The mission of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people
by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday 10/23 worship at 11am

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." And then the Lord gave ten commandments for the people to follow. Leviticus 19:1-2

Over the years, the commandments might have picked up a bad reputation with some, fueled by those who would impose them on others, or who seem to delight in punishing lawbreakers. But the commandments were given not by these lesser authorities, but by God. And you might simply take them as guidelines for good behavior. We don't need a heavenly enforcer to know that killing, stealing, jealousy, failure to rest, and disrespect to others eventually leads to bad results.

But look back to the way God gives the commandments: not to keep people in line, but out of God's desire that we share in the holiness, the righteousness, the goodness that is God's very nature. "You shall be holy..."

This Sunday, we'll share in God's goodness at an 11am service of Holy Communion. Rev. Lee Schleicher, a friend of David & Caroline Sitler's, will lead us in worship. His sermon is titled "Why We're Here."

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

St. Matthews Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

Congregation news:
On each of the next two Sundays we will be completing surveys to help us in strategic planning and the process to call a pastor. Please plan to join us on one of these Sundays and share your thoughts and hopes.

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