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St. Matthew’s Sunday Morning Worship - 11:15am Traditional Service on 9.22.13:  Join us as Pastor Jay leads worship with the message, It Must Be the Will of God - Really?? Our third graders are honored in worship as they receive their Bibles from St. Matthew’s. We continue our sermon series, Suffering: A Challenge to Our Faith. Scriptures: Psalm 62:5-12; Luke 8:4-15. 

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,
This coming Sunday we end our sermon series “Great Prayers of the Old Testament” with a story that is often a favorite of our children, Jonah and the whale.  A few months ago our children’s musical beautifully told this story through song and drama.
On Sunday, we will look more closely at the prayer of Jonah found in Jonah 2:1-9.  Read this prayer and remember a time when these words applied to you.  When did you last feel like the waters were closing in around you, finding yourself in the deepest darkest place with no way out?  Perhaps some of you are in that place right now.  Certainly we all have or will experience such a time in our life. How can we be present with others when they find themselves in such a place? How can prayer can be for us a connection to the Light of the World when all around us we are experiencing darkness?
As you read through and pray the prayer of Jonah, let God’s Spirit bring to mind those persons in our community and world who may feel this sense of despair and isolation.   Let God’s Spirit bring to mind those whose actions may have led them into dark places where they see no way forward.  As you pray this prayer ask God’s Spirit to speak to you of your life and your way forward.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.  Bring a neighbor and enjoy being a part of St. Matthew’s community.  
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday we end our sermon series “Great Prayers of the Old Testament” with a story that is often a favorite of our children, Jonah and the whale.  A few months ago our children’s musical beautifully told this story through song and drama.

On Sunday, we will look more closely at the prayer of Jonah found in Jonah 2:1-9.  Read this prayer and remember a time when these words applied to you.  When did you last feel like the waters were closing in around you, finding yourself in the deepest darkest place with no way out?  Perhaps some of you are in that place right now.  Certainly we all have or will experience such a time in our life. How can we be present with others when they find themselves in such a place? How can prayer can be for us a connection to the Light of the World when all around us we are experiencing darkness?

As you read through and pray the prayer of Jonah, let God’s Spirit bring to mind those persons in our community and world who may feel this sense of despair and isolation.   Let God’s Spirit bring to mind those whose actions may have led them into dark places where they see no way forward.  As you pray this prayer ask God’s Spirit to speak to you of your life and your way forward.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.  Bring a neighbor and enjoy being a part of St. Matthew’s community.  

Peace,

Denise and Brian

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - July 21, 2013: Join us as Pastor Denise Honeycutt leads us in worship with the message, What Do You Want?  1 Kings 3:5-15; Romans 8:26-39.

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - July 14, 2013: Join us as Pastoral Intern and 9:45 Worship Leader, Nelson Cowan, leads us in worship with the message, Prayer as Manipulation. 2 Samuel 7:18-22; 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Pastors’ Message via stmatthewspastors:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past few months, we at St. Matthew’s have been paying extra attention to prayer. We have explored a variety of methods of prayer. We have reminded each other that, if we want to grow in faith, we should spend time in prayer each day, speaking to God and listening for God’s voice.   In short, we have been seeking to better understand prayer so that we might better practice it. 
This summer, our sermon series is “Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”  Over the past two weeks, we have listened as Abraham and Hannah have encountered God. This week, we will hear a prayer of David. As we hear these prayers from our spiritual ancestors, I invite you to try to see yourself in their prayers. What can you learn from these prayers? How do they pray like you? How might your life of prayer be enriched by listening in on this ancient prayer journal?
In addition, next week is a big week in the life of our church. Each morning next week we will be hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children preschool through fourth grade and KAMP (Kids And Mission Projects) for fifth and sixth graders. Through these programs, we pray that our children will grow in faith, encounter God more deeply, and see how much God (and the church) loves them. These programs need a lot of adult and teen helpers to function well, and we are particularly in need of more helpers for the first week of KAMP. If you are able to help, please contact Sheila Martin at SMartin@stmatthewsumc.org. By helping, you are a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children. 
So come to church this Sunday to encounter God through prayer and worship, and come all next week to encounter God through service to children. We hope to see you here!
Blessings,
Brian and Denise

Pastors’ Message via stmatthewspastors:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few months, we at St. Matthew’s have been paying extra attention to prayer. We have explored a variety of methods of prayer. We have reminded each other that, if we want to grow in faith, we should spend time in prayer each day, speaking to God and listening for God’s voice.   In short, we have been seeking to better understand prayer so that we might better practice it. 

This summer, our sermon series is “Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”  Over the past two weeks, we have listened as Abraham and Hannah have encountered God. This week, we will hear a prayer of David. As we hear these prayers from our spiritual ancestors, I invite you to try to see yourself in their prayers. What can you learn from these prayers? How do they pray like you? How might your life of prayer be enriched by listening in on this ancient prayer journal?

In addition, next week is a big week in the life of our church. Each morning next week we will be hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children preschool through fourth grade and KAMP (Kids And Mission Projects) for fifth and sixth graders. Through these programs, we pray that our children will grow in faith, encounter God more deeply, and see how much God (and the church) loves them. These programs need a lot of adult and teen helpers to function well, and we are particularly in need of more helpers for the first week of KAMP. If you are able to help, please contact Sheila Martin at SMartin@stmatthewsumc.org. By helping, you are a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children. 

