The time after Pentecost is traditionally known as ordinary (literally, “numbered”) time. The Sundays after the Epiphany of our Lord and the Sundays after Pentecost each have a number (Lectionary 1, etc.). Green, the color of growth, is the color of this time and reflects the growth of Christ’s Church on earth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The gospel readings for this non-festival time of the year are filled with the Lord Jesus’ teaching both in Word and deed…that we may grow in Him having been made His disciples by our Baptism into His death and resurrection.
Whether you are new to the area, on vacation at the beach, or using summer to check out other churches, we invite you to worship with us on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m., for a conversational Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m., or, beginning in June, at noon on Wednesdays for a spoken Eucharist with healing prayer. With the exception of Monday evenings, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at all our services.
The Christian life is always lived in a community. How can Christ’s members be active, growing, and fruit-bearing without remaining connected to the Head through the Word and Sacraments? The ancient Gnostic heresy was built on a spiritual, disembodied theology and worship. When one listens to many Christians whose sense of Church history is hardly more than right now, their kinship to Gnosticism is very near. In union with the Great Tradition of Christianity, we continue, as Luke described the new Church in Acts, in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (2:42). Our worship is always biblical, creedal, sacramental, and liturgical. Come and see!
Adoring the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Pastor Samuel David Zumwalt, STS
We welcome you to worship with us on the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, October 20-21. Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS, preaches: “Confessing Christ: Lavishly” (Mark 10:35-45).
From the console of our 25 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns at all three weekend Eucharists: “You Servants of God” (Entrance); “All for Christ I Have Forsaken” (Hymn of the Day, same tune as “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus”); and “God of Grace and God of Glory” (Recessional). Sunday distribution hymns include: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “On Eagles’ Wings.”
Because of the greatest gift of all, Christ Crucified for us and our salvation, we receive pledge cards today in joyful service to God and our neighbor.
Discover the Lutheran difference this week. At St. Matthew’s, when it says Lutheran on the sign, you can actually count on scriptural, creedal, and sacramental worship week after week. Please find your way often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!
Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and joy,
Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS