St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Growing in Faith, Walking in Love
Jesus tempted in the wilderness
Our temptations are whatever distracts us from God.
Look at them more deeply. In them is hidden not our depravity,
but our desire for God-- twisted and forlorn, but still alive,
like children in wreckage.
Bless those temptations, and help them to unbend toward God again.
Jesus, help us listen.
March 4, 2014
Welcome to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
We are a gentle community of people who care about love, spiritual growth and social justice. We welcome everybody regardless of race, status, sexual identity or religious background. We hope to help people discover the Divine in their lives, and live in harmony with God's grace.
We follow our teacher Jesus, not because we are commanded to believe certain things, but because he embodies Truth. He is deeply in tune with God, with Creation, and with human life. He shows us God, and we want God in our lives. He shows us a new kind of consciousness that we want to practice. He shows us love that changes us, and changes the world.
We're theologically diverse and welcoming. We read the Bible, and let it "read" us; we don't hit people over the head with it. We want to live in harmony with the Loving Mystery that dwells within and among us and in all Creation. Whatever your story is, God is in it, and you are welcome among us as we discover God in new ways. As we journey together in faith, hope, and love, St. Matthew’s is a safe, nourishing place for spiritually curious people.
We are a Reconciling Congregation ("gay friendly"), extending welcome and belonging to all those who have been made to feel unwelcome, unworthy or unlike us. We are all in this together. Read the Pastor's statement on God and sexuality.
Some people have been made to feel inferior, sinful or just plain awful by the church's judgment of sexual identity and orientation. Feel like suicide? If so, watch this. Then call us. God really wants you to be alive and free.
Sunday, March 9
Worship at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Befriending our temptations
Genesis 2.15-17l 3.1-7