May 21, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
 Seventh Sunday of Easter/ May 21, 2023


Silent Prayer and Reflection

What do I see as the purpose of the Church?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements  Rev. George Reed


Prelude  Beverly M. Glenn, organist

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace  Lector:  Pam Lange

One: Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God.

All: Sing to God who is parent to orphans and protector to widows.   

One: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to our God.

All: Listen, God speaks with a mighty voice.                                    

 One: Awesome is God in the holy sanctuary.

All: God gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!  

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 5 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” (all verses) Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

*Prayer of the Day  Lector:  Pam Lange

One: Let us pray.

All: O God who is ever one while being three:

Grant us the grace to live in true unity with you

so that we may be your presence to those around us. Amen.

Anthem  “Jesus Name Above All Names,”  Chancel Choir

First Lesson: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23 Lector:  Pam Lange

Gospel Lesson: Luke 24:44-53

Message: “Eyes of the Heart Enlightened,”  Rev. Reed

*Hymn No. 586 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

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. 602 “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” (all verses)

*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. 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, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Susan Barnard, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.    Condolences to the family and friends of Loretta Kurtsel who passed away May 16, 2023, at the age of 82 years.  Visitation is Monday, May 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bobcean Funeral Home, 26307 Huron River Drive, Flat Rock.  Funeral service, 2 p.m.  at the Funeral Home.

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.

OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY will be ready for publication 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.

A “CHAT WITH REV. REED” doesn’t have any available dates/ times. If you wish to participate, please contact the church office and we’ll schedule a date/time in the near future.

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.

YOUTH AND SENIOR TRIP TO EASTERN MARKET Saturday, June 3, 8 a.m. meet at church; 8:15 a.m. departure. Detroiters have flocked to Detroit’s Eastern Market since 1841, making this urban farmers’ market one of the nation’s oldest. There is more than just shopping awaiting visitors to this more than 150-year-old Detroit landmark. There are flowers, food, arts & crafts and so much more! PLEASE REGISTER BY SIGNING THE SHEET AT THE KIOSK DURING COFFEE HOUR OR BY CONTACTING PASTOR SCHALM.

MATINEE AT ST. PAUL, “ Jesus Revolution,” Sunday, June 4 we will gather for pizza, popcorn and the fantastic, true story of the “Jesus Revolution” following service (noon). This is a must see that everyone will truly enjoy. PLEASE REGISTER BY SIGNING THE SHEET AT THE KIOSK DURING COFFEE HOUR OR BY CONTACTING PASTOR SCHALM.

BOOK & BIBLE STUDY, Beginning Monday, June 5 we will gather in the church parlor at 7:00 p.m. for discussion, reflection, and revelations as we read and share the book “Jesus Wept” and its correlation with scripture. Author Bruce Marchiano answers the question hurting people have been asking for centuries: Where is God when I hurt? Please join us as we uncover scriptural evidence leading to the answer. PLEASE REGISTER BY SIGNING THE SHEET AT THE KIOSK DURING COFFEE HOUR OR BY CONTACTING PASTOR SCHALM.

THE ST. CONSTANCE USHERS CLUB (Jeannette Wackro, Al Wierzbicki) is hosting their annual Family Hoedown Sunday, May 21, 2023, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 each.  Kids 5 and under are free.  St. Constance, 21555 Kinyon, Taylor. 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.  Space is limited,   please RSVP 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 21 – May 28

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

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

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

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./ Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.