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
Every Sunday is a little Easter celebration, but it will seem more like Easter on July 21-22, 2018, at St. Matthew’s. We welcome you to worship with us as we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Pastor Samuel David Zumwalt, STS, preaches: “Church, Proclaim: Christ the Resurrected (John 20:1-18). Brayden Michael, son of Mike and Kristin, will be baptized at the 11 a.m. Eucharist.
From the console of our 25 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Deb Ebert plays joyous hymns and service music. The hymns are: “Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven!” (Saturday Entrance); “Christ Is Alive!” (Hymn of the Day) and “The Day of Resurrection” (Saturday Recessional and Sunday Entrance); “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” (Sunday Recessional). Sunday distribution hymns include: “For All the Faithful Women” and “Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven.”
We pray for our high school youth group and sponsors as they travel to their servant mission trip in Appalachia.
Don’t forget worship on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at noon!
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