Worship & Sermons

Current Worship & Sermon

Listen to an audio recording of our Jazz Vespers Service here:

This audio recording of our 5:00pm Jazz Vespers Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 16th, 2022, features Mike Horsfall (piano), Valarie Griffiths Brown (vocals), Laurent Nickel (bass), Brent Follis (drums), and our special guest artist John Stowell (guitar) … and includes a Prelude: “Rain Check” by B. Strayhorn, and “Mood Indigo” by D. Ellington; Welcome and Invocation by Pastor David Knapp; Processional Verses composed by Marguerite Luc: Hymn of Light, Thanksgiving for Light; Psalm 141; Psalm Prayer; Psalm 36:5-10; Reading from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Reflection by Pastor David Knapp; “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans” by L. Alter, E. DeLange; Gospel Canticle; Announcements; Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer; The Blessing; Sending Hymn: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” ELW 697 … and concludes with Sending Music: “Nobody Else But Me” by J. Kern, and “Au Privave” by C. Parker …

Watch a video recording of our Worship Service here:

This video recording of our 9:30am Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 16th, 2022, includes a Prelude: “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” by James Biery; Confession and Forgiveness; Gathering Hymn: “Jesus, Come! For We Invite You” ELW 312; Canticle of Praise; First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Gospel: John 2:1-11; Sermon: “Wedding Announcement” by Pastor David Knapp; Hymn of the Day: “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” ELW 656; Prayers; Anthem: “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” by Harold W. Friedell; Communion; Sending Hymn: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” ELW 773 … and concludes with a Postlude: “March in C” by Felix Mendelssohn, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …


Worship & Sermon Archive

Click the links below to listen to past sermons from the St. James Worship Service:

NOTE: Apologies for the lack of sound at the beginning of the following recording (sound starts around the 5th minute) and for the quality of the sound during the first part after that. There were some technical difficulties with the sound system.

This video recording of our 9:30am Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for The Baptism of Our Lord, Sunday, January 9th, 2022, includes a Prelude: “Wie Schön Leuchtet”; Thanksgiving for Baptism; Gathering Hymn: “Brightest and Best of the Stars” ELW 303; Canticle of Praise; First Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Second Reading: Acts 8:14-17; Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22; Sermon: “Washed – Fed – Sent” by Pastor David Knapp; Hymn of the Day: “We Know that Christ is Raised” ELW 449; The Sacrament of Holy Baptism; Prayers; Anthem: “Arise, Shine, for Thy Light is Come” by Healey Willan; Communion; Sending Hymn: “As with Gladness Men of Old” ELW 302 … and concludes with a Postlude: “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by Marcel Dupré, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …

This video recording of our 9:30am Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 2nd, 2022, includes a Prelude: “The First Noël/Christmas Eve Waltz” by David Lanz, and “Joy to the World” by Lanz; Confession and Forgiveness; Gathering Hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High” ELW 289; Christmas Acclamation; First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Canticle: “Listen! You Nations” LBW 14; Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14; Gospel: John 1:1-18; Sermon: “Adoption” by Pastor David Knapp; Hymn of the Day: “Go Tell it on the Mountain” ELW 290; Nicene Creed; Prayers; Anthem: “Before the Marvel of This Night” by Carl Schalk; Communion; Sending Hymn: “Cold December Flies Away” ELW 299 … and concludes with a Postlude: “Noël” by Louis-Claude Daquin, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …

This video recording of our 9:30am Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the First Sunday of Christmas, December 26th, 2021, includes a Prelude: “In Dulci Jubilo” by Marcel Dupré; Confession and Forgiveness; Gathering Hymn: “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” ELW 288; Christmas Acclamation; First Reading: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148: “Praise the Lord! O Heavens” ELW 823; Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-17; Gospel: Luke 2:41-52; Sermon: “Enter Stage Left” by Pastor David Knapp; Hymn of the Day: “The Bells of Christmas” (v. 1-4) ELW 298; Nicene Creed; Prayers; Carol: “In the Bleak Midwinter” ELW 294; Communion; Sending Hymn: “Angels From the Realms of Glory” ELW 275 … and concludes with a Postlude: “Regent Square”, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …

