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
Thanksgiving Eve November 23, 2016
Celebration of Worship 7:30 p.m.
SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)
PRELUDE Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist
CALL TO WORSHIP/ MOMENT OF SILENCE Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
RINGING OF BELLS
*OPENING HYMN No. 721 “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
*UNISON INVOCATION Pastor Drutchas & Congregation
Gracious God, we give thanks for your presence among us as we gather to worship
this evening. We thank you for providing us over time with so much spiritual
guidance: the words of scripture, the ways of Jesus, the tradition of the church, the
witness of faithful men and women through the ages, and the promptings of the
Holy Spirit. We confess that we have taken so many of these blessings for granted
and have been slothful, even cowardly, in applying to our daily living what you
have already shared with us. Forgive us our shortcomings. Help us in this hour
of worship to set aside sloth and selfishness and whatever other impediments get in
the way of being grateful to you and faithful to the loving, righteous example of
Jesus Christ. Amen.
*CONGREGATONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen.
EVENING ANTHEM “”Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” Chancel Choir
GOD’S WORD FOR THIS NIGHT John 6:5-13
*HYMN No. 714 “For the Fruit of All Creation”
EVENING PRAYER Pastor Drutchas
Seek ye first, the kingdom of God, and God’s righteousness
And all these things will be added unto you. Allelu, Alleluia!
Ask, and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find,
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you, Allelu, Alleluia!
READER’S THEATER “Meet the Turkey Brothers”
OFFERTORY INVITATION/ THANKS OFFERING
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.
REFLECTIONS “Thinking About Thanks,” Pastor Drutchas
*HYMN No. 695 “God of the Fertile Fields”
MOMENTS OF SHARING Scripture and Thanks
RESPONSIVE READING “Giving Thanks a Way of Life” (Insert)
*HYMN No. 715 “Now Thank We All Our God”
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen
*POSTLUDE (Please remain in your seats as the service closes and until
all of the candles are extinguished.)
RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE is available in the East Lobby
which can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before
the entrance to our new “Family Room”. Please let the ushers know of your need for additional 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:
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.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH marks the start of the Advent Season. You are invited
to come dressed in something blue, the official Advent color.