St. Matthew’s Weekly Pastors’ Message - November 22nd, 2013
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Come, ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home.” These familiar words from our traditional Thanksgiving hymn, welcome us to worship this Sunday. What a joy it will be to celebrate the goodness and bounty of God’s love for each one of us. For many, this will be a week of gathering with friends and family, to take a break from our routines of work, that we might be thankful. Starting your thankfulness week with worship is a great idea, and the wonderful music and nurturing experiences of being in the St. Matthew’s church community on Sunday will be a great blessing all the week long.
Last Sunday, we announced a special UMCOR offering to aid the victims of the historic typhoon in the Philippines. The response that first Sunday was generous. We heard via email this week from [St. Matthew’s former senior pastor] Denise Honeycutt, now General Secretary for UMCOR. She writes,
I appreciate St. Matthew’s giving toward the Philippines. It is going to be a long term recovery and I am so thankful that our church, through UMCOR will be there. This morning when I talked with our folks on the ground in Tacloban they said the hillsides were all brown, - the water washed away all the vegetation and tree. No green – just brown. What a sad sight. Today is our second day of local food and water tablet delivery. UMCOR is being escorted by Philippine soldiers but all has gone well so far.
We will conclude that offering this coming Sunday. See you on Sunday as we lift our voices in THANKFUL praise.
Jay M. Hanke, Senior Pastor
Brian Johnson, Associate Pastor
Bill Moberly, Associate Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries and Visitation
Connect with God in Worship on Sunday, November 24, 2013
8:15 & 11:15 AM - Traditional Worship: “Pronouncements of the King” by Pastor Jay M. Hanke. 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 (NT); Mark 4:21-32 (Gospel). The Sanctuary Choir & Peace Ringers (8:15); The Chapel Choir & Carol Ringers (11:15)
9:45 AM - Modern Worship: “Pronouncements of the King” by Pastor Jay M. Hanke. 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 (NT); Mark 4:21-32 (Gospel). The 9:45 Worship Team led by Nelson Cowan.
St. Matthew’s is a welcoming community, nurturing and serving God’s children so that all may find meaning and purpose through Jesus Christ.