“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the words spoken on Ash Wednesday, the most solemn day for Christians, as each penitent comes forward to be marked with a cross of ashes. The ashes remind us that all of us must die on account of our sins. The cross reminds us of the Risen Jesus’ promise: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).
The forty days of Lent, which echo Jesus’ forty day fast in the wilderness (see Matthew 4), begin on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and reach their spiritual destination at the Triduum (the three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which celebrate the heart of the Christian faith). During the forty days of Lent, which do not include the six Sundays in Lent, Christians devote themselves to prayer, fasting, and works of mercy.
Our Lenten daily devotional theme at St. Matthew’s is “Through Death to Life.” We will consider the seven deadly sins (pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and acedia or sloth) and reflect daily on how these sins threaten to draw us away from the eternal life and love of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). If you would like to receive our Lenten daily devotional emails, please make your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to worship with us on Ash Wednesday at noon or 7pm. Join us for a special evening on Friday, March 7, at 7pm for “Singing a Holy Lent” with guest organist Andrew Scanlon, organ professor at East Carolina University and organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville NC.
Make a good beginning to Lent also by joining us for our Lenten Prayer Retreat on Saturday, March 8, from 8:30am to 4pm. We begin with Morning Prayer and will have as our guest teacher, The Rev. Dr. James E. Bennett, retired bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA. His topic is “The Church: Who and What She Is,” a look at St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. To register and for further information, please contact: email@example.com
We also invite you to join us each Wednesday in Lent at noon (spoken Eucharist) or 7pm (sung Evening Prayer) as we meditate weekly on one of the seven deadly sins and its corresponding virtue.
Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and joy,
Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS
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Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (High School) .
Wednesday Music Practice Schedule:
5:00 Little Luther Choir (PK4-1st grade) 5:25pm Luther Choir (grades 2-5)
6:00-6:45pm Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:30pm Adult Choir