The question, why does God allow me to suffer, has many possible biblical answers. The overwhelming answer in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians is that our brokenness and weakness makes us rely on the sufficiency of God's grace in Jesus, allows the strength of God to take center stage in our own weakness, and allows us to boast and praise not about ourselves but about the cross of Jesus.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Jul 7, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Psalm 40:1-3
Psalm reading is from Psalm 123
Old Testament reading is from Ezekiel 2:1–5
Epistle reading is from 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
Holy Gospel is from Mark 6:1–13

Songs and Hymns:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Text: Thomas O. Chisholm
Tune: William M. Runyan
Public domain
Amazing Grace
Text by John Newton
Tune by Columbian Harmony, 1829
Public domain
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Stuart Townend, © 1995 Thankyou Music
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Lord from Sorrows Deep I Call
Text and tune: Matt Papa and Matt Boswell
© 2018 Getty Music
Used with permission, CCLI license # 20286740
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
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.


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


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Sunday, Jul 7:
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
Wednesday, Jul 10:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Ministry Spotlight – St. James Music Team

Music Deacon: Chuck Rathert

The Music Team, led by Music Deacon, Chuck Rathert, continues to elevate our worship experience with their inspiring blend of instrumentals and vocals. We are blessed with a wealth of talented musicians who bring their unique gifts to our worship services and special events, creating an atmosphere of reverence and joy that enriches our community. If you’d like more information about our St. James Music Team, please contact Chuck at

Metro-East Lutheran High School Host Families Needed

MELHS is looking for Host Families for foreign students (2 girls) from Germany who would like to attend in the 24/25 school year. If you are interested in finding out more information please contact Dr. Jay Krause, Principal, at

Midweek Fellowship – Wed., July 24

Join us Wednesday, July 24th at St. James Fellowship Hall for a midweek fellowship meal, communion and praise music!

Ruth Thompson – Matt Meyer Wedding

I am so grateful to the St. James Family being so involved in my life these past several years. I would be honored to include my church family in the wedding celebration of Matthew Meyer and myself as we are united in Christ. The ceremony will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 3 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville. Following the ceremony, there will be a cake reception at St. James.

Glen-Ed Pantry – School Supplies Needed

During the month of July, Glen-Ed Pantry is collecting school supplies for students of the families they serve. Backpacks filled with required supplies will be handed out to pantry families on August 10. Most needed school supplies: combination locks, scientific calculators, plastic folders, single subject spiral notebooks.

You can support Glen-Ed Pantry9s Back-to School Supply Drive by:

These donations will help provide funds to give each student a $40 gift card for shoes at Famous Footwear or will be used to purchase PE Uniforms required by District 7. Glen-Ed Pantry9s address is 125 5th Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

Questions? Contact Tina Barnard 618-406-1932.

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