The Lord Jesus teaches: “I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Later in the same chapter, the Lord Jesus teaches: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…” (15:16).
The Christian life is lived within the community of God’s people where Christ, the True Vine, feeds His people in Word and Sacrament. They grow up together in Christ and go into the world to bear fruit by doing God’s will.
This is the antithesis of the narcissism, the “me-ism” that is part and parcel of the present age even in many churches. Christ Himself makes clear that whoever would follow Him must die to self everyday. This is the on-going practice of Christian Baptism…being buried and raised daily with Jesus!
Join us this weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. or on Sunday either at 8:30 or 11 a.m. and begin to grow up in Christ with us. We also have a brief Bible study and sung Evening Prayer each Monday at 6 p.m.
Perhaps you’ve wanted to try to understand what the New Testament is about. The Crossways Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.
If you have a middle school student in your house, our weekly Confirmation classes for 6th-8th graders are each Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Our Sunday School classes for ages 3 through 100+ begin with an opening at 9:45 a.m. A nursery is available for those under the age of three. If you want to take a deeper look at how Lutherans practice the Christian faith, take my class on Martin Luther’s Large Catechism at 9:55 a.m. each Sunday. Three other adult classes are offered at the same time.
There are other opportunities throughout the week to explore God’s Word and to be opened by it. Indeed the more you read and study the Bible with an open heart and mind, the more you will find yourself growing up in Christ.
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 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