In the time between Jesus' first coming and second coming God calls Christians to fill themselves up with the story of the redemption – through regularly reading and hearing his Word and by participating in the sacred drama of holy communion, which reenacts the great redemptive events of the Passover and the Crucifixion; through self-sacrificial acts of mercy and love; and through deep community – living lives with and for each other.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Nov 12, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Isaiah 53:4-6
Psalm reading is from Psalm 138
Old Testament reading is from 1 Samuel 2:1–10
Epistle reading is from Acts 2:42–47
Holy Gospel is from John 14:1–14

Songs and Hymns:

We Praise You, O God
Text: Julia B. Cory
Tune: Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, 1626
Text and tune: Ppublic domain
Thy Strong Word
Text by Martin H. Franzmann
© 1969 Concordia Publishing House, used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Tune by Thomas J. Williams, public domain
May the Peoples Praise You
David Zimmer | Ed Cash | Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend
© 2016 Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Townend Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
His Mercy Is More
Tune and text by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
© 2016 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing,
Love Your Enemies Publishing, and Messenger Hymns
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
What Is the World to Me
Text: George Michael Pfefferkorn, trns. August Crull
Tune: Ahasverus Fritsch
Public domain
Oh, How Good It Is
Text and tune by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes, Stuart Townend
© 2012 Getty Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Take My Life and Let It Be
Text: Frances R. Havergal
Tune: Henri A. C. Malan
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 12:
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 15:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Nov 16:
Ministry Planning Congregational Event/Dinner: 6 PM

We are very excited about our congregational event to be held this Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 PM. Your input and attendance are vital to this process! Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please contact Cheryl in the church office to sign up. or 618-288-6120.

Everyone is encouraged to attend!

Saturday, Nov 18:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM
Wednesday, Nov 22:
Thanksgiving Eve Service: 6:30 PM

Mark your calendars for Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM.

New Members Class
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

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is underway! What is Operation Christmas Child? People pack shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world. After receiving a shoebox gift, children can enroll in a 12-lesson follow-up discipleship program, “The Greatest Journey.” As a result of what they learn, boys and girls grow in Christ and share Him with others! Please take a shoebox, label and instructions from the narthex or downstairs. These shoeboxes should be packed, wrapped and returned by November 12th.

To see gift suggestions, please check out the St. James Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift Suggestion Form. For more information about youth events or to get involved with the Youth Ministry Team please contact Stacey Staake.

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 and designate your donation “holiday baskets.”

MELHS Open House

Metro-East Lutheran High School invites you to an Open House today. Stop by anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to tour our campus, meet our teachers, chat with administrators, and get answers to all of your questions about the Knight life. For more information, call the school office at 618-656-0043 or email