communion/ Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m./Hands on only

CPR 11:00 – West Room/ Christian Education & Teacher Meeting 11:15-Parlor

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      Every Daughter Banquet - doors open 5:30 p.m.

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

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

SERVING YOU IN WORSHIP TODAY

Rev. Linda Anderson, Interim Senior Pastor
Tracy Hoffman, Music Director; John Joannette, Pianist
Kathy Williams, Liturgist; Jane Dykowski, Council Rep; Jennifer Ruffner, Deacon

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 everyone 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.

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 late summer/ early fall to schedule classes.
SECOND EXERCISE CLASS begins June 6, first Thursday of the month.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Robert Black, Christine Schwab, Fred Miller, Sandi Rose, Lois Rice, Carol Wioncek, Sally Sigman, Joan Smarr, Pam Pierce, Justine Kimbler, Susan & Dennis Bennett, Diane Brainard, Tony Koths, Kim & Ron Cichowicz, Brody Howell, Alicia Hagen, 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.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH DESIGNATED AS “MISSION SUNDAY” and items collected will be blessed at that time. Today we will recognize and bless all items donated to “Hero’s Closet.”  This is a program that offers everything from all types of clothing (formal ware to leisure ware) and personal items to household goods to veterans at no cost.  June’s Mission: Diapers for Jesus’ baby shower.  We will collect baby items (diapers/ wipes, etc.) to celebrate Jesus’ half birthday.  All items will go to single moms and babies in foster care.  A donation box is in the Narthex for anyone interested in donating.  Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions.

LAST SUNDAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR OUR EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET. All ladies 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 the fun. A buffet-style dinner will be served. $5 per person. Children 5 years and younger are free.   Tickets can be purchased at the Kiosk in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or contact Dan Case. Advance ticket purchase is required, no tickets will be sold at the door. This year’s “Every Daughter Banquet” is being jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and the Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

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 www.stpaulucctaylor.org/giving, 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.