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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunday 7/22 - 10am worship

This Saturday 7/21 we'll gather together to do some cleanup behind the church. See the famous back wall! Starting at 10am.

On Sunday we'll hear from the letter to the Ephesians, telling what Jesus has done to bring together Jews and Gentiles, once foreigners to each other: "Christ Jesus is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us... So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God" Ephesians 2:14,19

The early Christians saw in Jesus the power of reconciliation, the power of bringing together those who lesser powers try to keep separated. On our better days, we reach for what he has promised: forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, and all through the power of love. This Sunday we share God's presence among us, with Rev. Arnd Braun-Stork presiding at a service of Holy Communion.

In Christ Jesus the whole structure is joined together.

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

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Photo:
Bayonne Bridge under construction, approximately 1930.
 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This Sunday 7/15 - 10am communion

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ... Ephesians 1:1-3

One of the most prevalent images of God in scripture is of God as Father, a parent who conceives and provides for, who watches and worries over his children. In the New Testament, this fatherhood is creatively reimagined as an adoptive relationship. New members are continually being added to the family, not by birth but by rebirth through faith and in the waters of baptism.

We saw this happen last week with Iris, and will see it a few weeks hence with Diego. All because God’s parental vision for us is founded in love. You have seen the way new parents look at their children, beloved and perfect. How much more is this the case with a parent whose love is beyond measure.

All God’s children share in that love as we share in God’s welcome table. This Sunday at St. Matthew’s, Rev. Fred Schott will preside at a service of Holy Communion beginning at 10am. It’s a big family, a big table, and all are welcome.

Blessed in Christ.

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

Photo:
NFL player Demarcus Ware holds his daughter Marley, named after Demarcus’ favorite reggae artist. In 2008 Mr. Ware and his wife Taniqua adopted Marley after three failed pregnancies. Photo by Images of Grace Photography, published in the New York Times, June 15, 2008.
 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sunday 7/8 - 10am worship

"When the Lord spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet..." Ezekiel 2:2

In the Genesis story, God created human beings by breathing life into a mud figure, causing it to stand up and enter into the dance of life. God is always calling us to stand up, to reach out to one another, and be responsible for God's gifts.

This Sunday at St. Matthew's, we celebrate God's amazing grace, with the baptism of our sister Iris. We take God's word into our lives, with Pr. Judith Spindt preaching and presiding at a service of Holy Communion, beginning at 10am.

Fill your heart with joy;
drink deep of God's goodness.


St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City
201-432-9319
stmatthewsjc.org