Easter Sunday

At the Empty Tomb:

 A Responsive Reading for Easter

(John 19:41-20:18)


Leader: Now in the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.  So because of the Jewish holiday of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Congregation: On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them…

Women: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid him.”


Men: Peter than came out with the other disciple, and they went to the tomb.  They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first and stood stooping to look in, he saw the linen clothes lying and the napkin that had been on his head, not lying with the linen clothes but rolled up in a place by itself.

Congregation: Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and he believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Leader: Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

Men: They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” 

Women: She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord and I do not know they have laid him.”

Congregation: Saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Men: Jesus said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom do you seek?

Women: Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Men: Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

Women: She turned to him and said, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher).

Men: Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

Congregation: Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples…

Women: “I have seen the Lord!” … “I have seen the Lord!”   

May God bless to our understanding this reading from his word.  Amen!



St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Easter Sunday                                                                                              March 27, 2016

Celebration of Worship 7:00 & 10:00 a.m.   


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist


  CHIME INTROIT  “Jesus Lives and So Shall I”


  UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   Eternal God, we rejoice in the promise of Easter.  The healing ministry of Jesus

   cannot be put down or destroyed.  Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, your grace and 

   goodness shall yet reign over a broken world.  On this blessed morning, help us

   to be transformed by your saving love for us in Jesus Christ that we may cast

   away the anger, wrath, and malice or our old nature so that truth, righteousness,

   and compassion might guide our lives in all that we say and do.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 216  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader


  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC (7) “I Know My Redeemer Liveth,” Soloist: Mark Ennis;  

    (10) “Isn’t He Wonderful?” Children’s Choir

  SCRIPTURE / RESPONSIVE READING  John 19:41-20-18 (Insert) Lectors: Helen  

    St. Louis, Mark Ennis, and Congregation

*HYMN No. 223 “Woman Weeping in the Garden”


*congregation standing


   MORNING PRAYER  Pastor Drutchas

   SOLO  “The Holy City” Soloist: Tricia Nault


   OFFERTORY  “In the Garden”  Sally Sigman, Organist


 *HYMN No. 224  “Christ Arose!”

   SERMON  “Our Easter Surprise,” Pastor Drutchas


   ANTHEM  “Ring the Easter Bells”  Chancel Choir and Note-A-Bells


     Proclamation of God’s Love/ Consecration of Elements

     Distribution of Elements


       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.



*RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 226  “He Lives!”

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and

  until all candles are extinguished.)




Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary.


ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT Hymnals and orders of service are available.


CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turn off or set to vibrate.  Please alert the ushers if you need additional assistance.





--Albert & Elizabeth Kamin from Barbara Siemers

--Walter Siemers from Barbara Siemers

--Edward Davie from Michele & Harold McNeely, Jr.

--Janet & Harold McNeely from Michele & Harold McNeely, Jr.

--Janet & Harold McNeely, Sr. from Nichole & Chris McNeely

--Frank & Lenore Fuqua from Andrea & Kate Fuller

--Frank & Lenore Fuqua from Wendy & Gary Warner

--Eugene Wackro from Michael & Jennifer Isaacs & Family

--Louise Horvath from Michael & Jennifer Isaacs & Family

--David E. Mrowka from Sue

--Edwin E. Steinhauer from Sue & Diane

--Gaston St. Louis, Ethel St. Louis from Marjie & Charlie Barnard

--Stanley & Margaret Barnard from Marjie & Charlie Barnard

--Paul W. Sitz from wife Bev, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren

--Waine Frost from Kevin & Teri Staffeld

--Our Son & Parents from Bob & Shirley Robinson

--Gaston St. Louis from Helen St. Louis

--Valery & Ida Cousino from Helen St. Louis

--Margaret Walker from Dave Walker

--Fred Frank from your loving wife, Lois

--Beth Ann Markey from the Johnson Family

--Cynthia Ann Markey from the Johnson Family

--Caleb Childress from Mom & Dad

--Mom & Dad from LaVerne Roe

--Hazel & Charles Nowitzke from Oscar, Nancy, Mark, Christine & Grandchildren

--Ralph & Edna Herkimer from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Ralph Herkimer, Jr. from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Dwight Herkimer from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Mary Belles from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Fred & Mary Garrett from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Jordan Schalm from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Frank & Lenore Fuqua from Olivia Drapeau & Sheri Herkimer

--Clarence Fick from your Family

--Lillian Fick from your Family

--Happy Easter Lila Miller! from one of your many admirers.

