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  • 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...

  • Nov26Sun

    God in the Midst of Us

    Pastor Carey's First Sermon - Reign of Christ Sunday November 26, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    The opening of this passage in Matthew’s Gospel jar us with words about God’s judgement. The sheep and the goats will be separated, the blessed and the cursed will be at God’s right or left hands. The picture painted is - that our life together on earth matters. Caring or neglecting the needs among us impacts our relationships...

  • Nov19Sun

    Pastor Sebastian’s First Sermon at St. Matthews

    November 19, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

    I’d like to once again introduce myself as Pastor Sebastian Meadows-Hemer, esp. for our radio listeners. Hello out there, wherever you are! It’s a great honour to be invited into this pulpit in this most beautiful church of St. Matthews,...

  • Jan22Sun

    New Year's Day, First Sunday after Christmas

    January 22, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi


    Matthew 2:13–23

    13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went...

  • Dec25Sun

    Christmas Day

    December 25, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi

    Gospel: John 1:1-14


    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being  4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  5 ...

  • Dec24Sat

    Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi

    Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  3 All went to their own towns to be registered.  4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to...