In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul argues against the misguided notion that Christians can do what they want with their bodies since they have the Holy Spirit. This error, Paul says, misunderstands the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus: since Jesus' body rose from the dead God means our bodies to rise from the dead too; any attempts to achieve a resurrection-like experience outside of the Gospel then are inherently idolatrous. But in Jesus we have finally been freed to know the deepest pleasure and satisfaction of infinite intimacy with the Trinity. Sex then becomes a way not to be enslaved but to experience the Gospel with our spouse.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Jan 14, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from 1 Corinthians 15:20, 54-57
Psalm reading is from Psalm 139:1–10
Old Testament reading is from 1 Samuel 3:1–20
Epistle reading is from 1 Corinthians 6:12–20
Holy Gospel is from John 1:43–51

Songs and Hymns:

Holy, Holy, Holy
Text by Reginald Heber
Tune by John B. Dykes
Public domain
Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed
Text and tune by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Ed Cash
© 2012 Alletrop Music | © 2012 Getty Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Spirit Song
John Wimber, © 1979 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Drawn to the Cross, Which Thou Hast Blessed
Text by Genevieve M. Irons
Tune by Joseph Barnby
Text and tune are public domain
Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia
Text by Bernard Kyamanyway, (trns.) Howard S. Olson
Tune by Tanzanian, © 1977 Howard S. Olson
Used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220
There Is a Redeemer
Melody Green
© 1982 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
© 1982 Birdwing Music, © 1982 Ears To Hear
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Text: Omer E. Westendorf
© 1964 World Library Publications, used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
Tune: Welsh, public domain


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Sunday, Jan 14:
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: 6:30 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 17:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM


Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jan 20:
Women’s Bible Study: 9 AM


Sunday, Jan 21:
High School Mission Trip Information Meeting: 11:45 AM

All Jr. and Sr. High Students are invited to be a part of something truly special—a mission trip to the White Earth Indian Reservation in Callaway, MN this summer (July 12-20, 2024). This is a chance to make a real difference, to learn, connect with, and share the gospel with a community in need. Join us for an informative meeting next Sunday, January 21, immediately following Bible Study at 11:45 AM.

Ministry Spotlight – Life Team

Mosaic Baby Bottle Campaign fundraiser begins today! Please pick up your 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 Print copies will be available the week of January 21st.

College Students on Mission

If you missed the door offering last week and would like to help support our college students who are leading mission trips this summer, check out College Students on Mission, or contact Cheryl at for a link to their mission fundraising page.