Worship & Christian Education
St. Matthew's is an Episcopal parish, which means we worship in the Anglican tradition. We Anglicans are both Catholic and Reformed. We try to capture the best of both traditions. We celebrate the seven sacraments of the catholic faith, and we sing beloved hymns and spirituals in our worship. Our worship is heavily based on the Bible, and we celebrate the ancient feasts and honor the saints of the Church calendar. At St. Matthew's you'll find steady, consistent worship that will sustain you through the changes and chances of this life. You'll also find vibrant, lively community that will celebrate your greatest joys and mourn your greatest sorrows. So whether you're a lifelong Christian or brand new to faith and spirituality, come visit us. You won't just gain friends, but become our family!
Sundays at St. Matthew's are the time when the majority of us gather together for worship. It is a time for prayer, reflection, spiritual nourishments, fellowship, and dialogue.
Our Sunday Schedule starts with Morning Prayer at 7:30 AM. It is a brief, quiet service of psalms, Bible readings, and corporate prayers that can be said publicly or privately. This prayer tradition is called "The Daily Office." We say it together on Sundays in order to teach everyone how to pray in this style. We encourage all members to adopt some form of Daily Office as part of their daily devotional practice. You can find today's Morning and Evening service here.
At 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, we hold services of Holy Eucharist (a.k.a. Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper, etc.). These are times for the baptized to come together to hear God's Word, pray for the world, receive forgiveness of our sins, and receive God's grace through the physical signs of bread and wine. If you would like to prepare for Sundays by reading the appointed Bible lessons ahead of time, you may do so by clicking on the date here. Our 10:00 AM service features our choir and some additional music.
At 9:00 AM, we gather in the parish hall for breakfast and hold a Christian Education hour for all all ages. Children meet with our stellar team of Sunday School teachers (many of whom are retired or active school teachers). Adults meet with the Priest for a forum on topics including prayer, the sacraments, Bible study, Christian social activism, and more.
To summarize, our Sundays look like this:
7:30 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM - Sunday School (Christian Education)
10:00 AM - Choral Holy Eucharist
Wednesday Healing Services
Beginning in Fall 2016, St. Matthew's is offering a new worship opportunity on Wednesday nights. We are holding two short services in the choir section of the Sanctuary: Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist.
We begin our gathering at 5:30 PM with a short service of Evening Prayer. Like Morning Prayer, this is a regular service of the Church for public or private use. It is a hallmark of the Anglican spiritual tradition, and we say it together both to worship God and to teach one another how to prayer. You can find today's Morning and Evening service here.
At 6:00 PM, we begin a special Service Holy Eucharist with Public Healing. We take time to pray for all the sick and dying people we know, and to receive God's grace through anointing with holy oil. During the service, the Priest calls up each worshipper to the front and asks them to share any special prayer requests. The Priest then prays for each person individually while laying on hands and anointing with oil. It is a revolutionary spiritual practice for first timers and regulars alike!
During these services we will also celebrate various feasts and saints from the Church calendar. This helps us to connect with Christians all around the world by focusing on a common theme in our worship and learning about the history of our faith.
Please join us on Wednesdays, especially if you cannot make it to church on Sunday mornings:
5:30 PM - Evening Prayer
6:00 PM - Holy Eucharist with Public Healing
Sacraments & Other Worship
Here is an overview of the sacraments and other occasional worship services we hold at St. Matthew's. If you're interested in receiving any of these, please contact our priest, Fr. Arboleda.
Baptism is available for people of all ages, from infants to adults.
Holy Eucharist / Communion is available three times per week and is open to all baptized Christians of any denomination. Confirmation and membership are not prerequisites for Communion. The unbaptized are encouraged to attend Holy Communion and receive God's blessing from the priest during the time in the service when the people approach the altar rail. Private communion is available for the sick, homebound, or dying.
Confirmation is available for children, teenagers, and adults who profess a mature Christian faith.
Marriage is available for Christian couples of any gender.
Anointing with Holy Oil is offered publicly every Wednesday. It is also available by appointment for the sick, homebound, and dying.
Private Confession is available for Christians at any time; it is not required before receiving Communion.
Burials are available for people of all faith backgrounds.