The prophet Isaiah knew God had the power and potential to act to deliver his people, but he was also simultaneously aware that the empty righteousness of God's people had put up a huge barrier between him and them. The solution, as always, is to admit that the wall between us and God is our fault, and appeal to his love for us – as our creator and redeemer – to rescue us from our self-imposed exile.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

First Sunday in Advent, Dec 3, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Romans 5:8-11
Psalm reading is from Psalm 148
Old Testament reading is from Isaiah 64:1–9
Epistle reading is from 1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Holy Gospel is from Mark 11:1–10

Songs and Hymns:

Joy to the World
Text: Isaac Watts
Tune: George Frideric Handel
Public domain
Lord from Sorrows Deep I Call
Text and tune: Matt Papa and Matt Boswell
© 2018 Getty Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Rend the Heavens
Robin Mark, © 2009 Integrity Worship Music
admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook)
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Just as I Am, without One Plea
Text by Charlotte Elliott
Tune by William B. Bradbury
Public domain
Lamb of God
Text and tune by Twila Paris
© 1985 Jubilee Communications Inc.
© 1985 Mountain Spring Music
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Come Ye Souls By Sin Afflicted
Joseph Swain, Kevin Twit
© 2013 Twit, Kevin
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Text by Thomas Ken
Tune by Trente Quatre Pseaumes de David, 1551
Public domain


Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda
Music: Columbian Harmony
Text and music: © 1990 Concordia Publishing House
Used with permission: One License #728607-A
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, © 1990 Concordia Publishing House,
Used with permission, One License #728607-A;
Tune: Felix Mendelssohn, public domain.
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, © 1990 Concordia Publishing House,
used with permission, One License 728607-A.
Tune: Welsh, pubic domain.
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, © 1990 Concordia Publishing House,
used with permission, One License 728607-A.
Tune: John B. Dykes, public domain.
Agnus Dei
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, © 1990 Concordia Publishing House,
used with permission, CCLI license #20286740.
Tune: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872, public domain.


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Sunday, Dec 3:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Sunday School: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Adult Bible Study: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Youth Confirmation: 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM


Discovering Christianity Class: 6 PM

This is the first class of the series. If you’re interested in joining St. James, looking to learn more about the Bible and Christianity, or just want to hang out and talk about theology, let Pastor Aaron know.

Wednesday, Dec 6:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM


Midweek Advent Service: 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Dec 9:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM


Sunday, Dec 10:
Annual Congregational Meeting: 11:45 AM

St. James will hold the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, December 10 at 11:45 AM in the sanctuary. Agendas and Proposed 2024 Budget are available in the church narthex, or by contacting the church office.

Family Christmas Breakfast

Mark your calendars for December 17th and join us for St. James’ family Christmas Breakfast following the worship service.

Mercy Ministries

Glen-Ed Pantry is currently collecting Fixings for Christmas Dinner Baskets. Please consider donating instant potatoes, gravy mixes, yams, pineapple, canned mixed vegetables or carrots or canned fried onions. If you wish to donate toward the purchase of perishable items such as pies, hams and turkeys please visit

Ministry Spotlight – St. James Prayer Team

Did you know St. James has a prayer team? This team is devoted to continually praying for our church family, community, leaders and individual prayer requests. If you would like more information about becoming a part of our prayer team, or if you have an individual prayer request, please don’t hesitate to reach out through the church office or at

St. James Youth Group Christmas Party

All junior and senior high students are invited to join us for our youth Christmas party on Friday, December 15th. For more information, please contact Stacey Staake at

Children’s Christmas Program

Please mark your calendars for the children’s Christmas Program which will be on Sunday morning December 17th at the beginning of worship service. Practice will be held during Sunday School for the next three Sundays.

Decorated for the Season of Advent

The decorations in the church have been changed to blue to mark the Season of Advent. Advent, a preparatory time of waiting and watching, communicates the message of hope. Blue, the color of the sky, helps convey that powerful message.

Our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended long ago.

Living Hope in a Secular Age – Craving Answers, Craving God

Statistical data shows that in the early 1990s, about 90% of American adults identified as Christians. As of 2021 that percentage is now 63%. Do you find that to be alarming? It’s the subject of discussion on episode 79 of Craving Answers, Craving God. Check out our bi-weekly podcast and let us know what you think!