Christianity is sometimes accused, in the West, of being narrow and oppressive, but the Christian church is the broadest, most inclusive community in the world. Followers of Jesus from every nation group and ethnicity are equal members in the family of God.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Nov 5, 2023


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Isaiah 44:21-23
Psalm reading is from Psalm 87
Old Testament reading is from Isaiah 66:18–23
Epistle reading is from Acts 1:1–8
Holy Gospel is from Matthew 28:16–20

Songs and Hymns:

10,000 Reasons
Text and tune by Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman
© sixsteps Music
© Said & Done
© 2011 Thankyou Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Christ the Eternal Lord
Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1926, © 1999 Hope Publishing Co.,
used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220.
Tune: George J. Elvey, 1816–93, public domain.
Kings And Nations
Robin Mark, © 1996 Song Solutions Daybreak
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Text and tune: Kathleen Thomerson, 1934
© 1970, 1975 Celebration
Used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220
My Song Is Love Unknown
Text: Samuel Crossman, c. 1624–1683, public domain
Tune: John N. Ireland, 1879–1962, © John Ireland Trust
Used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220
Before the Throne of God Above
Text by Charitie Lees Bancroft
Tune by Vikki Cook
© 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Text by Rusty Edwards, © 1987 Hope Publishing Co.
Used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220
Tune by The Sacred Harp, 1844, 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 5:
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 8:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group – Movie Night: 6:30 PM to 8 PM


Saturday, Nov 11:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM
Ministry Planning

We are very excited about our congregational event to be held on 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.

New Adult Bible Study

A new adult Bible study is starting today, November 5th at 10:45 AM in the sanctuary. 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 – 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

Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays, a special free event for those grieving the loss of loved ones, will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, Bethalto, on Sunday, November 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Adults and teens are invited to hear a presentation about resources, strategies and tools for coping with grief during the holiday season. For more information, call the church office at 618-377-8314 or email

MELHS Open House

Metro-East Lutheran High School invites you to an Open House on Sunday, November 12. 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

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.

Wondering what to pack? Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal or soccer ball with pump that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. To see more 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.

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.”