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!
On February 28-March 1, we celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent. We hear the first of the Lord Jesus’ three passion predictions in Mark 8:31-39 and consider the cost of discipleship. The Rev. Dr. Frank Senn, STS, the Senior of the Society of the Holy Trinity and a world-class liturgical scholar from Chicago, will be our guest teacher for the Lenten Prayer Retreat beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Pastor Senn will also be our guest preacher for the three weekend Eucharists. The hymn of the day is the classic chorale: “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart.”
At. St. Matthew’s, we are not at all musically rigid, but we do sing hymns with spiritual depth and musical integrity in a variety of styles and from many sources. We believe the Scriptures when they declare: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), which means we don’t have to surround ourselves with nonstop loud noise.
When you worship at St. Matthew’s, you hear God’s No (His Law) and God’s Yes (His Gospel) proclaimed from the pulpit to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. There’s no soft-sell, bait-and-switch, smiling legalism with a lot of pop psychology and very little Jesus. It’s actually bracing to know we always need a Savior every day and that we cannot by our own reason or effort believe in Him or come to Him. We don’t tell you what to do. We tell you what He has done for sinners and what it means to be grateful day by day.
So…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
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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week
Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00 pm (High School) .
Music Practice Schedule:
12:30pm Sunday — Luther Choir (age 4-5th grade)
6:30 pm Tuesday* — Joyful Noise Ensemble (*before 2nd and 4th Sundays)
6:00-6:45pm Wednesday — Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:30pm Wednesday — Adult Choir
Lutheran Campus Ministry
5pm Wednesday — Supper Fellowship (during spring and fall semesters)