A Prayer for the Health of Body and Soul

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By your power, great God, our Lord Jesus healed the sick and gave new hope to the hopeless. Though we cannot command or possess your power, we pray for those who want to be healed. Mend their wounds, soothe fevered brows, and make broken people whole again. Help us to welcome every healing as a sign that, though death is against us, you are for us, and have promised renewed and risen life in Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Weekend VBS - Coming June 14-16

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"YEE HAW" weekend VBS.  Sign up under the Resource tab above.

Saddle up for a trailblazing weekend of fun!  Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday morning, kids’ll kick up their heels as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all —Jesus! 

On Sunday morning, it all comes together for a rodeo of fun, leading St. James' worship.

Stories of Faith...Around the Campfire

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This summer on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm we will continue the tradition of joining together for a time of hotdogs and fellowship.

We will gather for worship at 6:30pm. This summer we have added a new element to our time together. We have invited various St. James members to share a brief yet significant moment in their faith journey along with scripture that is reflective of their experience.

We will share in song, story and Eucharist and our worship will conclude at 7:15pm.

You are of course invited to stay longer and enjoy the campfire and fellowship. This will be a great time to be together as a community!

A Prayer for the Elders of the Community

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Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of heaven and earth. From everlasting you are God, our dwelling place in all generations. You are the source of holy wisdom, and the fountain of all truth. We give thanks to you for the elders among us. We are graced by their wisdom and seasoning. We are touched by their knowledge and faith. Bless them, O God, as they are a blessing to us. Pour out your Spirit, that our elders may continue to dream dreams and testify to the Light of their salvation, Jesus Christ. May we find inspiration in their years of faithfulness. May we follow their example by serving you with steadfastness and singleness of heart; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Faith Teams - Begin in June

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Building on the successful gathering in Lent of folks in small groups around scripture and prayer to share life, St. James is launching a new ministry concept in June called Faith Teams.

Inspired by the successful use of Bible-centered/prayer groups in Tanzania to grow the church, we will gather Christians together around a variety of tables to nurture their faith and empower them for living God’s love in the real world. 

Faith Teams will build friendships with interesting people, allow for joy and laughter, be grounded in scripture, receive daily devotions (written by Pastor Walt), pray for each other, and share life’s ups and downs in the context of Christian community.

In June, Faith Teams will be exploring Christian Hope together. Together we will look at how hope helps us to hold on and move forward, even in challenging times.

There are three Faith Teams to start this June. The intent is to grow the number of teams by at least one every four months.  Teams can meet wherever (at church or not), whenever (after initial getting-to-know period, which is once a week for four weeks, they can meet at a variety of frequencies), and with whomever (Christians within and beyond the St. James community, multigenerational, etc.).

Here is when our start-up Faith Teams are meeting:

Tuesday nights (Starlett Drader and Megan Kuneli - team leaders) - 7:00pm at St. James

Wednesday mornings (Casey Fuerst - team leader) - 9:00am at St. James

Wednesday evenings (Ainsley Fuerst - team leader) - 7:30-8:30pm at St. James

Since at St. James we practice hospitality, Jesus style, all groups are open to everyone. If you would like to participate in one of these Faith Teams, or would like more information, contact Pastor Walt.

A Prayer for those who live alone

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Gracious God, none who trust in your Son can be separated from your love. Give to those who live alone peace and contentment in their solitude, hope and fulfillment in their love of you, and joy and companionship in their relations with others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekend VBS - Coming June 14-16

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Early Registration ends May 20 for "YEE HAW" weekend VBS.  Sign up under the Resource tab above.

Saddle up for a trailblazing weekend of fun!  Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday morning, kids’ll kick up their heels as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all —Jesus! 

On Sunday morning, it all comes together for a rodeo of fun, leading St. James' worship.

A Prayer for Families

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Triune God, whose will it is that humans live in community, bless family life everywhere and fill all homes with respect, joy, laughter, and prayer. Strengthen the commitment of husbands and wives to one another, that they may mirror your covenant faithfulness; pour out your Spirit on parents, that through them their children may taste your unconditional love; and empower all family members to live in your grace and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Young Persons

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God of all good gifts, your Son gathered children into his arms and blessed them. Help us to understand our youth as they grown in years and in knowledge of your world. Give us compassion when they face temptations and experience failures. Teach us to encourage their search for truth and value in their lives. Help us to appreciate their ideals and sympathize with their frustrations; that with them we may look for a better world than either we or they have known; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Care of Children

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Almighty God, with a mother’s love and a father’s care you have blessed us with the joy and responsibility of children. As we bring them up, give us gracious love, calm strength, and patient wisdom, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

A Prayer for Vocation in Daily Life

O God, give us grace to set a good example to all among whom we live, to be just and true in all our dealings, to be strict and conscientious in the discharge of every duty; pure and temperate in all enjoyment, gracious and generous and courteous toward all; so that the mind of Jesus Christ may be formed in us and all may know that we are his disciples; in whose name we pray. Amen.

Weekend VBS - Coming June 14-16

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Early Registration ends May 20 for "YEE HAW" weekend VBS.  Sign up under the Resource tab above.

Saddle up for a trailblazing weekend of fun!  Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday morning, kids’ll kick up their heels as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all —Jesus! 

On Sunday morning, it all comes together for a rodeo of fun, leading St. James' worship.

A Prayer in Remembrance of the Faithful Departed

Eternal God, your love is stronger than death, and your passion more fierce than the grave. We rejoice in the lives of those whom you have drawn into your eternal embrace. Keep us in joyful communion with them until we join the saints of every people and nation gathered before your throne in your ceaseless praise, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the renewal of mind and body

O God, we thank you for times of refreshment and peace in the course of this busy life. Grant that we may so use our leisure for the renewal of our bodies and minds that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Stewardship of natural resources

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us coworkers in your creation. Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature so that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through you Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekend VBS - Coming June 14-16

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Registration is open, please attend "YEE HAW" VBS this summer.  Sign up under the Resource tab above.

Saddle up for a trailblazing weekend of fun!  Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday morning, kids’ll kick up their heels as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all —Jesus! 

On Sunday morning, it all comes together for a rodeo of fun, leading St. James' worship.

It's Peter Pebble Time!

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“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” – Matthew 16:18

It’s Peter Pebble Time!

This program was started in 1976 by the Children’s Christian Education Committee, as way to create an incentive for Sunday School children to memorize Bible verses, excerpts from the Lutheran Book of Worship, prayers, and portions of Luther’s Small Catechism.

For over 40 years volunteers at St. James have been painting pictures on rocks and lettering each with a Bible verse. These beautifully painted “Peter Pebbles” are earned by students from age 3 to Grade 5 who memorize the specific assignment for their grade. Click here for memory work.

Students have until May to memorize their assignment and earn a Peter Pebble.  This program is not a mandatory requirement, but we hope you will encourage your child(ren) to participate and work towards earning their very own Peter Pebble.

Please contact Patty Seewald at p.seewald@yahoo.com with any questions.

A Prayer for the gifts of agriculture

God our creator, you have ordered seedtime and harvest, sunshine and rain. Give to all who work the land fair compensation for the work of their hands. Grant that the people of this and every nation may give thanks to you for food, drink, and all that sustains life; may use with care the land and water from which these good things come; and may honor the laborers who produce them; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.