November 27, 2022

First Advent Sunday
Sanctuary & Livestreamed Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
November 27, 2022

 

PRELUDE  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” John Joanette, Guest Pianist

RINIGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

WELCOME TO FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING / CALL TO WORSHIP

OPENING HYMN No. 119 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

OPENING PRAYER / PASSING OF THE PEACE

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.  Congregation: And also with you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

SCRIPTURE John 1:1-5

LIGHTING OF THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE

HYMN No. 128  “One Candle is Lit”

MORNING PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.

SCRIPTURE Matthew 1:1-17

LIGHTING OF THE STAR

HYMN No. “Christians All, Your Lord is Coming”

A TIME OF TITHES & OFFERINGS / 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.

MESSAGE  “A Fresh, Resolute Faith,” Pastor Drutchas

ANTHEM  “I Wonder as I Wander,”  Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE  Isaiah 9:6-7

LIGHTING OF THE TREES

HYMN No. 142 “People, Look East”

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “This is a Day of New Beginnings,” John Joanette, Pianist

 


 

ST. PAUL MORNING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS – November 27, 2022

 

WELCOME TO ALL SHARING TODAY’S SERVICE BOTH IN PERSON AND THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMING.  Our 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 (stpaulucctaylor.org) with a video recording of our worship together also posted by Sunday afternoon.

THIS MORNING’S FELLOWSHIP HOUR immediately following our worship service will be hosted in Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy coffee, donuts, and good fellowship. Church decorating will also be underway. 

STEWARDSHIP FAITH COMMITMENT CARDS will be received throughout November.
Everyone is encouraged to complete a Faith Commitment card and drop it in the Narthex tithe box or return it to the office.

‘PREPARING FOR CHRIST’S BIRTH’ will be this morning’s Sunday School theme.  Along with their lesson, our Sunday School children will begin rehearsing for the Christmas Pageant.

OUR ST. PAUL CONGREGATION IS HOSTING A WEEK OF SUPPERS for the ChristNet Homeless Shelter, Sunday, November 27 through Saturday December 3.  Volunteers are needed to prepare 25 suppers in our church kitchen for delivery to shelter housing.  To volunteer, please sign a Make-A-Wish card from your pew and drop it into the narthex tithe box or return it to the church office.

RESERVE YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA TODAY to honor or remember someone dear to you. Using the white envelopes in the sanctuary pew racks, please indicate your dedication request and enclose $10 for your flower purchase no later than Friday, December 9.  The poinsettias will decorate the chancel through Christmas Eve and can be picked up at that time.  A roster listing all dedications will be included in the Christmas Eve Morning Tide and posted on our website throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas.

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED as our congregation hosts ‘St. Paul Day’ at the Downriver’s finest holiday display in Taylor’s Heritage Park, Saturday, December 10, 12-7 p.m.  To volunteer, please complete a ‘Make-A-Wish card from the sanctuary pews and drop it in the narthex tithe box or return it to the church office.  Questions about volunteering?  Call Pastor Geoff Drutchas (313-291-1221).

THE COMMUNION SACRAMENT TO BE SHARED NEXT SUNDAY with sealed ‘kits’ available from the ushers upon arrival.  All communion elements, whether provided or improvised from home kitchens, will be consecrated with prayer.  Our St. Paul congregation observes an “open” communion: church membership is not required to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

ALL UNWRAPPED AND TAGGED SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE GIFTS are due by Sunday, December 4 for delivery the next day.  Gifts should be placed in the tub located in Fellowship Hall.  For more information please contact Pastor Schalm.

OUR HAT & GLOVE DRIVE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED CONTINUES.  Scarves and under-garments are welcomed too!  Collected by our Sunday School, all items will be donated to the Salvation Army on December 5 to be included in their holiday shop for families in need.  Donations can be dropped in the collection bucket located upstairs at the Welcome Center or dropped at the bottom of the stairs.  For more information, please contact Pastor Schalm.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesday, November 29, 10:30-12 noon in the West Room.

EXERCISE CLASS RESUMES Wednesday, November 30, Fellowship Hall, 10:30 a.m.

ST. PAUL COUNCIL NOMINEES are being sought for Second Vice President, Secretary, Elder, Deacon, and Trustee positions – all for three-year terms beginning January 2023. Please consider serving our church and ministry in this vital, faithful way. For more information regarding positions duties or to offer nominations, please speak (313-291-1221) with Trustee and past president, Fred Miller.

OUR YOUTH-SPONSORED CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK will be held following the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 18.  Our St. Paul youth are seeking donations of baked cookies.  All cookies can be dropped in the West Room on December 18.  Please mark all cookie donations with a tag that reads ‘Cookie Walk.’  Those who wish to purchase a $10.00 bucket of cookies will be able to do so after the pageant. For more information, please contact Pastor Schalm.

FIFTY-FOUR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOXES were delivered to the collection center last Sunday.  Thanks to all who so generously filled a shoe box for a child in need.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Sally Sigman, Miles Church, Dan Case, Gloria Lakatos, Beverly Sitz, Debbie Case, Dorothy Evison, Linda Tank, Dianne Sturgeon, Shelly Wilson, Jerry Rossi, Sheila Klimek, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Carol Hoffman, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Eleanor Rossi, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Kevin Siemers, Sandi Rose, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Sidak, Larry Kurtsel, Loretta Kurtsel, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Cliff Barnard, Susan Barnard, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri, Joseph Gawne.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY for post-high school students meets on Mondays, 7 p.m. at Pastor Schalm’s home. All post high-school young adults are welcomed and encouraged to join the group.

NOT FORGETTING THE COVID SPIKE which touched our own congregation this past summer, church members and friends are welcome to mask for sanctuary worship, also making use, if preferred, of several roped pews at our sanctuary’s center.  Masks and hand-sanitizer are available at the entrances to the church. See any Deacon or Usher for assistance.

FOR SECURITY REASONS our sanctuary’s front and east doors will be locked ten minutes after the start of morning worship. Those arriving late are asked to telephone the deacons and ushers (313-291-1221) or knock.  To exit out of these doors simply push the bar across them. Throughout the service, our deacons remain attentive on our behalf to any and all security concerns.