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

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sunday 11/4 - All Saints

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
    though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams
    make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city;
    it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.

Psalm 46:1-6

We read this Psalm in church last Sunday looks back to this week of storm and trials. yet it also looks forward to God's promise of help, security, and presence in the midst of adversity, in the midst of the city.

PSE&G expects electrical service to be restored to most of Jersey City by Monday 11/5 - many areas came back on Friday night and Saturday morning. If you have needs following the storm, please reach out to us and we will help if we can. Contact Paul at 201.238.5987 for immediate needs.

This Sunday, as we give thanks for the ways in which God is seeing us through our current trials, we also remember those who have gone before us. On All Saints Sunday we recall the faithful departed, especially those who have died this past year. We write their names in the congregation's book of life, we say their names aloud in worship, and we place candles on the altar commemorating their witness to God's light on this earth.

St. Matthew's church building survived the storm without damage, and electrical power was restored to it on Thursday. This Sunday we will proclaim God's saving word, and share God's saving meal, Pastor Hans Arnesen presiding at a service of Holy Communion.

Daylight Savings Time ends: TURN BACK YOUR CLOCK 1 hour on Saturday night.

Rejoice in the Lord! God's mercies endure forever.

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

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