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

Rally Sunday

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 


   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 


  *congregation standing

*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. 




  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 (We Believe, The Newsboys)



     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


 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)


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