Sunday September 9, 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
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 9, 2018
Celebration of Worship 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Nursery Care available 10:30 a.m.
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Cheryl Schalm & Congregation
Leader: We remember, O God,
People: The countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through
Leader: We remember, O God,
People: The gentle strength of grandmothers, the blessing of his Spirit, the reminder of his words, the sharing of his suffering, the glory of his resurrection: shown forth in the lives of his disciples, young and old, dead and living, articulate and silent, strange and familiar, brilliant and ordinary.
Leader: We remember in every time and place the people of God who have shown us the Lord.
All: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us worship God with joy.
*OPENING HYMN No. 190 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” Hymn Leader, Tracy Hoffman
*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION Alyssa Brandt & Congregation
God, our Father, Your Son grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and
men. Bless, guide, and govern the children and young people of Your Church by
Your Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of your word.
Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for
their own sakes but for the glory of God and the welfare of their neighbor. Protect
and defend them from all danger and harm, giving your holy angels charge over
them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen. Amen. Amen.
*WELCOME / PASSING OF THE PEACE
MORNING PRAYER Kaylee Ostrowski
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC Chancel Choir (9),
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 19:13-14 Lector: Carlee Robbins
HOMILY “Let the Children Come” Pastor Schalm
SCRIPTURE READING Proverbs 22:6 Lector: Katie Stull
HOMILY “Train & Gain” Pastor Schalm
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (pew card, 10:30) Krause Family
PARENTS PRAYER Lori Kuhn & Parents (Please Stand)
Almighty God, who has ordained the home to be the center of Christian training, give us
by Your Holy Spirit the humility, the wisdom, the courage, and the love necessary to
bring up our children in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To this
end, we implore You, help us to continue in Your Word, to teach diligently to our
children, to work together with our church as it aids us to fulfill our responsibility;
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen
OFFERTORY INVITATION Anthony Staten
OFFERTORY (We Believe, The Newsboys)
DEDICATION OF GIFTS Ethan Hard
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.
SCRIPTURE James 2:14-24 Lector: Hayden Robbins
HOMILY “Faith and Works,” Pastor Schalm
MISSION TRIP REFLECTIONS Meredith Stull, Anthony Staten, Katie & Sam Kincaid
MISSION TRIP VIDEO
YOUTH PRAYER Emily Pedersen & Young People (Young people please stand)
Heavenly Father, we thank You for our mothers and fathers and pastors and
teachers, who teach us Your love in Jesus, who died on the cross to pay for our sins.
Give us a willingness to learn from, and honor and obey our parents, teachers, and
pastors out of love for Jesus. May we show by our lives and words that Jesus lives in
us, so that other people may be led to believe in Jesus as their Savior. We pray in
Jesus name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING 1Corinthians 1:26-27 Lector: Andrew Caruso
HOMILY “Christ’s Church in an Unpredictable World,” Pastor Schalm
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER Emily Winter & Congregation (Please stand)
Lord God, our spirit is willing to hear your voice and to follow You, but our flesh is
weak. We have not always been eager to hear Your Word nor to equip ourselves for
service in your kingdom on earth. For these and all our other sins, forgive us in
your mercy. Endow us with Your Holy Spirit that we may prepare ourselves for
Christian service through the study of Your Word. Help us to see the spiritual
needs of every member of this congregation, as well as those who do not yet know
the Savior, and fill us with a fervent desire to bring them Your Word through every
agency of Christian Education. Grant that by our service Your name may be
hallowed, Your kingdom enlarged, and Your will done; through Jesus Christ, Your
Son, our Lord. Amen.
HYMN No. 480 “I Love to Tell the Story”
TEACHER INSTALLATION Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas
TEACHER’S PRAYER Sheri Herkimer & Teachers
Lord God, we confess that of ourselves we cannot rightly exercise our office as public
teachers of Your Word. We pray that You would enlighten us with the gifts of the
Holy Spirit – wisdom and discretion, kindness and perseverance, patience and love –
and so guide and direct our teaching that the children committed to our charge may
be nourished in their Christian faith and equipped for useful service in your
kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER Hayley Dykowski & Congregation
CLOSING HYMN NO. 494 “They’ll Know We Are Christians”
*BENEDICTION/ *POSTLUDE (Please remain in your pews as the service closes)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP
Calendar Week September 9 – September 16
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Rally
Sunday/ Open House/ Krause Family Baptism 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School
10:30 a.m./ Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m.
Monday Shalom 1:00 p.m./ Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ TOPS 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Council 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Exercise Class 2:00 p.m./ Confirmation Orientation & Ice Cream Social 7:00
p.m./ Chance Choir 7:00 p.m. (New Voices Welcome – no auditions)
Thursday Women’s Fellowship 12:30 p.m./ Thirsty Thursdays 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Fish & Loaves Golf Outing 8:00 a.m./ Red Hat Outing 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas /
Coffee Hour 10:00 a.m./ Sunday School 10:30 a.m./ Ethan C. Drutchas
Ordination ceremony 4:00 p.m./ Reception & Activities to Follow