So come to church this Sunday to encounter God through prayer and worship, and come all next week to encounter God through service to children. We hope to see you here!

Blessings,

Brian and Denise

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,
Last week in worship I announced that I would be leaving St. Matthew’s as the Senior Pastor on August 18th and appointed to head UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  As the word of this new appointment has gone out to our church family and beyond I have begun receiving many kind wishes from around our connectional system. Some of these people know me, but others just know of the important work of UMCOR (disaster recovery & relief; work with refugees, micro loan ministry to women in developing countries, sustainable agricultural ministries and so much more).  It is humbling and exciting to hear the words of encouragement and know that this work is really the work of the local church – churches like St. Matthew’s.  There is a deep joy for me as I move into this new ministry but it also comes with great sadness in leaving you.  
I wonder how it must have been for Hannah as she left her only child there at the temple. This child that she never thought she could have, and now she leaves him in service to God?  (1 Samuel 1:21-28)  I wonder if she too had a mixture of emotions, of deep joy and gratitude and yet the sorrow of separation.  Read ahead 1 Samuel 2:1-10 as Pastor Brian continue with our series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  Hope to see you all.   
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,

Last week in worship I announced that I would be leaving St. Matthew’s as the Senior Pastor on August 18th and appointed to head UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  As the word of this new appointment has gone out to our church family and beyond I have begun receiving many kind wishes from around our connectional system. Some of these people know me, but others just know of the important work of UMCOR (disaster recovery & relief; work with refugees, micro loan ministry to women in developing countries, sustainable agricultural ministries and so much more).  It is humbling and exciting to hear the words of encouragement and know that this work is really the work of the local church – churches like St. Matthew’s.  There is a deep joy for me as I move into this new ministry but it also comes with great sadness in leaving you.  

I wonder how it must have been for Hannah as she left her only child there at the temple. This child that she never thought she could have, and now she leaves him in service to God?  (1 Samuel 1:21-28)  I wonder if she too had a mixture of emotions, of deep joy and gratitude and yet the sorrow of separation.  Read ahead 1 Samuel 2:1-10 as Pastor Brian continue with our series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  Hope to see you all.   

Peace,

Denise and Brian

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio- June 30, 2013:  Senior Pastor Denise Honeycutt shares the message, God Is Still Speaking, as we begin the sermon series, Great Prayers of the Old Testament. Denise also shares the news that she will be leaving St. Matthew’s as Senior Pastor to serve a calling to help lead UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Genesis 12:1-4, Hebrews 1:1-2. 

stmatthewspastors:

June 28, 2013
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Can prayer be more than just us talking to God? This Sunday, we begin our summer series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  When you read Genesis 12:1-4 you may initially wonder where the prayer is in the text?  This is the wonderful story of God calling Abraham and Sarah, but there’s not much talking on either Abraham or Sarah’s part.  Prayer can be that holy act of listening, of turning our attention toward God and just being quiet. It is in such listening that we can hear and respond to the inner calling of God through the Holy Spirit and the outward calling of God through the church.  Join us as we worship our God who is forever faithful.  If you are unable to be present, join us by live streaming the service at  http://www.stmatthewsumc.org/worshipMinistries.php.  
Hope to see you all.   
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

June 28, 2013

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Can prayer be more than just us talking to God? This Sunday, we begin our summer series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  When you read Genesis 12:1-4 you may initially wonder where the prayer is in the text?  This is the wonderful story of God calling Abraham and Sarah, but there’s not much talking on either Abraham or Sarah’s part.  Prayer can be that holy act of listening, of turning our attention toward God and just being quiet. It is in such listening that we can hear and respond to the inner calling of God through the Holy Spirit and the outward calling of God through the church.  Join us as we worship our God who is forever faithful.  If you are unable to be present, join us by live streaming the service at  http://www.stmatthewsumc.org/worshipMinistries.php.  

Hope to see you all.   

Peace,

Denise and Brian

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 6.16.13:  Join us as we continue our sermon series, Spirit Fed, Spirit Led, with the message, Paying Attention. Worship is led by Pastor Brian Johnson this week. 1 Kings 21: 1-21, Luke 7:36-8:3.

St. Matthew's UMC Pastors' Blog: Pastors' Message - June 14, 2013

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Dear Friends,

It is easy for life to drift out of control and for time to slip away. Between work, family obligations, housework, and our various other commitments, sometimes it feels as if there’s never any time to sit still, just be ourselves, and enjoy a little quiet. And sometimes we…

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 6.9.2013:  Pastor Denise Honeycutt leads us in worship as we celebrate a baptism and our summer mission participants!  We continue the current sermon series, Spirit Fed, Spirit Led, with the message, Set Apart By God. Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24. 

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 6.2.2013:  As we celebrate our graduates of all ages, we continue with the sermon series Spirit Fed, Spirit Led. Guest speaker and lay leader, Jim Andrukonis, delivers the message: Preparing the Face for the Lord. Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 and James 1:19-25.

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 5.26.2013:  Join Pastor Denise Honeycutt as she continues our Spirit Led, Spirit Fed sermon series with the message, An Act of God?  Psalm 46:1-5, 10-11 and Romans 5:1-5. 

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 5.19.2013:  We celebrate Pentecost Sunday as Pastor Denise Honeycutt kicks off our new sermon series, Spirit Fed, Spirit Led, with the message, If You Don’t Eat, You’ll Be Weak. Romans 8:14-17, Acts 2: 1-21.