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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday 7/29 - 10am communion

Biblical stories often give us only the briefest of sketches. As the people who walked with Jesus became characters in the gospels, we may struggle to imagine them as real, living human beings.

This Sunday we commemorate Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany, sisters and brothers who were friends of Jesus. They offered him and other disciples hospitality in their home outside Jerusalem. Jesus grieved at Lazarus' death, and opened his tomb that he might rejoin the living, and as a sign of the resurrection to come. This picture imagines them reunited after Lazarus has been restored to life.

Their story cannot be that strange to us. All too often, those who are close leave us. They (or we) move away or fall apart. Eventually death takes everyone away. Jesus knows this, and invites us to something more than this ordinary reality. In his fellowship, he challenges us to make the most of our time together, to radically share our lives with one another. And then to trust that God will knit together all the unraveled threads in our life, even beyond the end of time.

This Sunday, we gather together to share the Lord's blessings, including each other, with Rev. Lou Dunkle preaching and presiding at the communion table.

May God bless you always.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City
201.432.9319

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