The false teachers John is defending his church against made much of their own leadership, creating doubt in the minds of her members by causing them to selfishly look for the locus of their relationship with God inside themselves. But John draws them back by making much of Jesus' love for them, a love which works in their own hearts to pull them outside of themselves to love and serve each other, and find their status before God in his declaration of his love for them.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Apr 21, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Romans 8:35-39
Psalm reading is from Psalm 23
First reading is from Acts 4:1–12
Epistle reading is from 1 John 3:16–24
Holy Gospel is from John 10:11–18

Songs and Hymns:

Crown Him with Many Crowns
Text by Matthew Bridges (sts. 1-3, 5) and Godfrey Thring (sts. 4)
Tune by George J. Elvey
Public domain
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Text: Henry W. Baker, 1821–77
Tune: Irish, c. 18th cent.
Text and tune: Public domain
The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want
Stuart Townend
© 1996 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Getty Music Hymns and Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
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
There Is a Balm in Gilead
Text and tune are African American Spiritual
Public domain
Just as I Am, without One Plea
Text by Charlotte Elliott
Tune by William B. Bradbury
Public domain


Gloria in Excelsis
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Agnus Dei
Text: Stephen P. Starke
Nunc Dimittis


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Sunday, Apr 21:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Adult Bible Study and Sunday School: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Discovering Christianity: 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 24:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Apr 27:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Ministry Spotlight – St. James Education Team
  • Education Deacon: William Ellington
  • Sunday School Teachers: William Ellington, Eric Robinson, Stacey Staake, Nic Schatte, McKenzie Brakenhoff, Suzie Robinson, Shala Carson
  • Adult Bible Study Leaders: Aaron Mueller, Tina Barnard

Check out our Women’s Bible Study I Have Set My King on Zion:

We are planning a VBS-style Summer Sunday School program centered on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6).

  • This program will last all of June and July (9 weeks). We will have a launch party during Sunday School on June 2. We will have a closing party during Sunday School on July 28.
  • We are looking for adult volunteers for each week of the program.
  • If you would like to volunteer, please contact William at 618-407-4558 or

We are always looking for new teachers and substitute teachers! Help us cultivate a knowledge of and love for God’s word! If you would like to serve our church in this way, please contact William at 618-407-4558 or

Spring Clean-up

The Property Team will be hosting a group of MELHS students on Tuesday, April 23rd for a workday from 9 AM to 12 PM. They will be completing a variety of tasks on the grounds and in the facility to help maintain our property. If you can join us it would be greatly appreciated. No supplies or experience required! If you have any questions please contact the Property Deacon, Tim Schnicker, or the church office.

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 15. 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.

MELHS "A Future and A Hope” 3-to-1 Matching Gift Campaign a Big Success!

Metro-East Lutheran High School surpassed the $1 million dollar goal for its recent endowment fund campaign and raised a total of $1,063,443 dollars in partnership with the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis. This establishes a new scholarship endowment fund to support families in need with tuition grants to attend MELHS. In total 120 gifts were received, including from 14 organizations and churches. Thank you to all the churches and individual donors who made this possible. To God be the glory.