The commonly held view in the West that freedom and knowledge are the most important values leads to the running over of church members who disagree about issues not commanded or forbidden by God, but for Paul, the goal of the Christian life is not head knowledge or personal freedom, but love of God and love of our brothers and sisters.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Jan 28, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Psalm 86:3-5
Psalm reading is from Psalm 111
Old Testament reading is from Deuteronomy 18:15–20
Epistle reading is from 1 Corinthians 8
Holy Gospel is from Mark 1:21–28

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
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Text and tune by Martin Luther
Public domain
You Are The One
Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche
© 2002 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; Integrity’s Praise! Music
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740.
At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
Text: Latin, c. 5th–10th cent.; tr. Robert Campbell, 1814–68, alt.
Tune: Kirchengeseng, 1566, Ivancice.
Text and tune: Public domain.
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Text by William C. Dix
Tune by Rowland H. Prichard
Public domain
Be Unto Your Name
Text and tune by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo
© 1998 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
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


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Sunday, Jan 28:
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


Discovering Christianity: 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.

Wednesday, Jan 31:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM


Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Feb 4:
MELHS Open House: 1 PM to 3 PM

Metro East Lutheran High School invites you to an Open House, next Sunday, February 4th. Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 PM 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

Ministry Spotlight – Life Team

Mosaic Baby Bottle Campaign! Please pick up your mosaic baby bottle in the narthex. For more information, please see Janice Lanto or contact the church office.

New Giving Envelopes Are Available

2024 Member Giving Envelopes are available on the credenza in the narthex. If you no longer need envelopes, or you prefer to give online through your financial institution or, please contact Cheryl in the church office.

2023 Member Giving Statements

Giving statements have been emailed to each member household. If you have any questions or concerns about your statement, or if you would like a print copy, please contact Cheryl at

Glen-Ed Pantry

Next time you purchase your family’s favorite breakfast cereal, consider getting an extra box to donate to Glen-Ed Pantry. All types of cereal – oatmeal, whole grain or kids’ favorites – are always needed.

Donation Idea: Use your reward points from the grocery store to purchase pantry donations.

Questions about Glen-Ed Pantry? Contact the church office.