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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Acolyte Festival

Acolyte Festival 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

at the Cathedral of St. Philip

Acolytes of all ages are invited to: Engage in workshops;  Participate in the Acolyte Olympics, Take selfies with the Bishops, Fellowship with Acolytes from around the diocese.
Sign-in is at 9:00 a.m., Festival is from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $20 per person, including lunch. Registration closes on September 3rd.
For more information and to register, click here.



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Spotlight on Ministry — Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

Beginning Tuesday, September 13, St. Matthew’s Centering Prayer group will be going “back to basics” as we read and discuss one of Fr. Thomas Keating’s books, Centering Prayer: Intimacy With God. We hope to renew and refresh our knowledge of the practice of Centering Prayer as well as introduce others to the concepts of CP and the ideas of this precious, learned man.

Centering Prayer is one form of an ancient meditation practice that is sometimes called “listening prayer”. This practice of listening for God’s voice and seeking God’s presence is found in all major religions in the world, and is expressed a little differently in each. In Christianity, the practice dates back to the earliest Christian communities and was widely practiced by monks and hermits as early as the second -fourth centuries. It has undergone a renewal in the modern Church through the instruction of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and others. Thomas Keating is often considered the father of this modern form of Centering Prayer.

If you have ever wondered what this listening prayer is all about and would like to learn more about it, this is an excellent time to do so. Centering Prayer meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. We begin a twenty minute “sit” (silent meditation time) at 6:10 with the reading of a psalm, and follow the sit with the book discussion. For questions please contact Susan Carson or Vicki Conway, or speak with any member of the group.

Please come try a new way to seek closeness to our Lord through this quiet meditation practice called Centering Prayer. Hope to see you there.



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Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, August 7

A family service and Children’s Sermon on Sunday August 7 at 9:30 a.m. included the Blessing of the Backpacks as children and youth prepared to start another school year. Children of all ages brought their backpacks to church for a special blessing, and teachers and college students (adults, too!) took part, receiving a special blessing.

This event marked the end of the summer service schedule at St. Matt’s. On August 14, St. Matthew’s returned to two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. between services and Sunday School registration for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes resume Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. St. Matthew’s is a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming faith community. and we welcome all to come worship Jesus Christ in community with us.

 



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Summer Service Schedule Through August 7

Sunday, May 29 – Sunday, August 7 

Continental Breakfast 8:45 a.m.

One Service 9:30 a.m.**

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

No Sunday School or Youth Group

**Nursery available for ages 6 mos. through age four

Two services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. resume Sunday, August 14, with Sunday School registration at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School resumes Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m.

 



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Come Celebrate the Risen Christ This Easter Season. Alleluia!

All Are Welcome.    Regular Worship Schedule:

Sunday

8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II**

Breakfast 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

**10:30 a.m. Nursery Provided 6 mos. – 4 years

 

Tuesday

Centering Prayer 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday

10:00 Healing Eucharist with Unction

 

++Summer Worship Schedule — May 29 – Aug 7++

One Service Sundays 9:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II

Nursery Provided 6 mos. – 4 years

 

 



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Holy Week and Easter Day Services

Holy Week

Tuesday March 22

7:30 p.m. Service of Reconciliation & Healing
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

Wednesday March 23 

10:00 a.m. Healing Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 24

7:30 p.m. Hand & Foot-Washing and Stripping of the Altar
following the service (9:00 p.m. approx.)

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 as they are able.

Good Friday, March 25

11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross

12:00 noon Good Friday service with music

6:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross

7:30 p.m. Service with Fauré Requiem

The congregation is invited to bring family and friends to this special Good Friday service and musical presentation offered by the St. Matthew’s Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble

Easter Vigil, Saturday March 26

7:30 p.m.  First Eucharist of Easter with baptisms
(with incense)

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.

Easter Sunday, March 27

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 8:00 a.m.

Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. (with incense)

Flowering of the Cross at Both Services

Children of all ages are invited to bring flowers to place on the Cross. Flowers will also be available during the service for those who wish to use them for that purpose.



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