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.
5:00 PM Worship Service
9:00 AM Worship Service
St. James Radio
St. James Radio Broadcast
Did you realize that on those days that you just can’t make it to church, you could listen to the broadcast on local radio stations? Turn your radio to either KBFS-AM at 1450 or KYDT-FM at 103.1, and you will hear our worship service at 10:15 AM every Sunday. We know we have a number of regular listeners, and we do greatly appreciate your input on how the service is coming over the air. Please call the church at 723-3923 and let us know if there is some way we can improve the broadcast.
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 Jeff
To St. James Lutheran Church and to the church around the world, grace and peace from Christ Jesus, our Lord.
"Homo Incurvatus in se" is the Latin used by Martin Luther, Augustine, and Karl Barth for human beings that are turned "inward" on themselves. Sin is that which consumes us so we pay attention only to ourselves and don't allow our faith in Christ to lead us toward those around us who have never heard, much less experienced, the life of Christ. We are often so comfortable living in our own fears and can only see what we don't have.
I also lift up another Latin phrase, "Simul Justis et Piccator". Martin Luther used the term "Simultaneously Saint and Sinner". As Christians, we are called to recognize that we are sinners, and we are also saints, not of our doing but because of Christ. We have new life every single day. No matter how often you might be thinking of only your self or your family or faith family without regard to those around you, every day we are called to die to sin and to allow Christ to lead us away from our selfishness to seek the care of those around us. We are to proclaim by sharing our inadequacies and to admit our concupiscence, which might help the world understand that we are sinners by nature, as they are, and saints by grace through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord, and nothing else. Our part in this is not to worry about tomorrow, not to dwell on the past, but to live in the moment
every single breath of our lives. We are to live as we pray God's kingdom come and God's will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Every single work that we do as a church apart from Christ is always bound to incurvature; that is, it announces what we have done to the glory of our own names and place. However, if we as the church acknowledge what Christ is doing through us, we are more than able to give praise to what God is doing in our midst and through our actions. So let us give praise to our youth, our 5th and 6th graders, who raised with all of your money over $2,500 for a drinking well in a country that has very few resources. If we did this to blow our own horns, then the glory is ours and not God's. Hence, we have our miracle
worker whom we often forget to acknowledge and who allows this gift to be something more than drinking water for those using it. This gift becomes a source for telling stories about how a group of kids raised money of their own accord for other kids who could not get a drink of water. These stories of faith emerge because what we do in Christ always expands, always grows, always changes us to recognize that though we are often caught in sin, we are becoming saints through Christ. That is worth sharing to everyone you know. It is my prayer for you to contemplate your being, your faith, and your actions and to allow the Christ of miracles and the Christ of living water to flow from your broken self-centered needs and to breathe the fresh air of Christ every moment of your life. Amen.
Have a great summer, and I will see you in church as we worship God.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be held July 28 through August 1 and will again be led by the Outlaw Ranch counselors. There is no cost to the children attending VBS. Registration forms are available at the church, and parents need to fill out these forms as soon as possible so we know how many children will be attending.
The Board of Education is looking for volunteers to house about 3 or 4 counselors as well as volunteers to help bring snacks for the children and/or meals for the counselors. If you can help with housing or snacks, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church. You may also call the church at 723-3923 or speak to Audrey Bickerdyke, Sue Otterman, or Nicole Weishaar.
St. James Lutheran Church has an account set up with Savers Mart in Belle Fourche as a way to bring in extra money for the church. Currently if anyone brings items to Savers Mart to be sold and wishes to have the money donated to St. James, they may do so by letting the staff there know it is to go into the St. James Lutheran account. At the last church council meeting, it was decided that for the next year any money in the church's account at Savers Mart would go to the youth to help pay for the national convention in Detroit the summer of 2015. So if you have items to go to Savers Mart and are donating the money to the church, thank you very much for your contributions!