--Lila Miller from Phill & Arlene Felske

--Lisa Wild from Phill & Arlene Felske

--Elizabeth Isaacs’ Confirmation from Mom, Dad, Matthew, and Kaitlyn

--Happy Easter, Mom! from your daughters Sue & Diane

--Charles Robert Markey from the Johnson family

--Lillian Fick from Shirley Havenstein

--Joan Schonfeld from Shirley Havenstein

--Miles & Irene Church




Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221

Email: stpaulucctaylor@stpaulucctaylor.org

Web-site:  stpaulucctaylor.org

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016



“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”



Deacon: Al Gunther (7), Kevin Kittendorf (10:00)  

Council:  Sue Mrowka (7), John Smith (10:00)

Ushers: St. Paul Council Members

Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.


SPECIAL FLOWERS are in honor of Miles Church completing his chemo treatments from his loving wife, Irene.  

 HOLY COMMUNION IS OFERED THIS MORNING.  Our congregation welcomes to the

 Lord’s Supper all adult, baptized Christians, regardless of Christian affiliation.  What’s simply

 asked is the during Holy Communion all participants maintain a reverent silence that affirms the

 dignity of the sacrament. 


BUILDING & GROUNDS MINISTRY HOSTS GALA EASTER BREAKFAST.  St. Paul members and friends are invited enjoy a gala Easter Breakfast in our beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall.  Breakfast is served from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  The menu includes scrambled eggs, French toast, pork sausage, bacon, sweetbreads, juice, and coffee – all freshly prepared.  Free will donation are invited and appreciated.  



Calendar Week March 27 – April 3

Sunday        Worship Service 7:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas- Easter Sunday/  

                     Communion/ Gala Easter Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Monday       Office closed/ Caregivers 7:30 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Girl Scout  

                     Troop 74590 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m.   

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.  

Thursday     Red Hat Potluck Dinner & Bunco Night 7:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service


  RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS  Thursday, March 31 Potluck Bunco – 6:30 PM in the West Room. Bring a dish to pass. We will eat first then start Bunco. Bring $5. Bunco is easy you don’t have to know how to play ahead of time. Please bring $5 for yearly dues also. There will be a sign- up sheet on the RHPA Bulletin Board. Due to Holy Week, we will meet on the 5th Thursday. Kathy  Williams is the contact for this event.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING.  Bring your offering any Sunday through-out March.  This offering is one of our United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings that assists our Christian friends in need worldwide.   It is used in the development of Health, Education, and Agriculture, and with Disaster and Refugee relief.   You will find “One Great Hour of Sharing” envelopes in the pew racks.  On behalf of the Stewardship of St. Paul … please give generously to those in need.  Remember, “God Is Still Speaking”.     Thank you.

CAREGIVERS GROUP will gather Monday, March 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  All caregivers are invited to join.

BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES ON “BOUNDARIES” BEGINS Sunday, April 17 and 24, plus May 1, 8, and 15.  One of the big complaints today is that no one has a sense of “boundaries” anymore with folks doing things they shouldn’t.  But the problems often begin with ourselves and the challenge of setting limits and deciding what’s appropriate and what’s not.  Our book discussion will focus on healthy boundary setting for the sake of ourselves and others using as a guide a new bestselling book entitled “Boundaries,” by Christian psychologists and counselors Drs.  Henry Cloud and John Townsend.  Not to be missed is their look at “Ten Laws of Boundaries” and “Common Boundary Myths.”  Other chapters focus on boundary setting with our spouses, children, co-workers, and God.  Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, all sessions will gather in the parlor from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Books are available in the church office for $10.00.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) and drop it in an offering plate.



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Harmon Beekman, Klarisa Beyar, Nancy Cady, Debbie Case, Irene Church, Miles Church, Dave Cowper, Jim Ennis, Phill Felske, Moses Flomo, Ryan Grant, Bob Harry, Doris Hilliker, Diane Hines,  Marilyn Kunkle, Leo Kuschel, Rosemarie Laslo, Sharon Leonard, Lila Miller, Lauren Moritz-Magyar, Murl Nieman, Amber Ostrowski,  Jim Pattenaude, Shirlen Powell, LaVerne Roe, Sandra Rose, Melissa Rossi, Dennis Schmoekel, Bev Sitz, Bettie Slusher, Anthony Staten, Brenda Tank, Beverly Traver, and Emily Winter. Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.


SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS BEGIN April 4thDonations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 24th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is April 28, 29, & 30th.  Please complete a Make-A-Wish card or contact any Women’s Fellowship member to volunteer.

THE MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND will be in concert at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn on April 10 at 3 PM. This event is open to all and is sponsored by the Red Hot Purple Angels.  If you have already paid for your ticket and are interested in carpooling, meet at St. Paul Church no later than 1:45 p.m.  We will depart at 2 p.m. 

ONLINE WEEKLY YOUTH BIBLE STUDY All youth (6-12 grades) interested in participating in a weekly online Bible study are asked to send Pastor Schalm their email address. Each Monday a topic affecting young people will be addressed and discussed according to scripture versus pop culture. Youth will have the opportunity to share their insights throughout the week on the subject as their schedules permit. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and to grow in the knowledge of Christ despite a hectic schedule. All communication will be done through a group email. Send your email address to cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org.

PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in the West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being received on a regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large coffee pot.

TREE OF FAITH MEMORIALS INVITED Our “Tree of Faith” offers opportunities to  

permanently memorialize or commemorate people and events of our lives that we cherish.   

Dedication cards (found in the pew racks) allow 3 lines of engraving with twenty characters

possible on each line.  The cost of each burnished gold leaf is $300.  All proceeds support our  

“Room With a View” project.




Please remember in your prayers:  Alice Clubb (Heartland, 9150 Allen Rd, Allen Park, 48101), Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd, Riverview, 48193), Sara Kauffman (Henry Ford Villiage Rehab Unit), Christina Kerr (hospice) (1545 McManus Dr, Troy, 48084), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn, 48125), Christie Smart (24739 Hickory, Dearborn, 48124), Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd, Riverview, 48193), Barbara Sullivan (Rivergate14041 , Riverview, 48193), Walter Theeck (Stone Gate, 2525 Demille Blvd, Lapeer, 48446) and Lisa Wild (Regency Telegraph, Taylor, 48180).


HEALTH MINISTRIES –. Shalom-Chronic Disease Ministries - Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor. The April meeting(s) will be on the 11th.  at 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.  A Matter of Balance for those having problems with balance or a fear of falling is scheduled to begin Monday, April 4th, 2016 12:45pm to 2:45p for 8 weeks.  Class size needs to be at least 8 participants with a max of 15. We did not have enough participants to hold the Diabetic PATH program. This program will be offered at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Trenton on Tuesdays from 6- 8:30 PM, April 16 May 24.  PATH is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and Senior Alliance. Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with long-term health problems to live a healthier life. It is a fun, interactive, six week workshop led by certified leaders. Are you diabetic or have a loved one who is? Please register for this class.  To register call Beaumont at 800.543.9355 or LaShawn Griffin at (800) 482-1455. Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes workshop is a 6 week interactive program with hands-on presentations that demonstrate the link between nutrition and health, affordable healthy eating, meal planning and cooking tips for persons with diabetes 2. Free groceries are provided. The program will be offered free of charge at Our Lady of Angels, 6442 Pelham Rd., in Taylor from 6-8 PM April 7 – May 12. You must register at 800.543.9355.  Flyers are available on the coffee table in the west lobby. Exercise Classes - Exercise is important to our health. If there is enough interest we may do Zumbato a DVD. - If you are interested, please complete a Make-a-Wish card and put it in the offering plate or contact the church office. Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, such as walkers, wheelchairs, unopened packages of diapers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact Kathy Williams.


 PETE’S PLACE DINER REWARDS program benefits St. Paul.  The program runs off a

 phone number.  When you settle your bill let the cashier know you want to participate in the

 Diner Rewards program. Leave St. Paul’s phone number (313-291-1221) and for every $50.00   

 spent, Pete’s Place will donate $5.00 to St. Paul.  The program is available at both restaurant  

 locations. For more information please speak with your server or contact the church office. 

 Enjoy a wonderful meal and benefit St. Paul!


  CHILDREN’S CHOIR meets immediately following our 10:30 a.m. worship service.  We will            

  gather upstairs at the Welcome Center.  All children are invited.  Our “Praise Choir” meets on     

  Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All youth are invited.  For more information, please contact

  Sally Sigman, Director.