2017 Youth Sunday!

Youth Sunday was April 23, 2017.  The Youth led all parts of the service, including helping to give the sermon, which was on Doubt from the story of Doubting Thomas.  Youth used personal stories to illustrate times when doubt served to strengthen their faith.

Read the text of the sermon here. If you’d like to listen to the sermon, click here and scroll down to Sermons.

Thanks be to God for all our wonderfully vibrant young leaders!

 

Youth (and soon-to-be Youth) on Youth Sunday 2017

 



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Walking the Path — Musings by Mother Liz

Musing from Mother Liz

If you take a walk towards the pine trees that line Oak Road, you will notice some recent changes.  There is a path through the trees, lined by wood planks.  On a sunny day, one end of the path will be in the sun; the other in shadow.  Depending on your spiritual mood, you can choose to enter in sunshine and finish in shadow, or enter in shadow and move into the light.  Slight breezes cause a murmur in the pines above, and oddly, you don’t notice the traffic that passes on Oak Road. Bible verses on plaques that line the path invite you to slow down; to read affirmations of God’s love, and faithfulness and never-ending support.  You find that you want to take your time as you walk.   The verses speak words of encouragement and the pace allows you to notice your surroundings.  Benches scattered along the path tempt you to slow down even more; to sit and rest, or maybe just breathe.  You are in sacred space, and somehow, your spirit knows that.  It is a gift, offered in hopes that its use would connect us more deeply to God.

Holy Week is also a path – a path that starts in celebration and moves to darkness; from sunshine to shadow.  Holy Week is a time that asks each of us to walk the path with Jesus, from Palm Sunday, through Good Friday, and on to the promise of Easter.  I invite you this week to walk with us, through the various services we will have: Tuesday’s service of Reconciliation and Healing, Wednesday’s Healing Eucharist; Maundy Thursday, with washing of hands and feet and stripping of the altar, the Thursday Night Watch, Good Friday services, the Vigil of Easter on Saturday, and Easter services on Sunday.  I also encourage you to take time to walk this Meditation Path, and allow it to give quiet space for reflection and prayer.

The Meditation Path is a creation of Josh Hurst, done as part of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program in America.  I read that only 4% of boy scouts are granted this rank, and the process is a long one.  I am thankful that Josh thought of St. Matthew’s when he defined his project.  He has given us a profound space in which to reconnect with God, not only during this most holy week, but for always.  Thank you, Josh Hurst.

In Peace, Mother Liz+



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St. Matthew’s Gears Up for the Easter Eggstravaganza April 15

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday April 15th  – 10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include:

 Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.

 Easter Egg hunts for the children, divided into three age groups. So bring your children, their basket, your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

 Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few….

Set Up  * Decorating  *  Hunt  *  Snacks  *  Egg Coloring 

Bounce House/Games   *  Clean Up

You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @ cherly756@yahoo.com

Ministry Opportunity–We are also looking for someone hearing the call to chair this event next year. If that is you please contact Cheryl so you can shadow her this year to be ready for next year.

Donations Needed To Fill Eggs

Donations of individually wrapped candy, stickers or small toys needed by Sunday April 9th to fill over 1200 eggs to be used for the hunt.

Look for a basket in the narthex for your donations.



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Holy Week and Easter Services Schedule

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. blessing of the palms and outdoor procession led by the youth, and enactment of the Passion Story.  Incense at both services.
SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION & HEALING – Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

HEALING EUCHARIST – Wednesday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 13, at 7:30 p.m. – Hand & Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar followed by the Vigil at the Altar of Repose. The congregation is invited to sign up for one or more time slots on the Vigil poster in the narthex, to watch with Christ as the disciples did in the garden. Please note you do not have to be signed up to come and watch. All are invited to visit the Altar of Repose in the Coil Chapel as they are able.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14th
Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m.
Good Friday Service with music at 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 6:45 p.m.
Good Friday Service 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – EASTER VIGIL AT 7:30 P.M. (with incense)
First Eucharist of Easter (with baptism). The congregation is invited to bring bells (small to medium sized) to ring at the Gloria as we celebrate the Resurrection at the first Eucharist of Easter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – EASTER DAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. (with incense both services)
The Sunday of the Resurrection.  Bring flowers from home or use those provided to flower the Cross during each service.



