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Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. James Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

St. James Welcomes you !
10:30 AM, Holy Communion

Online tithing and giving.

Weddings & Baptisms

Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebrations.

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Our Mission & Vision

Mission statement:

Serving & Trusting Jesus by Abiding, Ministering, Embracing & sharing.  Vision: 

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of believers in Jesus Christ - a people set apart by God for His purposes!

Click "read more" to view our Vision statement.

Food Pantry 06/20/2024

10:00 am-11:00 am

Community Food Pantry is held in the fellowship hall.

Please park on the side with the ramp.

If you are coming in for assistance,
masks are optional.

Mid Week Reflection

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we the people of God are called to movement. In that reflection I wrote, “We like being comfortable… Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah, Abram and Sarai, Jacob and his family, the Israelites (multiple times) an so on; God moves people about usually calling them from places of comfort and complacency to new experiences of God.” This is so true! How has God been moving you?

I’m bringing this up again because I want to give a few other examples of God’s movement for us to consider our focus. First is God. God is the focus of our lives, or at least that is the endeavor. None of us are usually very good at this. I know I even have days when I do not put God first. Yet, that is why God works so hard to speak to us! God calls us even when we’re not fully aware of it. Here’s Luther’s explanation to the 3rd Article of the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe that by my own strength or understanding I cannot come to believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, rather the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified me, and kept me in the true faith; just as the Holy Spirit calls, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps/gathers every Christian and church on earth and unites us with Jesus Christ in one universal, true faith.” That’s a long way to say that God is the one who does the work!

So, from the consideration that God is first in our lives and stirs us along; I invite us to ponder a new: “What is God calling us to?” Christians since the birth of the church, the people of God since Abram and Sarai, and maybe even since Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden have wondered, “to what is God calling us?” To be honest, we know; to that which God intends for us to communicate, God’self! We can call it living in the kingdom of God. I tend to use the language of experiencing God’s love, grace, and embrace. How would you describe it?

In 2016, Disney produced an amazing film that I highly encourage you to watch; and maybe if you already have seen it, watch it with fresh eyes as an allegory for the church. Moana is the story of a young girl (set in Polynesia, time unknown) who struggles with an inner call to care for her people and invite them beyond their comfortable life. The first main song is all about how the island on which they live gives them all that they need, so why go anywhere? I won’t give away anything major. The main tension of the plot comes when the island is devastated with dwindling resources on land and in the sea; and from this she must decide: does she stay here and patch up the island or does she explore reconnecting her people with their roots?

So, where is God calling us? To study? To Service? To Prayer? To Cry? To Worship? To Give? To something we haven’t even dreamed of? I leave us to pray: “O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (From our Morning Matins Prayers in the ELW).

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Weekly Reading

"For by grace y'all have been saved by grace, and this is not y'all's doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works so that no one many boast. Because we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared to be our way of life." (Ephesians 2:8-10)

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