September 17, 2023

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost/ September 17, 2023

Silent Prayer and Reflection

What unresolved anger or bitterness are you hanging onto?

Ringing of the Bell

Announcements/ Moment of Sharing  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

Welcome/ Opening Voluntary

*Call to Worship/Passing of the Peace   Peggy Staten

One: Bless the Holy One with our whole selves. Praise the Maker of our being!

All: Remember the mighty deeds and the good works of our God. One: The Sovereign One endows us with many gifts and equips us to do good work.

All: Remember the mighty deeds and the good works of our God. One: Holy Love entered the world without condemnation but with grace and forgiveness, mercy and compassion, redemption and restoration.

All: Hallelujah! We give thanks for the mighty deeds and the good works of God. (Inspired by Psalm 103)

One: The peace of Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

*Hymn No. 258  “Holy Wisdom”

*Prayer of the Day  Peggy Staten

One: Let us pray.

All: We give you thanks, O Lord, we call on your name. We will make known your deeds among the peoples. We’ll sing praises to you; we’ll tell of all your wonderful works. We seek you, Lord, and your strength; and your presence continually. We remember the wonderful works you have done, your miracles, and the judgments you uttered. You are the Lord our God; your judgments are in all the earth. Amen.

*Hymn “Jesus, Friend, So Kind and Gentle,” (insert)   

Sacrament of Holy Baptism  Pastor Cheryl Schalm

First Lesson  Psalm 103:1-13  Peggy Staten

Gospel Lesson  Matthew 18:21-35

Message “How Many Times?”

Anthem  “Be Thou My Vision,” Volunteer Choir

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. 343  “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling Thee Home”

*Dismissal with Blessing

Closing Voluntary

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





SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN are gathering upstairs for lesson, crafts, snacks, and fun.

NO COFFEE HOUR this morning due to Rummage Sale preparations.  Coffee Hour will resume on Sunday, October 8 following our worship service.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY will not meet the month of September.  Bible Study will resume Tuesday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.

BAPTIZED UNTO THE LORD, Colton Wyatt Kronemann, born November 28, 2022, to Roy and Rebecca Parant Kronemann.  Grandparents:  Walter & Janet Ray.  Great-Grandparent:  Irene Stoner.  Sibling:  Nora.

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Judy Albright, Loralee Wilson, Elaine Cowper, Barbara Schultz, LaVerne Roe, Joan Smarr, Sue Stern, Dianne Sturgeon, Jennifer Lee, Nancy Kittendorf, Bill Pattenaude, Sally Sigman, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Marybeth Staffeld Gibbs, Jerry Rossi, Wayne Jones, Vicki Simon, Shirley Robinson, Kyle Hard, Jeff Natzke, Bill Pattenaude, Neil MacEachern, Kyle Thompson & family, Randy Snelson, Ted Butkin, Kevin Siemers, Rhonda Wioncek Berndt, Jeff MacZink, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson, Margo Charette, Gabriel Siadak, Jane Zeuner, Sue Milatz, Lynn Case, Judy Kirsch, Al & Debi Petri, Claudia & Eric Flores, Abdual family, Barbara Wiley.    Side vase of altar flowers celebrates the baptism of Colton Wyatt Kronemann from Grandma and Grandpa Ray and Great-Grandma, Irene Stoner. 

WEDNESDAY EXERCISE CLASS meets at 10:30 a.m. upstairs.   All are welcome to join for fun and fellowship.

CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. No auditions and new voices are always welcome.  Contact Music Director, Tracy Hoffman.

YOUTH CANOE/ KAYAK TRIP Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship kicks off the 2023-2024 year with a trip down the Lower Huron River Sunday, September 24. Participants will meet at Pastor Schalm’s house for lunch at noon prior to heading to AtWater Paddles. Youth must sign the sheet on the youth board or contact Pastor Schalm to reserve a spot.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR Thursday, October 19, 1- 6:45 p.m. Donors are needed.  Please share and encourage others you know to donate. Hours are from 1 to 6:45 p.m. It is important to sign up ahead of time. There must be 59 days between donations. Please contact Kathy Williams, if you have questions or want her to sign you up for a time slot from 1 PM – 6:45 p.m. You can make appointments through In the upper right-hand corner, type in 48180 (the Zip code, Taylor) and click on the arrow. The left column will show dates for the Taylor area. Choose refine search ‘refine date’ range to search the calendar for October, click on ‘refine results’. It will read ‘St. Paul United Church of Christ’ Taylor, MI 48180. Click on ‘see times’. Sign up for your time slot. You will need to register & obtain a password. IDs & passwords are case sensitive. On the day of the drive, you can also download to your phone or print out a Rapid Pass prior to coming. You can read the educational materials & complete the health history online to save some time at the blood drive. If you have questions about eligibility, you can look at or contact the Red Cross blood donation center, 1-866-236-3276.

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED with the St. Paul Fall Rummage Sale which is Thursday, Friday, October 5, 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Dollar-Bag Day on Saturday, October 7, 9-11 a.m. with clean-up following. Donations are welcome through October 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 and can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall through the east side entrance. Donations should be clean and in a good state of repair. Help is needed with organization, hosting, and clean-up. To volunteer, please contact someone in the Women's or Men’s Fellowship or by calling the church office (313-291-1221). All proceeds from the rummage sale support church-related projects.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION would like the addresses of all St. Paul UCC college students and High School graduates enrolled in continuing education programs (trade school, skill programs, apprenticeships, etc.). Please forward addresses to Pastor Schalm or to the church office.



                                               Calendar Week September 17 – September 24

Sunday         Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Rev. John Martin

                       Kronemann Family Baptism 10:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday        Event-Sanctuary 6:00 p.m./ Cabinet 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 10:30 a.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Saturday      Council Retreat 9:00 a.m.

Sunday         Worship 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Carrie Orlando

                       Sunday School 10:00 a.m. / Youth Canoe & Kayak Trip 12 Noon


Reverend John Martin, Guest Minister

Chaplain, Corewell Heritage Hospital

Tracy Hoffman, Hymn leader

John Joanette, pianist

Peggy Staten, Liturgist/ Sue Mrowka, Acolyte

Jeannette Wackro, Deacon