Suffering is inevitable. The key is to know how to handle it. For the Christian, the results of all suffering – shame, despair, and anxiety – are to be countered by a renewed focus on the faithfulness and love of God and the community of Christ's body.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Zephaniah 3:14-17
Psalm reading is from Psalm 68:1–10
Acts reading is from Acts 1:12–26
Epistle reading is from 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11
Holy Gospel is from John 17:1–11


Ancient of Days
Jesse Reeves, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, Rich Thompson;
© 2018 CityAlight Music.
Used with permission, CCLI license #20286740.
God Moves in a Mysterious Way
Text: William Cowper, 1731–1800, alt.
Tune: The CL Psalmes of David, 1615, Edinburgh
Public domain
Lift High The Name Of Jesus
Ed Cash, Fionán De Barra, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty
© 2013 Capitol CMG Paragon; © 2013 De Barra, Fionan; © 2013 Getty Music Publishing
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Text: Thomas O. Chisholm
Tune: William M. Runyan
Public domain
Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Text: Johann Burkhard Freystein, 1671–1718; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–78, alt.
Tune: Hundert . . . geistlicher Arien, 1694, Dresden, alt.
Text and tune: Public domain
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Text by Matthew Bridges (sts. 1-3, 5) and Godfrey Thring (sts. 4)
Tune by George J. Elvey
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 21:
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 23:
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday, May 24:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Sunday, Jun 4:
Sundae School Party

Here’s the Scoop! Please join us as we kick-off the Summer with a Sundae School Party on June 4th in fellowship hall during the Sunday school hour. Enjoy a family Bible lesson, a sundae, and get the “scoop” on Summer Sunday School! Questions? Call Cheryl in the church office or email

Youth Annual Yard Sale

Please mark your calendars. 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.

Ministry Opportunities – Get Involved!

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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!