Although God himself is the king of Israel, they also long for a human king. So God gives them David. Eventually these two streams – God as king and a human as king – come together in God's Son and David's son, Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his kingdom, all our hopes for a human being to rescue us, protect us, and fulfill us are fulfilled in him.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sep 17, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from 1 Corinthians 15:20, 54-57
Psalm reading is from Psalm 110
Old Testament reading is from Deuteronomy 17:14–20
Old Testament reading is from 1 Samuel 16:1–13
Acts reading is from Acts 2:22–36
Holy Gospel is from Matthew 22:41–46

Songs and Hymns:

In Christ Alone
Text and tune by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2001 Thankyou Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Come People of the Risen King
Stuart Townend, Kristyn Getty, Keith Getty;
© 2007 Thankyou Music.
Used with permission, CCLI license #20286740.
The Lord Almighty Reigns
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa
© 2022 Getty Music Hymns and Songs; © 2022 Getty Music Publishing
© 2022 Love Your Enemies Publishing; © 2022 Messenger Hymns
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
Text: Thomas Kelly, 1769–1855, alt.
Tune: Geistliche Volkslieder, 1850, Paderborn.
Text and tune: Public domain.
Be Unto Your Name
Text and tune by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo
© 1998 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
Text by Herbert F. Brokering
Tune by Carl F. Schalk
© 1983 Augsburg Publishing House
Used with permission, CCLI license #20286740
Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
Text: John Fawcett
Tune: Henry T. Smart
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, Sep 17:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Sunday School: 10:40 AM to 11:40 AM


Adult Bible Study: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM


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


Wednesday, Sep 20:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Sep 24:
Youth Trip to Eckert's: 10:30 AM

Youth Trip to Eckert’s after church. See Stacey Staake for more info.

Church Database Update

We are updating our membership database and need your help! Please collect your family data sheet in the narthex and complete/revise as needed. Your prompt return of this form would be greatly appreciated! Forms can be returned in the collection box in the narthex or in the locked mailbox on the church office door. Thank you so much for helping!

College Care Packages

Attention all St. James members, if you are or have a college student in your family, please send their college address to Cheryl in the church office. 618-288-6120 or

St. James Family Picnic – Sunday, October 1st

There will be outside games and fun for all! Bring a side or dessert for all to share (but if you forget or are unable to bring anything – come anyway!) The church will be providing the meat and drinks! Questions? Text or call our Fellowship Deacon (Jen) at 618-407-5322 or call the church office.

Community Group Mixer – Friday, October 6th

Mark your calendar! Whether you currently attend a Community Group, would like more information about our groups, or would just like to join us in fellowship, this event is for everyone. Watch for more details!

St. James Fall Property Workday – Saturday, October 14th

Please mark your calendars for the fall property workday. There will be plenty of jobs for everyone! Please do not let this service opportunity pass by…we need everyone to pitch in to maintain and beautify our property. Please contact the church office or Tim Schnicker 618-670-0880 to sign up.

Tuition Financial Assistance

St. James provides tuition financial assistance to members who have children enrolled in area LCMS Lutheran elementary schools. To request financial assistance, please complete a form which is available on the church office bulletin board or online at

Women’s Bible Study – Starting Saturday, September 30th

A new women’s Bible study will begin on Saturday, September 30. We will meet for 12 sessions on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM. All ladies high school age and up are invited to join this study. Books will be provided. Please sign up on the form in the church entryway or contact Tina Barnard ( for more information.

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