Christians have been united to Jesus so that his death to sin means that we have died to sin, and his resurrection means that Christians have been given the power of a new, free life. This happens through our baptism, in which the word of God is mixed with normal water to create faith in us and bind us to Jesus and all his benefits.

Readings and sermon were delivered by Pastor Aaron Mueller.

Order of service:

The Baptism of Jesus, Jan 7, 2024


Reflection on God's Forgiveness is from Romans 8:35-39
Psalm reading is from Psalm 29
Old Testament reading is from Genesis 1:1–5
Epistle reading is from Romans 6:1–11
Holy Gospel is from Mark 1:4–11

Songs and Hymns:

O Church, Arise
Text and tune by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2005 Thankyou Music
Used with permission, CCLI License # 20286740
God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It
Text by Erdmann Neumeister, trans. Robert E. Voelker, public domain
Tune by Johann Caspar Bachofen, © 1991 Robert E. Voelker, used with permission, LSB Hymn License #110001220
You Called Me By Name
Don Harris, Martin Nystrom
© 1996 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
Used with permission: CCLI license #20286740
Blessed Assurance
Text: Fanny J. Crosby, alt. Aaron Mueller;
Tune: Phoebe P. Knapp;
Text and tune: Public domain.
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
I Need Thee Every Hour
Text: Annie S. Hawks and Robert Lowry
Tune: Robert Lowry
Public domain
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Text by Thomas Ken
Tune by Trente Quatre Pseaumes de David, 1551
Public domain


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Sunday, Jan 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
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 10:
Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM


Youth Group: 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jan 13:
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 on Sunday, January 21, 2024, immediately following Bible Study at 11:45 AM.

College Students on Mission – Door Offering

We are collecting a door offering today, January 7, located in the narthex on your way out, to support our college students, Jack Blair and Seth Linnenbrink, who are leading mission trips this summer. For more information about their missions, please check out the St. James first quarter newsletter that was sent via email on January 3rd. If you are not currently receiving the newsletter and would like to, please send a blank email to or contact the church office.

Ministry Spotlight – Life Team

Please watch for the Mosaic Baby Bottle Campaign. This fundraiser will begin on January 14th and end on February 11th. Baby bottles will be available in the narthex on January 14th. 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.

St. James Administrative Office Closed – Jan 7 – 14

The church administrative office will be closed the week of January 7th. If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance, please contact Pastor Aaron directly.