UPDATE – July 9 – Thank you to everyone who supported the youth ministry with your dirty cars. This fundraiser contributed $2,800 to the mission trip!
Our Youth Mission Team will be washing cars in the church parking lot this Sunday, June 30th at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services! This year the Youth Mission Team will be working in coastal communities near Crescent City on the Oregon border. They will be serving local residents and organizations repairing homes, stewarding the environments, creating connections, and living faith in action. Come support them with your dirty cars and donations!
Starting in July we will move to one service on Sundays at 9:00 am. We will use Rite I (traditional language) during July and Rite II (contemporary language) during August. As always, nursery care is available for little ones, and a summer program for kids — Summer Wonder — will begin at 8:45 am through the first half of church for children in grades K-6. We’ll resume our two-service schedule in September.
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.
Visitors are always welcome!
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.