So now we are in that long season of Trinity. Let us all take the opportunity to learn about and understand the Three Persons united in our one, true God. They are each important to our salvation, contributing to it in different ways but in the unity of that one, true God. Thanks be to God! One of the beautiful things about the Book of Common Prayer, which is the only service book we use, is that it leads us through Trinitytide with beautiful and inspiring reverence. It truly connects us to the origins of our Christian Church.
It has come to our attention that there are a lot of Anglicans who are either dismayed or hurting over the decision at the recent Synod to ignore the Biblical teachings about marriage. Please note that we remain faithful to those Biblical teachings and we welcome you to come and worship with us.
St Matthew’s is a small, faithful traditional Anglican community which believes that the spiritual truths of Christianity as manifested in the early church are as relevant in today’s fast-paced world as they ever were in the past. We use the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, not only in our worship services but also in our private prayers and to teach us the basic tenets of our faith.
Whether you are searching for more meaning in your weekly Christian worship or are just starting to explore what Christianity is all about, we hope you will check us out. All of us at St Matthew’s want to share the comfort and strength we obtain from the knowledge of God’s love and compassion.
A message of welcome from the Rector
Thank you for visiting our website. I was born Anglican and I am honoured now to provide pastoral care to our dedicated congregation. I hope many more of you join us in the future. We worship at 715 Roosevelt Avenue, where Our Savior Lutheran Church graciously accomodates us. The facility is wonderful, especially for a congregation which worships in the time honoured way of the original Anglican Church and its forbears. However, we recognize that growth will eventually require us to move to our own church building, and we do pray that God will so bless us.
Visitors are happily surprised at the friendly nature of our small group. That is the way a Christian community, however large or small, should be and it is the way we intend to continue.
The beautiful language of our Book of Common Prayer, the standard service book of the Anglican Church since the 16th Century also touches the hearts of visitors. In the past few years I have been blessed to lead pilgrimages to Medjugorje in Bosnia. There the Franciscans gladly let us use any altar we wished to celebrate the Holy Communion service, and we found that the BCP service led to a greatly increased attendance within a few short days. Pilgrims to Medjugorje from all over the world respond to the BPC service, even if they cannot fully understand English.
The BCP is solidly based in the Bible, and in fact is often described as the Bible set to worship. Consequently, the cornerstone of our worship is the service of Holy Communion, The Lords Supper. This is the only service Our Beloved Lord laid down, for example in Mt. 26:26-28. It was adopted as a matter of obedience to Him by the early Church and has remained central to true Christian worship ever since. I use the words " true Christian worship" with great care, because so many branches of Christianity have abandoned or marginalized The Lord's Supper in favour of what they consider to be more modern worship forms, more in keeping with the desires of society. But Jesus says, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Jn. 6:53. What society wants seems rarely to be in keeping with what God wants.
We look forward to welcoming you into our happy family. May God Bless you and keep you.