Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 22, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 22nd the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

This WEEK -on Thursday October 19 - there will be no Bible Studies. 

 

 We resume our weekly studies of scripture on Thursday, October 26

Rise and Bible- 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Preachers Bible Study -  (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Even though we won't be meeting this week, here is the text that Pastor Walt will be preaching on next Sunday. 

 

Matthew 22:15-22

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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Based on Matthew 22: 1-14, Pastor Walt's sermon explores themes of respect/honor and disrespect/shame.  Jesus tells a parable about a King and a wedding banquet.  The guests disrespect the king by first not responding to his invitation and later by killing the messenger.  The King resorts to a show of force in order to restore his honor.  Afterwards, he sends his servants into the city and invites everyone - good and bad to come to his party.  The King shows a great honor to all.  During the party, the King notices that one guest has disrespected (seemingly unknowingly) by not wearing a wedding gown (some scholars say that these were provided at the door).  

How do we honor/respect God?  In what ways do we dishonor/shame?  To answer these questions, we need to look at not only our devotion/worship/prayer life; we must also look at how we treat others.  How are we Christ to our neighbor in need?  

Christians are called to lives of respect/honor. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THIS SERMON

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 15, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 15th the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 22:1-14

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 8, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 8th, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 21:33-46

 [Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 1, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 1st the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

 

Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32

23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”

Thank you Bishop Lull

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On Sunday, September 17, Bishop Lull of the St. Paul Area Synod preached during worship.  It was good to have our synodical bishop share God's Word with us.  After worship, Bishop Lull led a question and answer segment during the coffee hour.   St. James is grateful for the partnership that we share with the other congregations of the St. Paul Area Synod.  We walk together in mission for the sake of the gospel.  

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon...

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At the start of an exciting year of ministry at St. James, Pastor Walt preaches about the need for the Christian community to be a place of reconciliation and forgiveness.  Based on Matthew 18: 15-20 - which is the designated RCL Lectionary text for the day (Pastor admits that it wouldn't be his first choice for a Rally Day sermon), this sermon looks at Jesus call to work out differences and conflicts among disciples so that there might be mutual understanding and a healing of the brokenness.   Where this doesn't work, those who won't listen to the wisdom and counsel of the community need to leave.  That said, those who leave are to remain as persons for the church's mission, just like tax collectors and other outcasts.   Reconciliation, welcome, forgiveness - good things to have on our minds as we start a year of ministry.

To listen to the sermon,  click here.  

Rally Day Celebration!

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You won't want to worship this Sunday (8:00 and 9:30 a.m.), September 10.  St. James begins another exciting year of ministry that is designed to build and deepen loving relationships with God, each other, and our neighbor.  At 9:30 worship, a Festival choir (consisting of voices from all four of our vocal choirs) will lead the congregation's song.  Children will be waving ribbons and shaking instruments as they parade around the sanctuary.   Backpacks for school will be blessed and each child/youth/adult who brings their backpack will receive a small memento.  All are welcome to participate in the Eucharistic feast. 

Sunday School begins following worship.  If you haven't registered your child or would like more information about Sunday School click here.    

A congregational Comfort Meal Pack will follow Sunday School.  Together we will stock the freeze in the narthex with Comfort Meals - St. James outreach ministry that has fed 5000 people since it began in 2010.   All ages can help pack the soup containers.

Wrapping up a full day, we will share in a BBQ lunch with meat that has been smoked by one of St. James neighbors.  The food will be great and only rivaled by the fellowship.

 

 

Last Wednesday Night Worship for the Season

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Where did the summer go?

Already the last night of our mid-week summer worship - August 30 - has arrived. For one more time (until next year), we will roast hot dogs at 6 p.m. and then worship around the campfire at 6:30 p.m.

 

Thanks go to all who have participated in making our Campfire Communion a success. Special thanks to Jeff and Kari Owens, Bob Andrews, Mark Lind, Janet Karsten, Tim Evans, and Ainsley Fuerst - our campfire band.

Beautiful Wednesday Evening Worship

Throughout the summer until the Wednesday prior to Labor Day, we worship outdoors with campfire communion.  Bring your lawn chair and a beverage.  Hot dogs and chips are served from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Worship starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts forty-five minutes.  Beautiful sunsets to follow.  

Fun "Out of the Box" Worship

During the summer, Pastor Walt is taking the Children's Message "Out of the Box."  

A box with a lid is in the narthex.  Children (and parents too) are invited to put whatever items fit into the box.  At the time of the Children's Message, Pastor Walt opens the box and uses the items to share his children's message.  They are a mystery to him until the time of the Children's message.  

Bring your items to church on Sundays and see if you can "stump the pastor."    Kids, be creative.  With your parent's permission, find something to bring in each week.  

Summer Sunday and Wednesday Worship

Sunday Worship:
8:00 am(spoken sermon and sacrament)
9:30 am (full sung liturgy).
Communion is served at all services.

Wednesday Worship:
Campfire Communion begins at 6:30 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m. a free hot dog supper is provided (you are invited to roast hot dogs over the campfire or one of our youth would be happy to do it for you).   This informal gathering is for all ages on Wednesday each week from May 31 through August 30.

Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite beverage!

Following worship at 7:15 p.m.  Pastor Walt will be having a conversation about the Bible and theology for adults who wish to stay.     

Summer office hours
       Monday-Thursday
                  9 am- noon –front desk staffed
                  Noon to 3pm -call to confirm
                  Friday—closed

 

V.B.S. Closing at Worship Tomorrow!

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At our regular 9:30 a.m. worship tomorrow, we will be doing things a little different.  Our sanctuary will be decorated like a Northwoods camp.  The children from our V.B.S. will be leading songs.  Our Word/Sacrament Worship will be filled with up beat music and stories of their adventures at CAMP OUT V.B.S.   All are welcome, we hope you can take part.    

May 31, 6pm -The first Campfire Dinner & Worship

Starting on Wednesday night, May 31, St. James hosts a mid-week worship opportunity that lasts the whole summer.  Campfire Communion begins at 6:30 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m. a free hot dog supper is provided (you are invited to roast hot dogs over the campfire or one of our youth would be happy to do it for you).   This informal gathering is for all ages on Wednesday each week from May 31 through August 30.

Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite beverage!

Following worship at 7:15 p.m.  Pastor Walt will be having a conversation about the Bible and theology for adults who wish to stay.     

Rain or Shine!   If it is raining, we gather inside in the narthex for hot dogs and worship.  

EASTER JOY IGNITED!!!

Photo taken at the Easter Sunrise worship - just before dawn and the Easter message was proclaimed. 

Photo taken at the Easter Sunrise worship - just before dawn and the Easter message was proclaimed. 

What joy to have so many people in worship at St. James on Easter Sunday.  There was a 23% increase in participation from Easter last year!   Over forty people attended the Sunrise worship - we gathered before dawn around a campfire, light the Christ Candle, heard the Easter gospel, shared Thanksgiving for Baptism, and celebrated Communion.  The 8:30 and 10:30 worship indoors were both full with energy, joy, and people. Beautiful music from the organ, piano, a combined choir, handbells, and youth brass ensemble celebrated our Lord's Resurrection.  Eucharist was served to all ages.  The children who participated in the Good Friday Crosswalk saw the tomb transformed.  

Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen Indeed!