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Ash Wednesday Services

Come begin a holy Lent.

7:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.

 

For other Lenten programs at St. Matthew’s, please click here.



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Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day Services

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve:

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II – Family Service with the Cherub Choir

(No nursery available on this day so that all families may worship together)

7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:30 p.m. Carol Sing

11:00 p.m. Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II (with incense) with the Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

(No nursery available on this day)

Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

(No nursery available on this day)



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Sanctuary Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Election Day

 

Prayers for the Election –  November 8, 7am – 7pm

Prayer for an Election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States  in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This year’s election campaign process has been especially divisive.  And yet, we are called to participate in our form of government and we are blessed with the privilege of being allowed to vote in this country.  We also acknowledge that as important as our President is, our allegiance as Christians is to God as we know him in Jesus Christ.  Therefore, St. Matthew’s will make the sanctuary available for prayer and reflection on election day, Tuesday, November 8, from the time the polls open at 7am, until they close at 7pm.  We will offer prayer cards to guide your prayers and meditations on that day.

A service of Holy Eucharist will follow at 7:30 p.m.

 



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Evening of Remembrance Photo Gallery

During the Evening of Remembrance, our parish experienced a very meaningful time of meditation, reflection and fond memories.  Around 60 folks, young and old, came out on a beautiful evening to place flowers on the cross, add stones to the cairn, walk the Labyrinth, and find peaceful quiet in the Sanctuary. Music supplied a stirring background throughout the event.

 

Paying respect to those who have gone on before us, over 180 names were spoken aloud during the Memorial Service, each receiving a resonate toll from the bell. 

 



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Evening of Remembrance on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

St. Matthew’s will celebrate the lives of our family and friends who have gone on before us with a special evening service incorporating some of the traditions used by cultures around the world. At 7:30, a brief memorial service will be held in the sanctuary during which the names of those we have lost will be read.

If you have friends and family you would like commemorated during this service, PLEASE USE THE RED SIGN-UP BOOK IN THE PASS-THROUGH BETWEEN THE MAIN HALLWAY AND THE NARTHEX. All names should be submitted by Wednesday, November 2nd.

There will be quiet time beginning at 6:30 for various kinds of contemplation. The sanctuary and the Coil Chapel will be reserved for silent prayer. The labyrinth will be set up in the parish hall for prayer walks. Mother Liz and Sally Ulrey will be available for those who just want to talk to someone. We hope that you will join us to light a candle, place a flower on the cross, place a stone on the cairn, or simply say a prayer as you search for your own peace and understanding of that most mystifying aspect of life: death.

 



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Spotlight on Ministry — Flower Guild

The St. Matthew’s Flower Guild Ministry has been happily adding life, beauty, and a deeper meaning to our worship at the altar each week for about 2 1/2 years. The use of flowers in the church is our expression of joy and love for the Lord. We arrange in accordance with the Church calendar, coordinating with Mother Liz and getting input from the Worship committee to better comprehend the Liturgy and the direction of the Seasons. After Sunday services, the flower arrangements are disassembled to take on Eucharistic visits, to share with the weekly donors of the flowers, and to beautify the church spaces for weekly activities. Also, we have occasional demonstrations by guest speakers that are open to interested members of the Parish. These thoughts from Flower Guild member Tammy Pearson:

“Participation in the Flower Guild has been a gift to me in so many ways. Not only have I felt able to make a contribution to our worship service, it has enabled fellowship with many wonderful members of the parish I may not have gotten to know otherwise. The Flower Guild is such a positive and uplifting group. I encourage anyone who is interested to check it out. We all have different styles and gifts; this is a ministry that is very inclusive and only requires a willing spirit!”



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