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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Season of Pentecost

From early Summer up to the gate of Winter, the church year is one long season. Sometimes called "ordinary time," the weeks between the Feast of Pentecost and Advent focus on the ministry of Jesus and the mission of the church. While the mission is extra-ordinary, it is in fact the ordinary "business" of the church to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to practice what he preached.

As Jesus walked among his people, he preached the coming of the Kingdom of God. We know he prayed, and had a close relationship with his heavenly Father. He knew and practiced the religion of his people. Yet in this religious context, so much of his message is not what we might call religious. He spoke of the love of God, the reality of hope, and the importance of a just community.


Jesus came to heal a world in need. The people of St. Matthew's come to him each week for his good Word and holy meal. Summer services at 10am.

Together in the Holy Spirit.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014

Trinity Sunday - June 15 10am

O LORD our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
you whose glory is chanted above the heavens
out of the mouths of infants and children;
    you have set up a fortress against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them,
    human beings that you should care for them?

Psalm 8:1-4

The psalm sings of the glory of creation and of humans' place in it, "a little less than the angels." It echoes the stately order of the creation story found in the first chapter of Genesis. It has an air of wonder at this amazing world of God's creation.

This Sunday, Trinity Sunday, the church pays attention to that theological image of God who is One, yet known in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We may not understand this Tri-Unity, but we can glory in the way three can be perfectly in-sync.

At St. Matthew's we celebrate the mystery of God by gathering together for prayer and praise in a service of the Word with Paul Bellan-Boyer leading worship and preaching. The sermon title, "How Good," is taken from the Hebrew words ki tov which recur throughout that great story of creation which opens the Bible: "In the beginning..."

Together in God's grace.

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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pentecost! - June 8

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4

At St. Matthew's we celebrate the gift of the Spirit by WEARING RED and by hearing readings in some of the languages which comprise our congregation (Spanish, German, Telugu, Russian, Tagalog, Hungarian, English). Pr. Hans Arnesen will preach and preside at Holy Communion.

Alive with Christ!

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