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Saint James is acongregation of the ELCA (link) and its Lower Susquehanna Synod (link)

Worship Time 10:30 AM
(nursery provided)
Sunday School 9:15 AM

The benediction is a blessing at the close of the liturgy. The benediction that I have always taken a great deal of comfort in and one that you may be familiar with is from Numbers 6:22-26. In this passage the Lord instructs Moses to tell Aaron how to bless the Israelites: "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." This face shines on us as we go about our daily lives and is the face that draws us all back together in His name.

These faces found throughout this website are an assembly of believers that are called together by the Holy Spirit through the waters of Holy Baptism into the body of Christ. We gather through God's mercy and grace around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also have our faith nourished and strengthened at the Lord's Table in the Holy Eucharist, a visible sign of God's continued love and forgiveness for us. These faces on the following web pages form Saint James Lutheran Church, the body of Christ, His church; collectively are the face of that church.

Many artists over the years have lent their talents and interpretations to the depiction of the face of our Lord Jesus Christ, however as we collectively form the body of Christ we too collectively are the face of that body. So as you 'surf' through this web site may the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. Moreover, as we, the face of the church, are sent into the world with this wonderful blessing let us recall the words of Saint John in his first Epistle, "we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ."


Pastor Mark S. Kopp

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