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St. Matthews Lutheran Church


Services and Sermons

Come and worship with us every Sunday at 9:30 am

Jesus says, "Come to me all you who labour and are carrying heavy burdens..."

We practice Eucharistic hospitality, which means all are invited to the Lord's table, whether we are cradle Lutherans, non-Lutherans, agnostic, baptized or not baptized, long time Kitchener residents, travellers on a journey, fervent believers or just plain confused, all are welcome to the Lord's table at St. Matthews.

Holy Communion is normally celebrated on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the months, as well as all Festival Sundays.

Sunday school runs from September to June and is offered for age 3 to grade 12. The Grade 7 & 8 class is offered through the Confirmation program. Age 3-Grade 6 classes are taught through the classroom based Spark Curriculum. Grades 9-12 are taught in one class and use the Re:form curriculum.  This year’s highlight was our Christmas pageant, “Live from Bethlehem,” which included approximately 50 children and youth.



  • 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...

  • Dec11Sun

    Advent 3

    December 11, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi

    Matthew 11:2-11

    2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are...

  • Dec4Sun

    Advent 2

    December 4, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi


    Matthew 3:1–12

    In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths...

  • Nov20Sun

    Christ the King

    November 20, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi

    Gospel: Luke 23:33-43

    33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.  34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.  35 And the people stood...

  • Nov6Sun

    All Saints Sunday

    November 6, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Olavi

    Luke 20:27-38

    Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
    "Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
    21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now,
    for you will be filled.
    "Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
    22 Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of...

  • Sep25Sun

    Christ in the Taxicab Driver

    September 25, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. David

    (Luke 16: 19-31 Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15)


    Jesus tells another colourful parable, which shines a spotlight on the problem of hostility and divisiveness in human nature and human society:

    … that we live in a divided, violent, and...

  • Sep18Sun

    Loving Well

    September 18, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Pr. David

    At the CLAY gathering this past August (Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth gathering), we did a certain exercise in the large group gathering that unnerved me. It `hit me right here.’