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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.

 

Church Services:

Worship Schedule

Saturday

5:00 PM Worship Service

Sunday

10:15 AM Worship

Upcoming Events:

Soup Supper Schedule

As in the past, we will continue our Lenten tradition of soup suppers before the Lenten service. Each week a different group will be responsible for bringing the soup, setting up, and cleaning up. Please try to have your soup at the church by 5 PM.

Here is the schedule:

• March 13 – Officers bring soup

• March 20 – Trustees bring soup

• March 27 – Deacons bring soup

• April 3 – Education & Youth bring soup

• April 10 – Volunteers bring soup

More information on all of these events and more read our Church Newsletter.

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.

 

Toward Morning - March 2019

The month of March signals the beginning of our Lenten journey toward the cross of Jesus and Easter. We call it a journey because it really does feel that way, as though we're moving and even being propelled from a growing darkness toward a joy-filled morning.

Lent is reflected in the sky itself as the darkness of winter begins to relent and the days begin to lengthen. The word “Lent” actually comes from the Old English word meaning “to lengthen or make longer,” referring to the lengthening of the daylight. Our worship from now until Easter will focus on this journey, toward morning.

On Ash Wednesday, perhaps the most penitential day of the church calendar, we gather for a worship service with a focus on the weakness of our mortality and admitting our need for God's mercy. It is in the midst of this ancient Ash Wednesday liturgy that we hear an invitation to Lent. We hear these words:

“As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love – strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament...”

It is important to remember that the “disciplines of Lent” are not things we do in order to earn a promised resurrection. The work of Jesus on the cross is our only righteousness! The “disciplines of Lent” are simply the tools used by faithful travelers trying to keep their eyes focused on a path that leads out of darkness toward morning.

After Ash Wednesday, on the five subsequent Wednesday evenings of Lent, we will explore these “disciplines of Lent” with a different preacher each week. Stephan Sandness (Our Savior's, Spearfish), Jonathan Steiner (Piedmont Valley), Kris Garlick (Grace, Sturgis) and Rachel Nelson (Campus Ministries) and I will be taking turns at each church over the course of the Lenten season.

Our theme is “Toward Morning”. We'll be exploring together how the “disciplines of Lent” (generosity, prayer, hospitality, fasting/sacrifice and penitence) can be guideposts for travelling Christians. The worship at St. James during the Wednesdays of Lent will use the beautiful setting of the Holden Evening Prayer as our foundational liturgy. Meals will be served beginning at 5:30, with worship at 6:30 PM.

Join us for the Wednesdays of Lent this year, as together we make our way Toward Morning!

In the sure and certain hope of new life,

Vicar Kari Webb

 

Church Notes:


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Toward Morning: A Lenten Journey

The season of Lent calls us to a journey of discipleship. We will gather at St. James often during this Lenten season, moving through sacred texts which will propel us through the darkness Toward Morning, and the joy of Easter!

On Saturday evenings (5 PM) and Sunday mornings (10:15 AM) during Lent, the sermon series will focus on our shared life experiences. We will move Toward Morning with Jesus in the wilderness and hear about the safe places under his wing. Each week, the biblical texts of Lent let us walk together, learning from the “prodigal son” and spending time by Jesus' side, pouring out our hearts to him.

Our mid-week Lenten services will move us Toward Morning by focusing on the Lenten disciplines. On Ash Wednesday (March 6) we gather to mark the cross of Christ on our foreheads and begin with a blessing. For the next five weeks, our mid-week Lenten services will focus on the spiritual disciplines which guide us on our journey: prayer, hospitality, penance and generosity.

As the darkness of winter begins to lift in March, our hearts begin to lift as well! We gather to pray, to eat, to sing and to hear God's word. You are invited to join your church family on a Lenten journey from darkness Toward Morning

 

 

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