Israel and Hamas' quest for the land of Palestine springs from a disagreement about which one is the true offspring of Abraham. But in the Christian New Testament writers like St. Paul argue that only Jesus is the true Offspring of Abraham. So whoever wants to inherit the land – whether they be Jew, Muslim, or Gentile, must do so through union with Jesus, son of Abraham and son of God.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, Oct 29, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Psalm 86:3-5
Psalm reading is from Psalm 47
Old Testament reading is from Genesis 12:1–3
Epistle reading is from Galatians 3
Holy Gospel is from John 8:48–59

Songs and Hymns:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Text by Joachim Neander, trns. Catherine Winkworth
Tune by Ander Theil Des Erneuerten Gesang-Buchs, 1665
Public domain
The God of Abraham Praise
Text: Thomas Olivers, 1725–99, alt.
Tune: Hebrew
Text and tune: Public domain
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Text and tune by Martin Luther
Public domain
Blessed Assurance
Text: Fanny J. Crosby, alt. Aaron Mueller;
Tune: Phoebe P. Knapp;
Text and tune: Public domain.
By Grace Alone
Text by Martin Luther
Tune by David Ward, © 2002
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Drawn to the Cross, Which Thou Hast Blessed
Text by Genevieve M. Irons
Tune by Joseph Barnby
Text and tune are public domain
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Text: William Williams
Tune: John Hughes
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, Oct 29:
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 1:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Midweek Fellowship: 6:30 PM

Join us at 6:30 PM at St. James Fellowship Hall for a midweek fellowship meal, communion and praise music!

Saturday, Nov 4:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM
Ministry Planning

Please join us for a Congregational Event to be held on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 PM. 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 childcare will be provided. Please contact Cheryl in the church office to sign up. or 618-288-6120.

New Adult Bible Study

A new adult Bible study will be starting November 5th 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.

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 and return it to church no later than November 12th. These shoeboxes should be packed, wrapped and returned by November 12th. For more information about youth events or to get involved with the Youth Ministry Team please contact Stacey Staake.

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.

Mercy Ministries

Glen-Ed Pantry suggests you “TP the Pantry” in October. Toilet paper, paper towels as well as hygiene products are basic needs for everyone but are not covered by SNAP (Food Stamps). By donating these items, you help our families’ dollars to go much further. Please drop donations in the basket at the top of the stairwell. Thank you!