St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish, which means we are “evangelical” by being committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “catholic” by being rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints. When you worship with us, you experience a vibrant Christianity that would be recognizable to the previous centuries of Christians. We are biblical, creedal, and sacramental!
Why is this so? St. Luke’s description of the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2 begins with Holy Baptism in response to the preaching of the Gospel. He says of Christ’s Church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Biblical, creedal, and sacramental worship continues today the Great Tradition built upon Christ the Cornerstone and the foundation of His apostles.
We invite you to midweek Lenten services on Wednesdays at noon (spoken Eucharist) and 7 p.m. (sung LBW Evening Prayer). This week The Rev’d. Peter Stang Hoyer preaches “The Holy Catholic Church” (The third article of the Apostles’ Creed and Luther’s explanation in the Small Catechism). The hymn of the day is “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.”
We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the weekend of March 24-25, 2018, Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion. The Rev’d. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt, STS, preaches “For Our Salvation: Dying on the Cross” (Mark 15:1-39. From the console of our 25 rank Austin organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads worshipers on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 8:30 & 11 a.m. in the singing of joyous hymns: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Entrance); “My Song Is Love Unknown” (Hymn of the Day); and “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Recessional). The St. Matthew’s Brass will play “The Old Rugged Cross” at the beginning of the distribution at 11 a.m. Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet” (Tune: Kingsfold) and “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed”). The color of the day is scarlet. We sing LBW Setting Three on Sunday. The Adult Choir sings the anthem “On Humble Beast Now Rides” at 8:30 & 11 a.m.
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