This video recording of our 10:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for The Nativity of Our Lord, Friday, December 24th, 2021, includes a Prelude: “Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen” by Johannes Brahms, “Jeg er så glad hver julekveld” by Peder Knudsen, and “All My Heart, this Night, Rejoices” by Piet Post; Bearing the Light of Christmas (Solo): “I Wonder as I Wander”; Hymn: “O Come All Ye Faithful” (v. 1, 3, 4) ELW 283; Carol of Praise: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” ELW 270; Prayer of the Day; First Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7; Anthem: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Daniel E. Gawthrop; Second Reading: Micah 5:2-5a; Carol: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (v. 1 & 4) ELW 279; Third Reading: Luke 1:26-38; Carol: “The Angel Gabriel to Heaven Came” ELW 265; Fourth Reading: Matthew 1:18-25; Carol: “The First Noel” (v. 1 & 2) ELW 300; Gospel: Luke 2:1-20; Sermon: “Comfort and Joy” by Pastor David Knapp; Carol of the Day: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”; Nicene Creed; Prayers; Anthem: “The Virgin’s Slumber Song” by Reger/Proulx; Communion; Candle Lighting Rite and Solo: “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam; Carol (Choir): “Night of Silence” by Daniel Kantor; Carol: “Silent Night” ELW 281; Blessing … and concludes with a Sending Carol: “Joy to the World” (v. 1, 2, & 4) ELW 267, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ, with Violinist Megan Scott, and Soloist Cameron Herbert …

This video recording of our 4:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for The Nativity of Our Lord, Friday, December 24th, 2021, includes a Prelude: “Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen” by Johannes Brahms, “Jeg er så glad hver julekveld” by Peder Knudsen, and “All My Heart, this Night, Rejoices” by Piet Post; Bearing the Light of Christmas: “I Wonder as I Wander” sung by Caitlin Stave; Hymn: “O Come All Ye Faithful” ELW 283; Carol of Praise: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” ELW 270; Reading of the Prophet: Isaiah 9:2-7; Carol: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” ELW 279; Reading Concerning Mary: Luke 1:26-38; Carol: “What Child is This” ELW 296; Reading Concerning Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25; Children’s Time; Reading of the Christmas Story: Luke 2:1-20; Carol: “Away in a Manger” ELW 277; Sermon: “Comfort and Joy” by Pastor David Knapp; Carol of the Day: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”; Nicene Creed; Prayers; Solo: “A Child is Born” sung by Chrisse Roccaro; Communion; Candle Lighting Rite and Solo: “O Holy Night” sung by Caitlin Stave; Carol: “Night of Silence” sung by Chrisse Roccaro and Caitlin Stave; Carol: “Silent Night” ELW 281; Blessing … and concludes with a Sending Carol: “Joy to the World” ELW 267, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …

This audio recording of our 5:00pm Jazz Vespers Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19th, 2021, features Mike Horsfall (piano), Valarie Griffiths Brown (vocals), Laurent Nickel (bass), Tim Rap (drums), and our special guest artist Allan Mair (flute) … and includes a Prelude: “Ding Dong Merrily on High” traditional carol, and “Snowbound” by Dave Frishberg; Welcome and Invocation by Pastor David Knapp; Processional Verses composed by Marguerite Luc: Hymn of Light, Thanksgiving for Light; Psalm 141; Psalm Prayer; Psalm 80:1-7; Reading from Luke 1:39-55; Reflection by Pastor David Knapp; “Breath of Heaven” by A. Grant, C. Eaton; Gospel Canticle; Announcements; Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer; The Blessing; Sending Hymn: “People Look East” ELW 248 … and concludes with Sending Music: “The First Noel” traditional carol, and “O Holy Night” traditional carol …

This video recording of our 9:30am Worship Service from St. James Lutheran Church for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19th, 2021, includes a Prelude: “Savior of the Nations, Come” by Johann Pachelbel; Lighting of the Advent wreath: “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (v. 4) ELW 240; Gathering Hymn: “Savior of the Nations, Come” ELW 263; Advent Acclamation; First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a; Canticle of Mary: Luke 1:46b-55 (Solo) “Magnificat” by Randall Thompson; Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10; Gospel: Luke 1:39-55; Sermon: “Mary Sings” by Pastor David Knapp; Hymn of the Day: “My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness” ELW 251; Prayers of Intercession; Anthem: “Ave Maris Stella” by Lajos Bárdos; Communion; Sending Hymn: “Joy to the World” ELW 267 … and concludes with a Postlude: “Savior of the Nations, Come” by J.S. Bach, played by Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave on the St. James Organ …