The tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament were the places where God lived with his people, revealed himself to them, and forgave their sins. Jesus claimed to be this new temple – the place where God lives, reveals himself, and forgives sins. Then, in Jesus, his church becomes a new temple built up as a place for the Spirit to dwell with Jesus being the chief cornerstone.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Oct 15, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from 1 Corinthians 15:20, 54-57
Psalm reading is from Psalm 27
Old Testament reading is from Exodus 25:1–8; 40:18–38
Epistle reading is from Ephesians 2:11–22
Holy Gospel is from John 1:14–29

Songs and Hymns:

Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing
Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith
Tune: Columbian Harmony, 1825
© 1997 Hope Publishing Co.
Used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220
Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia
Text by Bernard Kyamanyway, (trns.) Howard S. Olson
Tune by Tanzanian, © 1977 Howard S. Olson
Used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220
My Dwelling Place
Chris Eaton, Keith Getty, Kelly Meredith Minter, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
© 2015, 2018 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing
Townend Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), Remaining portion is unaffiliated
Used by permission: CCLI License # 20286740
Just as I Am, without One Plea
Text by Charlotte Elliott
Tune by William B. Bradbury
Public domain
Beautiful Savior
Text by Münsterisch Gesangbuch, 1677, trans. Joseph A. Seiss
Tune by Silesians, 19th cent.
Public domain
What Wondrous Love Is This
Text is from A General Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1811
Tune is from Southern Harmony, 1835
Public domain
Go, My Children, with My Blessing
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919–2008, © 1983 Concordia Publishing House;
Tune: Welsh, 18th cent.;
Used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220.


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, Oct 15:
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


Wednesday, Oct 18:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Oct 21:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM
New Adult Bible Study

A new adult Bible study will be starting November 1st at 10:45 AM. This study will cover the book “When Helping Hurts,” How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. This book is available in print, Kindle format and Amazon Audiobook. Please contact the church office for more information.

Ministry Spotlight

Community Groups – Shanna Covarrubias –

Community Groups are a great way to get “in community” in a small group setting. Many days/times and locations are available. Please contact Shanna for more information.

Craving Answers, Craving God

People are listening to our Craving Answers, Craving God program. Here’s a text from Carolyn E. in Kansas.

Chuck’s podcast is excellent! The best. And Aaron is like no pastor I’ve ever heard. They get deep into God’s truth and don’t mince words. It’s amazing.

With more than 75 episodes available online, you’re sure to find something of interest on Craving Answers, Craving God.

Ministry Planning

The ministry planning team is hard at work preparing for our Congregational Event to be held on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 PM. This is an exciting opportunity for our congregation and everyone is encouraged to attend. Everyone is invited, from those new at St. James to longtime attenders, from students to seniors, from volunteers to leaders. Your input and attendance are vital to this process.

What opportunities has the Lord laid before St. James Church and how will they shape our future? How will you be engaged? Come, add your voice to the discussion at our Congregational Event. Dinner and child care will be provided. Please contact Cheryl in the church office to sign up. or 618-288-6120.