St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist Sunday At-Home Service for Sept 20

Today we celebrate the festival of St. Matthew, Apostle & EvangelistSeptember 20, 2020. For centuries, September 21 has be set aside as a day to honor Saint Matthew. It is by his example that we come to know that Christ embraced those that were despised and outcast from the church. Christ did not limit his association to those who were like-minded and lived a righteous lifestyle. He did not shy away from those that the church called unrepentant sinners and moral degenerates. As He said, He came not for the righteous, but for all sinners-everyone of us.

Matthew proved himself to be a very devoted follower of Christ. He was a witness to the Resurrection and to the Ascension. He was among the disciples sent out into the world with The Great Commission. Some traditions say that Matthew traveled throughout Judah preaching the Gospel, and later joined with Andrew and preached in Ethiopia.

Follow along with the the At-home printed version of the festival of St. Matthew Sunday service.

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Pastor Rike’s Sermon

The good news is that the Gospel calls all people to follow Jesus. There is room for more people in the fellowship of Jesus. It includes that acolyte as well as cranky people.  It includes those who are still learning what it means to show mercy because they are still in need of it. It includes those who demonstrate they are still growing into the call of Christ.  It includes those who are still in the process of learning what it means to be covered with Christ’s mercy which is the only righteousness acceptable in the sight of God. In other words, the fellowship of the church includes all those who are on the road together, struggling to follow Jesus. This fellowship is one of repentance and faith. It is one in which the unceasing call of the Gospel is trusted to lead usout of our past and into the risen life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It includes those who, like Matthew, were changed by the Call and fellowship of Jesus, and it includes you

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Video Options

Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor David Rike with music performed by Randy Broker

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Festival of St. Matthew Sunday Service for September 20 includes: Hymn: The Son of God, Our Christ performed by the Randy Broker, First Reading Ephesians 2:4-10, Holy Gospel Matthew 9:9-13, Sermon by Pastor David Rike, Hymn: For All Your Saints, O Lord performed by Randy Broker, Prayers and Lord’s Prayer, Blessing