Thanksgiving Eve

 

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.

  WELCOME/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

   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

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*congregation standing

  

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

   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

 *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.

  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”

*BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen, Amen, Amen

*POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your seats as the service closes and until

     all of the candles are extinguished.)

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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.