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NOTICE: We have reinstated Worship services at St. Matthew. There are a few recommendations you will need to follow before attending services at St. Matthew.
We will continue the FACEBOOK LIVE worship services. A new service will be posted to the St. Matthew Facebook page LIVE each Sunday at 10:30am or you can attend in person.
Services are held in the main Church
Sunday School/Bible Study at 9:15 in the fellowship hall.
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am.
During Lent and Advent seasons there is Wednesday night services at 7p.
Canada Day, July 1, 2021
U.S. Independence Day, July 4, 2021
As it does this year, July 4 fell on Sunday in 1937. While Pastor Eldred Johnston led worship that morning in Paulding, Ohio, local kids set off firecrackers nearby (restrictions were rare back then). Realizing he needed to act, the pastor slipped outside during a hymn and found the revelers.
But instead of scolding or shouting, Johnston stayed calm. “I used to enjoy shooting fireworks too,” he said, adding that he knew it was a fun way to celebrate. “But many in this town are gathered in worship, and the noise is very distracting. All I’m asking is that you wait until church services are over — about noon — and then shoot firecrackers all you want.” The pastor smiled at each youth and returned to church.
Recounting that experience in Liberty magazine, Johnston said he half-expected to hear defiant explosions. Instead, the kids waited respectfully until worship was over. When conflicts loom, may we heed that example — and this advice from Proverbs: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (15:1, NIV).
The flavor of the gospel
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” (Matthew 5:13, NLT). These words from Jesus might seem strange to us — can salt lose its flavor? But in New Testament times, most of the salt used as seasoning, preservative, medicinal aid and more came from the Dead Sea, where impurities often compromised its usefulness, especially its flavor.
Jesus urges his disciples — including us — to not let the flavor of the gospel be suppressed in our lives. What might do this? Teachings that treat patriotism, prosperity or any other value as equal to Jesus; the tendency to elevate one nation, church denomination, theological understanding or religious tradition above all others; such intense focus on the laws of ancient Israel that we neglect the superseding grace of God. But neither should we force the gospel on people, like overpowering their food by dumping in too much salt at once.
As followers of Jesus, we’re the salt of the earth. Let us use his good news to gently season others’ lives with service and love.