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, December 25, 2014

The Season of Christmas


The season of Christmas begins with Jesus' birth and extends to Epiphany (3 Kings, January 6). We celebrate the events of Jesus' birth recognizing God's radical step to be with us, in human form, knowing human life in its fullness.

We gather together in the church to share each other's lives, walking where Jesus walked: with people in need, with people seeking healing, with our neighbors and even with our enemies. God's call to walk the walk calls us to growth, calls us to be transformed by the power of love and God's vision of justice. And this mission cannot be accomplished by walking alone. St. Matthew's, Grace Church Van Vorst, Temple Beth-El, and the Christian Church of Jersey City had a blast at our Christmas Day community meal, sharing food and fellowship with all who came.


We walk together each Sunday at 11am. Come walk with us.

O come, all ye faithful!

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Eve - the babe is born - 7:30 service

Is this whole thing about a little bitty baby? Well, yes! The birth of Jesus is the moment we celebrate as God truly with us, in human form, knowing human joys and sorrows, sharing human weaknesses and gifts. God's humanity is an affirmation of our humanity, and of the hope that is born with every human life.

The rituals - the candles, the carols, the tree, the gift-giving - are important when they, like Christ himself, awaken in us the best of our humanity.

This Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24 7:30pm, St. Matthew's sings the world's joy with special music, holy bread and wine, candelight, each other, and yes - the baby Jesus, born in Bethlehem and born anew in the lives he is transforming.

O come, let us adore him!

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

The image is a part of the icon of the nativity in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the spot which tradition recognizes as the site of Jesus' birth. His parents rejoice, people are bringing gifts, and You can see two candles of the church lit in the foreground.