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  • Laying it Down

    Pastor Carey's Sermon for Good Shepherding Sunday April 22, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Good Shepherding Sunday comes faithfully each year. 

    The Lord our shepherd knows, protects and sets a place for us at the table, with a cup overing flowing, leading us to places that restore our soul, following us with goodness and mercy.   

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd. To know of a good shepherd there also must be awareness of a...

  • Apr3Tue

    Not a zombie!

    Pastor Sebastian's first Easter Sermon at St. Matthews April 3, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    By being silent, the women leave room for God.

    The story is then not as much about what the women did or saw,

    but it’s about what God did!

    The focus is on God! 

  • Sprouting from a Seed

    Pastor Carey's Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent March 18, 2018 Pr. Carey
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    Pr. Carey

    O God, whose Son's death begot life, give us grace to let go of our lives, 

    like a seed, and fall to the ground that your life might be rooted in us.   Amen.


    It’s that time of year when those with a green thumb (and those persistent in their hopes of acquiring a green thumb) start to think a little about seeds and upcoming...

  • Mar14Wed

    For God so what?

    John 3:14-21 March 14, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    But if God is love and loves the whole world,

    how can anyone perish?

    If God is all love for all,

    how can anybody be excluded?

  • Feb26Mon

    Why Ash Wednesday?

    February 26, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    The ashen cross points to resurrection and eternal life.

  • Jan23Tue

    Apologize and Repent!

    Baptism of our Lord January 7 2018 January 23, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Use four sentences.

    Sentence one begins: I’m sorry for… (fill in the blank)

    Sentence 2 begins. This is wrong because… (da-da-da)

    Sentence 3 begins: In the future I will… [gesture]

    Sentence 4 is simple: Will you forgive me?

  • Side by Side

    Second Sunday after Epiphany January 14, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    The grace and peace of our Lord be with you. Amen

    The olive trees in Jerusalem at the garden of Gethsemane were a sight to behold. I could have stood there for hours gazing at the trees with ancient trunks gnarled and knobby - dated to be nearly 1000 years old. From them new shoots were grafted. Olives hung the branches heavy. Abundant. Of great...

  • Dec31Sun

    Mary and Joseph Meet Anna and Simeon

    First Sunday of Christmas December 31, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Mary and Joseph

    Forty days had passed since that night in Bethlehem. The angles sang, the shepherds saw, a child was born. On hay Jesus cooed with an animal lullaby around. In the night sky a bright light shattered the darkness. That night, the stable transformed into a place fit to receive a king. A life came into being, against all odds. Born...

  • Dec25Mon

    God's Great Worth Ethic

    Pastor Carey's Christmas Morning Sermon December 25, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    On this Christmas day, the bells of St. Matthews ring, 
    From tower to town, of Jesus’ birth they joyfully sing. 
    Hallelujah, our king is born. 
    All praise to you, on this Christmas morn.

    From our bell tower the church announces good news to the community.  The organ can be heard by those walking on the nearby...

  • Dec24Sun

    Be Joseph

    Pastor Sebastian's first Christmas Eve sermon December 24, 2017 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian



    Our Gospel reading from Luke about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is perhaps the most famous and most popular Christian story. 

    We hear it year in, year out on Christmas Eve. 

    Sunday School Pageants retell the story of how God so loved the world,

    that God came to earth, and was born a human child, just like any of us,

    and we...