When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere.
When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.
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St. James DVD
Church Service on DVD. If you had been listening to the radio service of St. James Lutheran Church for years, you may have noticed that we are no longer on the radio. Instead we have been making DVD's of the church services each Sunday, and copies of the services have been distributed to friends and members who would like one. We are currently only recording the Sunday worship services, but recordings can also be made of special services as well. If you would like to have a copy of the services, please let Ann in the church office know, and it can be provided.
St. James Lutheran Church
Whether you are a new member or just visiting, we want to let you know how excited we are in having you here. Our web site contains helpful information about the varied ministries and programs of St. James Lutheran Church.
St. James membership is comprised of individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We faithfully preach and teach the living word of God to help you further develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, we nurture Christian lives by meeting spiritual needs and make disciples through our witness. We are, by the grace of God, the St. James Lutheran Church.
Please consider yourself an important part of the St. James Church family. Here you will find a church in which you will be welcomed, greeted, loved, and cared for, in the name of Jesus the Risen Savior. There is a very special place for you at St. James, and if you haven't already, we hope you will consider making St. James your church home.
A Message from Pastor
The days are quickly heading toward January – named Janus, the dog with two faces – one facing the old year and the other facing the new. So it is with the people of St. James. In the crisp, beautiful autumn days of 2016, St. James is sealing the harvest of its first century of ministry. Like Janus, we look back to see what we have done and how far we have come. We also look forward and ask ourselves, “What could be the mission God is calling us to in our second century?” and “What should be our response to that call?” With that, consider this your formal invitation to join in pondering and plumbing the depth of those two questions, both as they pertain to the life of St. James Lutheran and as they pertain to our own daily lives: What could be? What should be? For this pastor, that process always begins with another question: Why do I/we do the things I/we do? And that foundational question has been our focus during worship services.
You have noticed we have returned to having cantors. Why cantors? For starters, the cantors' voices are much more melodious than the pastor's voice. Hearing the words of liturgy set to music makes those words easier to recall. Often times during the week, I will catch myself singing the liturgy, and it becomes a form of daily prayer and meditation. Cantors date to times when literacy was rare. When people heard the liturgy repeatedly sung, they committed the words to memory – and thus, they carried with them significant portions of scriptures, especially the psalms.
We have also returned to having acolytes. As the children have learned during their training, virtually everything inside the church is a mnemonic device – a symbol that encourages us to remember. We look at their capes and remember that early churches were not heated so people wore their coats when they came to worship. The capes, like the other forms of liturgical dress, are reminders of the duties the wearers are performing. When the acolytes put on their capes, they are then visibly serving the Lord and doing His work. For that reason, when they put on the cape, they are also putting on the responsibility of doing a portion of God's work. The acolytes light their candlesticks from the eternal light burning on the altar (within the red glass). They carry that light out into the world and use it to call people into the fellowship of the church – symbolized by leading in the Sunday School students. The acolytes then ascent to the altar where they light the candles. These candles symbolize the presence of God in our midst. There are two candles on the communion table. These candles represent the dual nature of the Son – Jesus' humanity (he was fully human) and Jesus' divinity (he is fully divine). At the end of the service, the acolytes again ascent the altar, relight their candlesticks, extinguish the flames on the candles and lead the assemblage out into the world. That movement is a symbol that as we depart from worship, God's light is carried within our hearts into the world at large. (We are the body of Christ living in service to the world.) And that is a pretty amazing and important first job for youth as they learn what it means to serve the Lord both within the church and outside in the wider world.
Join us at worship as we continue to consider the “Why we do the things we do?” questions. We began with baptism and are continuing with communion traditions and creeds. It has been suggested that the series should be continued by asking “Why do we do the things we do in our daily lives?” and taking a hard look at how scripture and faith intersect with daily life. You are invited to join me in deliberating these questions: Why do I typically do the things that I do? Does putting on the name “Christian” require me to change anything that I currently do? What could I do?
What should I do? Our second century awaits our answers. May God bless and direct us all.
Pastor Jean Helmer
Once again we will be making lefse as a fundraiser for WELCA. Friday, October 21 at 1 PM, will be the day to peel and rice the potatoes, and MEN are needed to help with this. Saturday, October 22 at 9 AM, is when the lefse will be fried. This process will be repeated the following weekend, on October 28 & 29. The lefse will be sold on both Saturdays, October 22 & 28 at 1 PM. If there is any lefse left, the rest will be sold at the Christmas Rummage and Bake Sale on November 5. Please sign up on the sheets at the back of the church if you can help.
2nd Annual Rummage Sale
Last year we discovered that the Ministerial Association was low on funds at the end of the year, so we held a rummage sale of Christmas decorations to raise money for the Compassion Cupboard. Start cleaning your Christmas storage now because we are having our 2nd Annual Rummage and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, November 5, beginning at 8:00 AM. To help the volunteers, please price your items and bring them to the church anytime Friday, November 4. All money raised will be given to the Compassion Cupboard.