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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is a litugical church and follows the bible readings and Gospel outlined in the Revised Common Lectionary.  A good way to prepare for worship is to click the icon in the side bar of our webpages that says "Preparing for Sunday" to see the readings for the coming Sunday as well as some prepatory comments.



What You Can Expect and Helpful Hints

(this information is also available in the pew on a lamenated card)

 

We Encourage you to prepare for worship.

Our practice is to arrive a few minutes before the start of the service to prepare our hearts, minds, bodies and souls to worship God. We invite you to kneel, if you are able, and pray. To get started you may want to look at the prayer "Before Worship" on page 833 or the prayer "on Sunday" on page 835 in the Book of Common Prayer (the book in the pew with the cross on the cover).

 

Our bulletin is our Order of Worship

(you may also hear it called an Order of Service).

We use a liturgy, (a word that means "the work of the people"), in which we worship by participating in the service, as well as listening and learning. Our style of worship goes back to the early years of the Christian church. You will find the liturgy for worship in the bulletin. The hymns will be found in either the blue hymnal or the bulletin.


We participate in our worship with our posture.

Sometimes affectionately called “pew aerobics” – we stand, sit and kneel during worship. You will find direction for most of this in your bulletin, but you are not required to do any of it. We are grateful that you chose to join us in worship, and we want you to feel comfortable.

 

Children are always included in our worship.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (Mark 10:14). We welcome children in our worship, and provide care for them while they are at St. Matthew’s.

 

Activity bags are available in the Narthex (foyer) for your younger children to use during the service. Please feel free to pick one up on your way in and return it on your way out.

 

A nursery is available in the Christian Education Building (located directly behind the church) from 7:45 until 12:15 each Sunday morning for infants and children through the age of six.

 

During the 10:30 service, we have Children's Church year-round for children ages 3 years through kindergarten, and Sunday School (September - May) for children in 1st - 5th grades. The children leave for these early in the service and return during the passing of the Peace.

 

All Baptized Christians may receive Holy Communion.

In the Episcopal Church, anyone who has been baptized in water “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” may receive Holy Communion. You do not have to be a member of the Episcopal Chuch. We come forward to either stand or kneel at the Altar rail.

 

To receive the bread, please hold out your hands palm up, and the priest will place a piece of bread in your hand. To receive the wine, you may guide the cup to your lips to take a sip, or dip the bread into the wine. If you do not wish to receive either the bread or the wine, we still invite you to join us at the rail during communion. If you prefer not to receive the bread or wine, cross your arms across your chest; the priest will offer God’s blessing upon you. 


There are opportunities for prayer.        

Every other Sunday we have Prayer Ministers who are available to pray for you, or with you for a loved one or friend; they will be in the pew to the left of the altar following each service. The priest and deacon are also available to pray for you; please approach one of them after either service, or call the church office during the week (210-658-5956).

 

We would like to get to know you, and invite you to get to know us.

After each service, many people gather next door in Creasy Hall to share a cup of coffee and a chance to get better acquainted - please come join us there!

 

Some Questions You May Have

 

I would like to take Communion but have not been baptized.

If you have not been baptized, but wish to receive Holy Communion, please speak to our priest after the service. Baptismal instruction is not long or difficult. Our priest will be happy to meet with you to explain the nature and purpose of baptism.

 

I’d like to know more about St. Matthew’s.

We invite you to fill out a guest card located in the cardholders on the back of each pew. Please drop the completed guest card into the offering plate, or hand it to the priest after the service. During the following week you will receive a letter from our priest, who will be happy to set up a time to meet with you if you wish. You may also find out more about us, including our monthly Matt's Missive newsletter, on our website: www.stmatts-uc.org.

 

We’d love to answer any other questions you may have.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask a member of St. Matthew’s    congregation or call the church office!

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