Sunday May 28, 2017


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

 Seventh Sunday of Easter                                                                             May 28, 2017

 Memorial Weekend

Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist

   CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas 


   UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

   Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.  Make us always                

   remember your generosity and constantly do your will.  Bless our land with   

   honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life.  Save us from  

   violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every evil  

   course of action.  Make us who came from many nations with many different  

   languages a united people.  Defend our liberties and give those whom we have

   entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might  

   be justice and peace in our land.  When times are prosperous, let our hearts be

   thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.  We ask all this  

   through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.     

 *PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 725  “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand,”   

   Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader




*Congregation standing     

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,”  

        Chancel Choir  (10:30)

    SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 1:6-14; John 17:1-11 Lectors: Jeanne Edwards (10:30)

*HYMN No. 102  “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”   

  MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks)


  Your words to me are life and health; pour strength into my soul; enable, guide, 

   and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal! 



       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.

  SERMON  “Return to the Shack,”  Pastor Drutchas

*HYMN No. 512  “When Aimless Violence Takes Those We Love”

  A SALUTE TO VETERANS  (Veterans are invited to stand, if possible)

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)


       Honoring those who have given their lives for our nation

*RECESSIONAL HYMN No. 720  “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”  


*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until all of the candles are extinguished.)



HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.


of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.  


Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of membership or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas. 



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221 



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Seventh Easter of Sunday/ May 28, 2017



   Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Marjie

   Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Virginia Creeger (mother of Ann Schmoekel), Scotty

   Dreaver, Shirley Drobil, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Ollie Hilliker, Corrine

   Holden, Sue Kuschel (Vibra, Beaumont, Taylor),  Michelle Mellin, Kathy Peters,

   Shirlen Powell, Joan Rensel (Henry Ford, Wyandotte), Shirley Robinson, LaVerne   

   Roe, Eleanor Rossi, Ann Schmoekel, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin

   Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Dave Walker (Oakwood Commons, Dearborn), and Shelly

   Wilson. 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. 


    PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION for light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall between morning worship services, sponsored by our Red Hot Purple Angels.

   ROSE ON THE PULPIT celebrates the birth of Paisley Rose, born May 25, 2017 to Lauren Alderman and Austin Ortega.  St. Paul Grandmother is Brenda Tank.  St. Paul Great-Grand-mother is Beverly Libby. 

   NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH, between services, our congregation honors our retiring Director of Music, Mark Ennis, with a gala reception in Fellowship Hall 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Your attendance is most important of all.  Help is also needed in hosting the reception.  Home baked goods are also invited to add to the variety of refreshments served.  Please  complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) to volunteer as a host or to let us know that you will be lending your baking talents to a beautiful occasion. 

   ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM’S THIRTEENTH SEASON UNDERWAY.   Tuesday, May 30th game is at 9:00 p.m. on the front field at Thorn Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  The schedule is posted on the Market Place Bulletin in Fellowship Hall. Come out and cheer them on!  

GRADUATE INFORMATION REQUESTED.  If you or someone in your family is receiving a degree this spring, or has received a degree since last June (including a G.E.D.), please contact Cindy Romas in the church office (313-291-1221) no later than Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  All graduates are invited to participate in Sunday morning worship on June 12th in gown and mortarboard.

THE ST. PAUL WI-FI PASSWORD was changed in accordance with our IT Policy.  Please contact the church office to get the new Password or contact Dan Case, Michael Isaacs, or Gary Peters during Coffee Hour or after worship services.  St. Paul IT Ministry.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE  Despite the rain and freezing weather, this year’s Spring Rummage Sale was a tremendous success.  The Women’s and Men’s Fellowship ministries would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to all the volunteers who worked the Rummage Sale.  People interested in joining either organization should contact the Church office at (313) 291-1221 or fill out a Make-a-Wish card (located in the pew racks).

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now receive  your Church related e-mails from “”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case. 

 BUILDING & GROUNDS TO TRIM TREES The Building and Grounds Ministry is looking for Volunteers to help trim trees on the Church Property Saturday, June 10th from  9:00 - Noon. All equipment will be provided all you need is to provide some elbow grease.  Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.

 “JUNE FLING’ TO DETROIT PLANNED St. Paul members interested in taking a first-hand look at Detroit’s renaissance are invited to join a “June Fling” bus tour of Downtown, Mid-town, and New Center Detroit on Wednesday, June 21, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Led by Pastor Geoff Drutchas, the tour will include a ride on the new Q-line trolley along Woodward Avenue, a visit to the Detroit Historical Museum, and lunch Downtown. The tour is in cooperation with the William D. Ford Senior Center. Cost is expected to be $10, excluding lunch. Available seats aboard the tour bus are limited to 20. You are encouraged to sign up early by contacting the church office (313-291-1221).