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, March 29, 2012

This week at St. Matthew's

Upcoming events:
3/30 Friday 6:30pm Family Game night with Lily's Girl Scouts
4/1 Palm Sunday 10:30am Procession, 11am service
4/5 Maundy Thursday 6pm Dinner followed by worship service
4/6 Good Friday 7pm Seven Last Words of Christ
4/8 Easter Sunday 11am Resurrection!

This Sunday we shout Hosanna and process in the neighborhood, recalling Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. In the coming week we will journey with him through the Last Supper on Thursday night, to the cross on Good Friday, and beyond.

Rev. Judith Spindt will lead us in a service of Holy Communion this Sunday, to nourish us for the coming week and for life eternal.

Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sun 3/25 Andy Rhode celebration

It is a busy weekend at Saint Matthews.

Thursday 3/22 7pm: Bible study with soup, Mark chapter 10. Jesus is on the verge of entering Jerusalem and the week of his Passion.

Saturday 3/24 10am-2pm: Clean and Polish and Sort Day. A Rummage Sale strategy meeting will be held from 12 to 12:30. Bring your hands and minds ready to work!

Sunday 3/25 11am worship, 1:30pm Dedication of the Andrew C. Rhode Theater at the Barrow Mansion. Please come to celebrate Andy and share refreshments and stories with our neighbors.
You delight in truth deep within me, and
would have me know wisdom deep within.
Psalm 51:6

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

Prayer updates:
+ Emma Behrens remains at Jersey City Medical Center.
+ Carol Andersen's cancer surgery was successful; she and Harvey appreciate your prayers and good wishes.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sunday 3/18 - Worship at 11am

This Sunday we hear an ancient story from the book of Numbers. After their escape from slavery in Egypt, the people are afflicted by serpents. The Lord tells Moses to raise up a bronze serpent that people can look to for healing. More than a thousand years later, John's gospel sees Jesus in this story, that he was lifted up on the cross, and that those who look to him are delivered.

This Sunday we will look to Jesus in the words of scripture, in our lives together, and in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, Rev. Will Henkel preaching and presiding.

Look to Jesus for healing; turn to Jesus for life.

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

Bible study in Lent:
- Thursdays at 7pm we'll share a light meal and read through the Gospel of Mark. Volunteers for providing soup are appreciated and can contact mark_sandstrom@yahoo.com.
- Sundays at 1pm we'll read through a number of shorter books in the Old Testament (targeting one book per session), Paul Ellis hosting.

Andy Rhode Celebration:
Sunday, March 25, 1:30pm
St. Matthew's and the Barrow Mansion Development Corporation will dedicate the Andrew C. Rhode Theater in honor of Andy Rhode and his father's decades of service to our community. Please join us to celebrate Andy and share refreshments. 83 Wayne St.

Artwork: "Serpent Spiral," at the Musée Guimet, by Giant Ginkgo.
 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lent Bible study and Sunday worship

Daylight savings time begins this Sunday. Set your clock ahead one hour.

Bible study in Lent:
- Thursdays at 7pm we'll share a light meal and read through the Gospel of Mark. Volunteers for providing soup are appreciated and can contact mark_sandstrom@yahoo.com.
- Sundays at 1pm we'll read through a number of shorter books in the Old Testament (targeting one book per session), Paul Ellis hosting.

This Sunday, Jesus gets angry. "In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables" (John 2:14-15).

A life lived in faith is not without turmoil. Responding to God may lead us into conflict, when we see injustice. The Jesus who overturned table, also overturned the world order, simply by practicing healing, forgiveness, and the miraculous sharing of his life.

We celebrate life in Christ with a meal of his bread and wine, Rev. Gordon Huff preaching and presiding.

All have a home in God's house.

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

Artwork: Jesus cleanses the temple, by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey.