Come to our 4th of July eucharist service at 10:00 am. This celebration begins with a festive prelude played on the Church bells followed by a service incorporating patriotic songs from the 1982 Hymnal.
Episcopal Church history is inexorably linked to the American Revolution and our political and religious split from England. Lessons and prayers for observing this day were a part of the Proposed Prayer Book of 1786 but were deleted from the approved 1789 BCP with the recognition that most clergy had sided with the Crown during the revolution. Our current Prayer Book has restored Independence Day as a Major Feast of the Church Year. Childcare available.
This Sunday June 9th is Pentecost! Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church and is a feast where baptisms occur. It is also a Celebrate Sunday on St. Matthew’s calendar. The liturgical color for the feast is red so wear red this Sunday!
According to the Episcopalian Dictionary of the Church, the Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit. The speaking in tongues, which was a major effect of having received the Spirit, is interpreted by some to symbolize the church’s worldwide preaching.
Artists Alexander Diaz and Charlotte Keefe have created a dance performance that not only shares the stories of homeless residents of San Francisco but also includes members of this body of ostracized and neglected citizens in the piece.
Alexander Diaz and Charlotte Keefe met while studying at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and have performed with a number of cutting-edge contemporary dance companies.
“Alexander Diaz has a towering presence but was almost unbearably fragile in his duet with Charlotte Keefe … they share a potent, soul-stirring energy … raw and vulnerable.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Charlotte works at Episcopal Community Services where she met the homeless residents in the performance. She is a parishioner at St. Ambrose in Foster City and was part of Fr. Jay’s children’s and youth ministry there.
The dance performance is being held at Grace Cathedral. Click here to buy tickets.
Roger has been attending St. Matthew’s ever since his mother first brought him and his three brothers to church back in 1964! The family had moved to the area from Evanston, Illinois. Though such a move can be challenging, Roger says that, “St. Matthew’s became a touchstone for stability, family togetherness, and contentment.” Roger has been a faithful servant of our church ever since.
Roger began his volunteerism at St. Matthew’s as a youth coordinator for high school students. He enjoyed planning winter ski trips, service activities, and movie outings. Roger sang bass in the church choir for over two years. In his current roles as veteran greeter and usher, he is a natural at making people feel welcome at St. Matthew’s. He warmly greets everyone as they enter the church for services and hands out programs. Roger’s genuine way of making people feel comfortable comes from his heart: “I continue to serve my friends as Sunday usher.” He greets communicants, offering an arm as he assists them down the stairs or gives a high five to the young ones as they proceed back to their pews. Roger is an excellent listener and has a knack for sensing when a parishioner needs assistance, which he offers gently and with dignity to the person in need. Roger says that he “feels right at home and in just the right spot on Sunday mornings.”
Thank you, Roger, for your heartfelt and sincere commitment of time and talent to St. Matthew’s.