In 1 Timothy 4, Paul is warning Timothy against the asceticism which would argue that particular foods are bad or good by pointing out that "nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving." In other words, the ability to be thankful to God for something can point us toward the essential ethical goodness of that things; and conversely, the inability to be thankful to God might point us toward its sinfulness.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Thanksgiving Eve, Nov 22, 2023


Old Testament reading is from Deuteronomy 8:1–10
Epistle reading is from 1 Timothy 4:1–5
Gospel Reading is from Luke 17:11–19

Songs and Hymns:

We Praise You, O God
Text: Julia B. Cory
Tune: Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, 1626
Text and tune: Ppublic domain
Sing to the Lord of Harvest
Text: John S. B. Monsell
Tune: Johann Steurlien
Text and tune: Public domain
Let All Things Now Living
Text: Katherine Kennicott Davis, Copyright 1939. Renewed 1966 E.C. Schirmer Music Company
Tune: Ash Grove; Traditional Welsh Melody; Public domain
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Text by Henry Alford
Tune by George J. Elvey
Public domain


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Saturday, Nov 25:
No Women’s Bible Study

We will resume on Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 AM. We will be studying 2 Chronicles 20, Lesson 8 titled Help.

Sunday, Dec 3:
New Members Class: 6 PM

A New Members class will begin on Sunday, December 3rd, at 6 PM. 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.

Ministry Spotlight – Property Team

In addition to maintaining our building and property, the Property Team has been hard at work researching and collecting bids for renovating the sanctuary/narthex! To see more about what the property team has been up to, go to If you would like to be a part of this team, please contact our Property Deacon, Tim Schnicker at