"What do Lutherans mean by worship?... Lutherans understand worship is something more than what occurs on Sunday. It is a matter of God's gracious gift of faith, and the resulting activities that flow from that gift. Such faith-based activity is most evident in Sunday services as we gather as God's guests to receive from Him and to express our thanks and praise to Him."
From Gathered Guests: A Guide to Worship in the Lutheran Church, page 19, written by Timothy H. Maschke, Copyright (c) 2003 Timothy Maschke, Published by Concordia Academic Press, a division of Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis.
Here at St. Matthew's, we make worshiping the Lord the center of our faith life. Everyday St. Matthew's is open for active worship - whether it is early in the morning for our Morning Prayer time or in the evenings for our Wednesday Worship service or on weekends for our unique Saturday Spoken Worship or music-filled Sunday Worship.
We make worshiping our God very important in our faith lives. It centers us in the understanding that our God loves each and everyone of us more than we can imagine. Each time we come together to worship, we give praise to God for His incredible blessings that we do not deserve.
In keeping our eyes on the prize --- Jesus Christ, our Savior --- our worship directs our heart to Him. In the songs we sing or the sermons that are preached, all of it is centered on the Gospel of Jesus!
When Do We Worship?
- Morning Prayer - Monday through Friday, beginning at 7:15am. If you've ever considered how you can jump start your day in the Lord, then Morning Prayer at St. Matthew's is it! Every Monday through Friday we come together to hear God's Word and respond to Him in prayer and praise. It is not a very long prayer service - it takes about 10 to 15 minutes - but your heart will be bursting with God's love by receiving a boost of "faith caffeine" start your day! (For a list of our readings and an outline of our service, click here)
- Wednesday Worship - begins at 7pm. Life can be very hectic on weekends. Whether it's visiting family, youth sports, or going off to work, Saturday and Sunday can be jammed with things to do. And many times worship takes a backseat to the rest of our lives. Here at St. Matthew's, we offer a chance for you come and worship and receive God's gifts in the middle of the week. Our Wednesday Worship takes place in our church library and is usually followed by Bible study. If you can't make it to church on weekends, think about worshiping the Lord on Wednesday evenings.
- Saturday Worship - begins at 5pm. Go to a Lutheran church on Saturday evening? What?! That can't be right!! On Saturday evenings, we come together to worship the Lord in our special "Spoken" Worship service. Focusing on the theme of the week, our Saturday Worship directs our hearts to the love of God ... without singing a thing. We also offer Sunday School on Saturday for kids beginning at 4:30pm.
- Sunday Worship - begins at 10am. When we think about Lutheran worship, our minds immediately go to Sunday mornings. Our traditional worship setting - we utilize the Lutheran Service Book hymnal - is filled with all the pomp you expect from worshiping the Lord on a Sunday.