The crowd who has just witnessed Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead follow Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday – the impossibility of the dead being raised irresistibly pulling all toward Jesus. But when some Greeks are pulled by the possibility of resurrection to Jesus, he knows that the time for the most impossible thing of all has arrived.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Palm Sunday, Mar 24, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Isaiah 44:21-23
Psalm reading is from Psalm 118:19-29
Old Testament reading is from Zechariah 9:9–12
Epistle reading is from Philippians 2:5–11
Holy Gospel reading is from John 12:12–26

Songs and Hymns:

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Text: Jeannette Threlfall, 1821–80, alt.
Tune: Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Hofkapelle, 1784, Württemberg.
Text and tune: Public domain.
No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet
Tune: English; adapt. and harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872–1958, alt., public domain
Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1926, © 1984 Hope Publishing Co.
Used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220
Blessed Be Your Name
Music and lyrics: Beth Redman, Matt Redman, © 2002 Thankyou Music.
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740.
Ride On, King Jesus
Steve Bell
Verses 1-3 and 6 by Hilda Carper; © 1974 Reba Place Church Inc.
Used with permission: – March 2023
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!
Text by S. Trevor Francis
Tune by Thomas John Williams
Public domain
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Text: Horatius Bonar, 1808–89, alt.; Public domain;
Tune: Amanda Husberg, 1940; © 1996 Amanda Husberg;
Used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220.
Prepare the Royal Highway
Text: Franz Mikael Franzen, tr. from Lutheran Book of Worship
© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, used with permission: LSB Hymn License #110001220
Tune: Swedish, public domain


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Sunday, Mar 24:
Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Adult Bible Study and Sunday School: 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Discovering Christianity: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 27:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Thursday, Mar 28:
Holy Thursday Worship Service: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Mar 29:
Good Friday Worship Service: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 31:
Easter Sunday Worship Service: 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Easter Brunch: 10:30 AM

Immediately following worship. 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!

In Honor of Harry and Donna Schlechte’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

The beautiful red bouquets in the narthex are in honor of Harry and Donna Schlechte’s 50th Wedding Anniversary from their family and friends with much love.

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!

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.

If you will need childcare, please contact William Ellington at 618-407-4558 or

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.

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.