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Update – Poet-in-Residence Julia Baker Swann

We celebrate with our 2018 St. Matthew’s Poet-in-Residence Julia Baker Swann on the recent publication of her first poetry book, The Moon is Always Whole. Congratulations, Julia!! Julia is finishing her MA degree in Theopoetics and Writing at Bethany Theological Seminary this coming May. Her book is available on Amazon. Let’s continue to support and pray for Julia!

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GREETINGS FROM FATHER JOSEPH

Dear Siblings of St. Matthew’s, An Advent Birthing comes upon us! A church cannot exist in a vacuum. During this current pandemic, it has become exceedingly clear that faith communities (especially ‘mainline” denominations), already fragile before its appearing, are now wondering how they will recover. This fragility was evident even before the pandemic by an exodus of those who decided …

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WHAT IS A VERGER? ~ submitted by Krys Clark

WHAT IS A VERGER? ~ submitted by Krys Clark What is a verger? It is a question I get asked a lot. Honestly, it can be a hard one to answer. The history of the verger dates back to the middle ages. Generally, the chief manservant of the priest or bishop would be given charge of the church building, the cemetery and also …

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SEASONS OF THE CHURCH – ADVENT ~ submitted by Clifton Flemister

The first of the six seasons of the Christian (Church) Year is Advent. Advent means ‘coming’. Therefore, Advent Season prepares us for the Birth of Christ. This is the beginning of the story of Christ. Over the next twelve months, the story of Christ will unfold. Advent Sunday is the start of the Christian Year and is the Christian New …

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SEASONS OF THE CHURCH ~ submitted by Clifton Flemister

SEASONS OF THE CHURCH ~ submitted by Clifton Flemister The Church Year and its Feast Days The Christian (Church) Year is the story of Christ and Christian growth told over a twelve-month period. Celebration of the Church Year started with the apostles after Christ’s resurrection. The apostles had observed the Jewish Ritual Year. Over time, changes were made that created the Christian …

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Greetings from Father Joseph – November e blast

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well (Psalm 139:14) What is your narrative, the story that you tell yourself? Have you surrendered to the tyranny of the perfect? What scars do you have that you are ashamed of? Why are you ashamed of them? What is your disability and …

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MESSAGE FROM FR JOSEPH: How We Will Be The Church Moving Forward

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER JOSEPH HOW WE WILL BE THE CHURCH MOVING FORWARD, as of March 18, 2020   In light of the rapidly changing landscape of the coronavirus, it is imperative that we remain the Church in prayer, connection, and service in creative ways Know that the Episcopal House is our Command Central as we navigate these days.   …

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PRAY.THINK.LOVE. St Matthew’s Episcopal Church Rule of Life

PRAY Rejoice always. pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.             1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We are called to pray to God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – honestly and humbly presenting our lives.  Prayer is communication in its purest form; it is developing a relationship with God by talking, …

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