Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. Matthew Lutheran Church online. We hope that our website highlights our worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
Services are held in the main Church:
Sunday School/Bible Study at 9:15 in the fellowship hall.
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am.
Wednesday evening worship 6:00 pm.
Wednesday night service is 7:00 PM during Lent and Advent seasons. A light meal will be served before each service during the holidays.
Any additional services will be announced on our notice board and on our website.
Tonight, April 1 is the last Sunday in Lent. Please join us on our Facebook page to watch Pastor Lew give the sermon Live!
Next week is Holy Week. Services will be held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 7p. Stay tuned for streaming information.
NOTICE: For the next few weeks we will be canceling worship services due to COVID19. A new service will be posted to the website each week (link will take you to YouTube) or you can go to the St. Matthew facebook page and watch the video from there.
Click on the Try Me button above and you should be redirected to a YouTube page with our weekly sermons.
Upcoming Important Dates
• Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020
• Holy Week, April 5-12, 2020
• Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5, 2020
• Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020
• Good Friday, April 10, 2020
• Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Lent, the church-year season that begins on Ash Wednesday, is a time of penitence and spiritual renewal. Some people give up a luxury or vice during Lent as a form of self-denial; others undertake a project that benefits others.
The point isn’t to denigrate ourselves or to see how much we can do without. Instead, Lent helps us reflect on Jesus’ death. As Timothy Keller writes in The Reason for God: “The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
Lent is a time for restoring balance to our lives. The Eskimos practice balance as they venture into freezing Arctic waters in little boats. If you’ve ever paddled a kayak, you know how easy they are to tip. Thankfully, kayaks are just as easy to turn back upright.
That isn’t a bad image for Lent — or for life as a whole. Whatever spiritual disciplines we adopt, if we succumb to temptation, it’s no biggie. One of the lessons of Lent is that, as long as we’re traveling light, it takes only a quick twist of the paddle to right us. That paddle twist might take the form of a quick but heartfelt prayer: “Jesus, set me straight again!” Or it might mean some extra time set aside for quiet meditation with God. Don’t get worried if your spiritual discipline fails now and then. Just let Jesus help you get upright once more, and keep paddling!