Sunday November 4, 2018

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. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost                                              November 4, 2018

Totenfest/ Memorial Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

(Nursery care available 10:30)

As the prelude begins, members of the congregation mourning a loved one who is

being memorialized today are invited to light a remembrance candle on

the altar.  Please speak with an usher if further assistance is needed.

 

  SILENT PRAYER  (Silent reverence is invited)

  PRELUDE/ RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL Sally Sigman, Organist

*CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION  Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas & Congregation

  Pastor:  As we begin our time of worship and praise, let us look for inspiration and hope in the words of God spoken to us as divine promise.

  Congregation:  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.

  I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious hand.

  Pastor:  I am the resurrection and the life:  all who believe in me, though they die, yet shall live.

  Congregation:  And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

  Pastor:  Holy God, bless us this day that we might be your servants from here to eternity.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN No. 637 “For All the Saints,” (vs. 1-3)  Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

  CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  “Taste and See,” Tracy Hoffman, Soloist (9), “Taste and See,” Chancel Choir (10:30)           

  MORNING PRAYER (Strength, Healing, Thanks)

*HYMN No. 195  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” 

OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

  SCRIPTURE READING  Revelation 21:1-7, Matthew 22:23-33, Lectors: Helen St. Louis (9),  Janet Staffeld (10:30) 

  CHIME RESPONSE  “There’s Something About That Name”

  SERMON  “Surprise Me!”  Pastor Drutchas

  HYMN No. 628  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”  

  THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

     Unison Confession of Sin (pew card)

     Invitation of Christ and Prayer of Consecration

     Response:

       One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.  

       And we, though many through out the Earth, we are one body in this one Lord.        

     Distribution of the Elements      

     Prayer of Thanksgiving     

*Doxology

       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.

  THE MEMORIAL SERVICE

       Unison Reading with Memorial Acclamations (see insert)

       Time of Remembrance/ Tolling of the Bell 

  LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

*CLOSING HYMN No. 562  “Because He Lives”  

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

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*Congregation standing

 

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AND CHANGINGROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our new “Family Room”.  Please alert the Ushers if you need assistance.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT hymnals and orders of service are available. Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM. 

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

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Anyone 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.

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Council:  John Smith (9)

Deacons:  Dee Salsbury (9), Allen Gunther (10:30)

Ushers:  Pam Foresta, Helen St. Louis, Teri Staffeld (9)

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

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

Calendar Week  November 4 – November 11

Sunday       Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Totenfest/

                     Communion/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./ Book Discussion 7:00 p.m./ Youth Retreat returns                      

Monday      Exercise 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30  p.m.

Wednesday Exercise 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation 7:00 p.m./ Chancel Choir 7:00 p.m./ Worship Wednesdays 7:00

Thursday    Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m.

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas/ Reducing the Risk Workshop 9:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Children’s Choir

                     Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. / Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.