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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunday 4/15 - Jesus appears

Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you...." But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." John 20:19, 24-25

Traditionally called "Doubting Thomas," this apostle expresses something very real to us. Can we trust in God's amazing power? Jesus does not dismiss his question, but comes again to meet Thomas exactly where he is.

Watch for Jesus; he is risen!

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

Congregation news:

Thu 4/12 7pm, Supper and Bible study. This is the final evening in this series, and we will be reading the end of Mark, with the women at the empty tomb.

Sun 4/22 12:30pm, Special congregation meeting. The one item on the agenda will be a proposal from the Congregation Council to authorize spending of up to $10,000 for emergency repair of roofing elements. There will be a short presentation regarding the work, and a vote as required by the Constitution for all non-budgeted spending over $5,000.

Pastoral call process. As reported in church last Sunday, the call committee has recommended a candidate to the Congregation Council, who is proceeding to meet with the candidate and consider a recommendation to the Congregation. Please continue to pray for our congregation's discernment and future.

Gracious God, you call us into new life in your Holy Spirit. Guide this congregation in our call process. Encourage us in living out your call to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people by following the example of Jesus Christ, and send to us a pastor who will strengthen us in this mission. Amen.

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