The New Testament is full of echoes of important Old Testament texts, but 1 Peter 2:2-10 packs a number of these colorful and evocative allusions into a particularly dense set of verses. After commanding the reader to long for the pure spiritual milk, Peter proceeds to describe Jesus as a once discarded stone but now living cornerstone, and his people as living stones being built up into a new permanent temple. The Church, like Jesus himself, was once discarded and useless but has now become an essential part of God's plan to insert himself into his world.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 7, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Isaiah 44:21-23
Psalm reading is from Psalm 146
Acts reading is from Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60
Epistle reading is from 1 Peter 2:2–10
Holy Gospel is from John 14:1–14


A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Text and tune by Martin Luther
Public domain
My Savior's Love
Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa
© 2019 Getty Music Hymns and Songs
Getty Music Publishing, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Messenger Hymns
Used with permission, One License #728607-A
Before You I Kneel
Jeffrey J. Taylor, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
© 2012 Getty Music Publishing, Seek 1st, Townend Songs
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Just as I Am, without One Plea
Text by Charlotte Elliott
Tune by William B. Bradbury
Public domain
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Text: Liturgy of St. James, 5th century
Tune: French, 17th century
Public domain
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Text: Omer E. Westendorf
© 1964 World Library Publications, used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Tune: Welsh, public domain


Gloria in Excelsis
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Agnus Dei
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Nunc Dimittis


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Sunday, May 7:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Adult Bible Study and Sunday School: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Youth Confirmation: 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM


New Member Class: 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, May 9:
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday, May 10:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Annual Yard Sale

The Yard Sale will be on Saturday, June 17. Items can be dropped off at church the week before. Funds raised will help with expenses for the Mission Trip and the 2025 Youth Gathering.

Community Groups

There is a community group ready to welcome you! If you are interested in joining a group, please contact Shanna at for locations and times available, or call the church office.

How to Read the Bible – Craving Answers, Craving God

In your personal Bible study, do you struggle to understand the meaning of the text? Have you started to read your Bible only to become frustrated and give up? On our most recent edition of Craving Answers, Craving God we offer a “how to” approach to Bible Study. Aaron offers suggestions on ways to make Bible reading more meaningful. Listen at or on your preferred podcast platform.

Ministry Opportunities – Get Involved!

How are you serving?

Summer Sunday School

We are very blessed with wonderful Sunday School teachers that share Jesus every week with our children. With summer approaching, and a new summer Sunday school program beginning in June, it’s a perfect time to give them a break! To that end, we are seeking aides to assist with the Sunday morning program. There is No preparation or experience necessary. The program and curriculum is set, but adults are needed to help assist the leader on Sunday mornings. If you feel called to serve in this way, please contact Cheryl in the church office or email at

Audio and Video Help Needed

No experience required. The media ministry and technology team is in need of individuals that can assist with audio or video and cameras during worship and other events at St James.

All tasks are easy to learn regardless of your age! Whether you have never done any of them or are an experienced audio engineer or video producer, your help would be greatly appreciated and welcomed. If you are interested or have questions regarding this opportunity, please email Larry O’Leary <> or contact the church office.

Altar Guild

This could be a great individual or family service opportunity. If you’re available to assist one Sunday per month or more, contact or call the church office for more information!

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