October 23, 2022

Order of Service
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship
Twenty-first Sunday of Pentecost
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
October 23, 2022



PRELUDE  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” Sally Sigman, organist




  Pastor: “May the Peace of Christ be with you.

  Congregation: “And also with you!”

*HYMN No. 197 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director           

OPENING PRAYER  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas


*HYMN No. 200  “What Wondrous Love Is This”

MORNING SCRIPTURE  1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Matthew 10:32-33, 8-39

HYMN No. 195  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross



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.


ANTHEM  “Guide Me O, Thou Great Jehovah,”  Chancel Choir

MESSAGE  “Carry Your Cross,” Pastor Drutchas

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

*HYMN No. 548 “The Old Rugged Cross”


POSTLUDE “Lift High the Cross”





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.

‘SPROUTING IN FAITH’ is this morning’s Sunday School theme. Through message, music, prayer, and some fun hands-on activities the children will be sprouting their own seed of faith.

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.

SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS are receiving Bibles October 30 as part of the Reformation Sunday worship service. Please contact Pastor Schalm if you have a sixth grade child not currently registered in the Sunday School program.

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.

OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN) MISSION OFFERING is invited 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, Don Babin, Dianne Sturgeon, Sheila Klimek, Vicki Simon, Linda Tank, Nancy Rabb, Mandy Ajulu, Gloria Lakatos, Miles Church, Joan Smarr, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Eleanor Rossi, Jerry Rossi, Janet Enesey, Hayden Forsyth, Jeff Natzke, Neil MacEachern, Jeannette Wackro, Al Wierzbicki, Sandi Rose, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, David Long, Karen Collett, Wayne Jones, Margo Charette, Larry Kurtsel, Loretta Kurtsel, Carl Smith, Brenda Stockwell, Diane St. Louis, Susan Barnard,  Raymond Harmon, Steve Matney, Judy Kirsch, Debi Petri.   

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 25, 10:30 a.m., in the West Room.  Newcomers welcomed!

EXERCISE CLASS resumes on Wednesday, October 26 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