October 02, 2022


Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ
Taylor, Michigan – October 2, 2022


PRELUDE “Jesus is All the World to Me,” Sally Sigman, Organist




Pastor: “The Peace of Christ be with you.”

Congregation: “And also with you!”

*HYMN No. 537 “My Hope Is Built”  Tracy Hoffman, Music Director

OPENING PRAYER  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas, Senior Pastor


MORNING SCRIPTURE  Luke 12: 13-21; Matthew 19:21-30

HYMN No. 609 “Take My Life,” (verses 1-4)


ANTHEM  “Come to the Table,”  Chancel Choir 

MESSAGE  “A White Elephant Lesson,” Pastor Drutchas

HYMN No. 464 ”God of Grace and God of Glory”  (verses 1-3)



RESPONSIVE AFFIRMATION (Pastor & Congregation)

Christ for the world we sing!  The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal: The

poor and them that mourn, the faint and over-borne, sin-sick and sorrow-worn,

whom Christ doth heal.

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors) / *DOXOLOGY RESPONSE- Congregation Standing

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.

BENEDICTION/ POSTLUDE “Faith is the Victory”




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 WE SHARE COMMUNION, observing an “open” sacrament welcoming all adult baptized Christians with membership in this congregation not required to partake of the bread and cup.  Those worshiping livestreamed at home with us are invited to make use of bread and juice from their household kitchens which will be consecrated and blessed through communion prayer.

NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR THIS MORNING due to Spring Rummage Sale set-up in both Fellowship Hall and West Room.  Fellowship Hour will resume on Sunday, October 9, after Rummage Sale finishes.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN gather in the IAM Theater this morning for a movie and popcorn and their morning Bible lesson with Ms. Cindy. All pre-school through fifth grade students meet in the Theater upstairs, 6th & 7th grade students gather with Mrs. Lori Rogers in the center classroom.  8th & 9th grade students will be meeting up with Mrs. Doreen Thompson in the Confirmation classroom, adjoining the upstairs West Lobby.

LAST DAY RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS may be dropped off at the church, is 12 noon on Tuesday, October 3. Please use the East door and place your donations on the appropriate Fellowship Hall table as indicated by the signage.  The sale is upcoming, October 6-8.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.

OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED MISSION OFFERING will be received any Sunday throughout the month of October. It assists our American Indian Ministries and supports education, justice, peace, and the rights of the poor and needy. Information about the NIN Offering, and an envelope, are in the October Tidings. You will also find NIN envelopes in the pew racks. On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul, please give as generously as you are able, to those in need. Thank You.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 a.m., in the upstairs classroom.  Newcomers welcomed!

NO EXERCISE CLASS on Wednesday, October 5 and 12.  Class will resume on October 19 in the West Room, 10:30 a.m.

CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS are Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m., West Room.  New voices always welcome.  No auditions required.  For more information contact music director, Tracy Hoffman.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Dan Case, Daisy Stedman, Dianne Sturgeon, Sheila Klimek, Vicki Simon, Glen Sigman, Linda Tank, Nancy Rabb, Debi Petri, Gloria Lakatos, Dorothy Evison, Joan Smarr, Shirley Robinson, Neil MacEachern, Sandi Rose, Jeff MacZink, Kyle Hard, Jerry Rossi, Eleanor Rossi, Hayden Forsyth, Teri Staffeld, Bob Robinson, Jeff Natzke, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Karen Collett, Diane St. Louis, Susan Barnard, Marcie Bolen, Raymond Harmon, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Harold Fick, Laverne Roe, Carl Smith, Loretta Kurtsel, and for all Floridians facing hurricane Ian and its aftermath.  CONDOLENCES: Marge Bergman, brother Tom Block and Block family on the loss of Janet Brown, who passed away September 19, 2022, at the age of 95 years. Service: Friday, October 7, Crane Funeral Home, 36885 Goddard Rd., Romulus.  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Betty Hagerty, Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m. at the Wayne Masonic Temple, 37137 Palmer, Westland, 48186.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD kicks off on October 30. Shoe boxes and materials will be available in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. A HUGE Thank You to Jane Dykowski for wrapping and preparing all the shoe boxes.

TRUNK OR TREAT is Sunday, October 30, 5 p.m. in the circular drive. Please register your trunk or your family’s participation by signing the sheet located on the upstairs Welcome Center desk or by contacting Pastor Schalm or Sheri Herkimer. Candy donations can be dropped in the church office or at the Welcome Center desk.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help host Fellowship periods following worship.  Donuts and brewed coffee are already provided. Hosts simply need to serve the refreshments with clean up afterwards.  For more information or to volunteer speak with Elder Barbara Schultz.

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.