The preacher of Hebrews argues that the ministry of Jesus is far greater than the ministry of the Old Testament high priests, that Jesus has been chosen by God to be a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, that he mediates perfectly between God and humanity, and that by his passionate prayers and requests on our behalf reconciles us forever to our heavenly Father.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Mar 17, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Psalm 86:3-5
Psalm reading is from Psalm 119:9–16
Old Testament reading is from Jeremiah 31:31–34
Epistle reading is from Hebrews 5:1–10
Holy Gospel is from Mark 10:32–45

Songs and Hymns:

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Text: Robert Robinson, 1735–90, alt.
Tune: Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813, Harrisburg.
Text and tune: Public domain.
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
Highly Exalted
Words and Music by Robin Mark and Paul Baloche
© 2007 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
© 2007 Leadworship Songs
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Lamb of God
Text and tune by Twila Paris
© 1985 Jubilee Communications Inc.
© 1985 Mountain Spring Music
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
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
I Need Thee Every Hour
Text: Annie S. Hawks and Robert Lowry
Tune: Robert Lowry
Public domain
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Text by Thomas Ken
Tune by Trente Quatre Pseaumes de David, 1551
Public domain


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Sunday, Mar 17:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Adult Bible Study and Sunday School: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Confirmand Questioning: 11:45 AM
Discovering Christianity: 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 20:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Fellowship Meal: 5:30 PM to 6:25 PM

Please join us in the fellowship hall at 5:30 PM for a meal before the Midweek Service. Free-will offerings will be collected to support the youth mission trip.

Midweek Lent Service: 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Sunday, Mar 31:
Easter Brunch: 10:30 AM

Mark your calendars for Easter Sunday Brunch immediately following worship Sunday, March 31. The Fellowship Team has a wonderful brunch and egg hunt planned. Come and enjoy the food, the fellowship, and the fun! Please bring your own basket/bag for the egg hunt.

Ministry Spotlight – St. James Technology Team

Join the Media Ministry in serving our community! Opportunities include graphic design, website maintenance, managing our computer systems and network equipment, and running audio or video for our worship services.

Our live stream reaches both our congregation and individuals beyond, providing a vital connection to worship for many. Your help ensures that this lifeline continues to thrive. No prior experience is required as training will be provided, but seasoned individuals are also warmly welcomed. Together, we strengthen our faith community through learning and collaboration.

We have several overdue projects, such as implementing a scalable data backup solution, completing our WiFi networks, organizing our network equipment rack, and redesigning our website. Additionally, assistance is needed in creating image and video assets for our website, live stream, and video recordings.

If you’re able to volunteer your time in any capacity, please contact Larry, our Deacon of Technology, at Your contribution makes a difference!

Thank you for your support in enhancing our church’s digital presence and operations!

Spring College Packages

Spring College Packages will be sent soon. We will be using the students’ fall 2023 college addresses. If there have been any changes to their address, please contact Cheryl so we can include everyone!

Volunteers Needed – Glen Carbon Village Easter Egg Hunt

Volunteers needed: We are looking for volunteers to hide eggs for the Glen Carbon Village Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 24th following Bible study. Rain date is Sunday, March 30th. Please join us for this fun service event by signing up on the bulletin board outside the church office.

Easter Lilies

Help Saint James’ altar look beautiful for Easter Sunday! Order your Easter lilies In Honor of, In Memory of, or In Thanksgiving for your loved one(s). We will list the donations in our Easter service bulletin. You are welcome to take the lily home after our Easter Services or leave it for the rest of the season. To order your lily, please complete the form in the narthex no later than March 18th.

Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch? (Ep87)

The latest episode of Craving Answers, Craving God is available. The topic of discussion: Is Christianity just a psychological crutch? How would you respond to someone who has elevated the science of psychology above the truth of Scripture? You can access our podcast through our church’s website or from your favorite podcast platform.

Women's Bible Study — Beginning Saturday April 6th

A Women’s Bible Study, I Have Set My King on Zion will begin at 9 AM, Saturday, April 6 in Fellowship Hall. We’ll study Messianic Psalms through daily faith narratives, personal reflection questions and small group discussion. All ladies high school age and up are invited to sign-up on the table in the entryway. Bible Study books will be provided.

March is Spring Cleaning month at Glen-Ed Pantry

Please consider donating cleaning products such as dish detergent, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, bleach or other cleansers this month. Cleaning products are not eligible for purchase with SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.

Youth Annual Yard Sale

As you start your Spring Cleaning, please be looking for items that you would be willing to donate to the Youth Yard Sale. The Yard Sale will be on Saturday, June 17. Items can be dropped off at church the week before. Funds raised will help with expenses for the Mission Trip and the 2025 Youth Gathering.

The Time of Easter

Mark your calendars and join us for the following additional Easter season services:

  • Wednesday, March 20: Fellowship Meal @ 5:30 PM; Midweek Lent Worship Service @ 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday Worship Service @ 6:30 PM
  • Friday, March 29: Good Friday Worship Service @ 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 31: Easter Worship Service @ 9:00 AM