When a wealthy man goes on a long trip and leaves his servants in charge of investing and growing his property, two of them creatively and aggressively grow their master's wealth while the third conservatively hoards the money. The first two work for the joy they have in their master growing out of their deep faith in his joy in them; the third refuses to work because of his fear and hatred of his master growing out of his deep distrust of his character. And like the first two, our lives and work in Jesus' kingdom will thrive and grow when we trust in the joy he has in us belonging to him.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Nov 19, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Zephaniah 3:14-17
Psalm reading is from Psalm 24
Old Testament reading is from Zephaniah 1:7–16
Epistle reading is from 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
Holy Gospel is from Matthew 25:14–30

Songs and Hymns:

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Text by W. Chalmers Smith
Tune is Welsh
Public domain
My Savior's Love
Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa
© 2019 Getty Music Hymns and Songs
Getty Music Publishing, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Messenger Hymns
Used with permission, One License #728607-A
Robin Mark
© 2009 Integrity Worship Music
Used with permission, CCLI license #20286740
Be Unto Your Name
Text and tune by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo
© 1998 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
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
There Is a Redeemer
Melody Green
© 1982 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
© 1982 Birdwing Music, © 1982 Ears To Hear
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service
Text: Albert F. Bayly, 1901–84, alt.
© Oxford University Press; Used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220
Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844, Philadelphia; 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, Nov 19:
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, Nov 22:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Thanksgiving Eve Service: 6:30 PM
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.

Christmas Season Choir

If you are interested in singing in a choir during the Christmas season, please join us for a meeting immediately after the worship service in the sanctuary this morning (Nov 18).

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 https://stjamesglencarbon.org/property-team-411/. If you would like to be a part of this team, please contact our Property Deacon, Tim Schnicker at tim@saintjamesglencarbon.org.

Christianity and America – Craving Answers, Craving God

We live in challenging times. We experience different challenges that require us to make judgments based on our worldview. For Christians, the Bible is at the center of our worldview. Or is it? How does our citizenship in Heaven relate to our citizenship in America? On our most recent episode of Craving Answers, Craving God, that’s our newest timely topic of discussion.

Mercy Ministries

Help Glen-Ed Pantry Gather Fixing’s for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Baskets. A special Thanksgiving and Christmas meal will be provided this year for Glen-Ed Pantry families. Here’s what’s most needed: instant potatoes (mashed or au gratin), gravy mixes, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, pineapple, canned fried onions and canned carrots and mixed vegetables. If you’d like to donate toward the purchase of some perishable items like rolls, turkeys and hams, or pies please visit www.glenedpantry.org/donors and designate your donation “holiday baskets.”