October 16, 2022

Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost
October 16, 2022




PRELUDE  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,”  Sally Sigman, organist



OPENING HYMN No. 579 “Standing In The Need Of Prayer” Hymn Leader: Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


Loving and generous God, You are the font of every blessing, the source of all we have.  Your breath gives us life, Your love gives us courage and strength, healing and compassion.  You care for us like a loving parent and feed our spirits, our minds, and our bodies.  We thank you for Your abundance given freely to all.  Help us to be humble and loving ambassadors of Your kingdom.  In all things, reflecting your image and modeling Your Son’s example. Amen. 

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you.

Congregation: And also with you!



OFFERTORY/DEDICATION OF GIFTS                                                                                        


Praise God from who all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.                                                                                                     

HYMN No. 565  “If You Will Trust In God To Guide You”                                                                                      

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas                                                                                                                                                    

SPECIAL MUSIC “Blessing In the Thorn,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

MORNING SCRIPTURE  Genesis 13:14-17, 15:5-6;   James 1:1-7

MORNING PRAYER/ MEMORIAL PRAYER (Glen Sigman, Arlene Felske)                                                                                                                                                            

HYMN No. 581 “Near The Heart of God”

SCRIPTURE  Luke 11:9-10 Lector:

MESSAGE  Spiritual Searching,” Pastor Cheryl Schalm

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

CLOSING HYMN No. 713 “God Of Our Life”






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 the Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy coffee, donuts, and good fellowship.

‘GOD IS MIGHTY’ IS THIS MORNING’S SUNDAY SCHOOL THEME as our children practice “faith in motion” during their class rotation with teacher Sheri Herkimer.

A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED OUR ST. PAUL CHILDREN HELP WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN in their hurricane relief efforts through your chocolate chip cookies orders and donations.  In this mission outreach our children learned anew the importance of putting our Christian faith in action, caring for others near and far

OUR HALLOWEEN-SAFE TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT is Sunday, October 30, 5 p.m. in the circular drive. Please register your trunk or your family’s participation by signing up at 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.

OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN) MISSION OFFERING will be received any Sunday throughout October. It assists our UCC American Indian Ministries, supporting education, justice, peace, and the rights of the poor and needy. Information about the NIN offering information and envelope, are in the October Tidings and pew racks. On behalf of our church’s faithful outreach please give as generously as you are able to those in need.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Dan Case, Daisy Stedman, Dianne Sturgeon, Sheila Klimek, Vicki Simon, Linda Tank, Nancy Rabb, Mandy Ajulu, Gloria Lakatos, Miles Church, Joan Smarr, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Jerry Rossi, Hayden Forsyth, Teri Staffeld, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Sandi Rose, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Karen Collett, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Larry Kurtsel, Loretta Kurtsel, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Diane St. Louis, Susan Barnard, Marcie Bolen, Raymond Harmon, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.  Happy Birthday: Doreen Thompson and Reece MacZink. Condolences: Larry and Loretta Kurtsel on the passing of brother-in-law, Lyn Bloch; to the Family and friends of Arlene Felske who passed October 7, 2022, at the age of 78 years. MEMORIAL SERVICE for Cindy Winter’s father, Laurence Yax, Martenson Funeral Home-Allen Park, Saturday, October 22, 12 noon.

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 preparing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for us.  For more information about how you can help an overseas child overseas receive a Christmas box adding to their holiday joy, call Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

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.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m., in the West Room.  Newcomers welcomed!

EXERCISE CLASS resumes on Wednesday, October 19 in the West Room, 10:30 a.m.

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

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 contact 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.