St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Worshipping with Us

Welcome!

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church offers spiritual sanctuary to all. We recognize each individual as a unique child of God. As we move forward with the work of this church, we commit ourselves to making the radical welcome of Jesus Christ a reality in this congregation and the world.

Our congregation is a unique tapestry of people. We welcome diversity, and we gain strength, knowledge, faith and joy from one another.

Whether you are just visiting, curious about Christianity, looking for a church home, or searching for a community that will encourage you in the name of Christ, there is room at St. Matthew’s for you. Come share your faith journey with us.

Episcopal worship at our church has a lot of up and down movement (sitting, standing, kneeling), saying prayers together, and singing. If you have never been to an Episcopal service before, we invite you to enjoy this information about our worship. If you want to know what Episcopalians believe, you’ll enjoy this page.

If you want to know more about us, you can explore the items on the About St. Matthew’s menu. We invite you to subscribe to our website and newsletter and email us questions on our Contact page. Check us out on Facebook and engage with us there.

 

 

 

Worship Times

7:45 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I – A quiet, traditional service.

9:00 a.m. – A more informal Eucharist, including praise and worship music lead by the Arise music team, readings from the scripture, a time for prayer, a message from one of our pastors and the Holy Communion.

10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II – A classic worship service complimented by our choirs, organ and visiting guest musicians in a rich offering of musical traditions.

 

Sunday School and Forum

From September to June education for all ages is offered during the 9:00 a.m. worship hour. A time for visiting and refreshments is offered in the Parish Hall between worship beginning at 10 a.m. every Sunday from September through mid-June.

 

About our Worship

At first glance, Episcopal worship might seem strange to those who are unfamiliar with our liturgical tradition. We use real candles. Our ministers and acolytes wear robes. Sometimes we process with banners and crosses and music. We use prayers from a red or black book marked “Common Prayer,” and we often pray them together out loud. We worship indoors and outside the church walls.

We move a lot in our worship, sitting and standing and kneeling. We worship with our entire bodies, not just our minds, from taste and smell and sight and voice and hearing up to and including body posture. Using our bodies in worship to sit, stand, kneel, and even bow involves us more fully in what we’re thinking and doing. Watch what others are doing and feel free to go along as you are comfortable or not if you don’t want to. You’ll see not everyone around you does the same thing.
Our liturgy, or the order of service, comes from the red or black Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which is in a rack in every pew. If you take a close look at the Book of Common Prayer, you will see that many, if not most, of the prayers we use are worded directly from the Bible.
We read four lessons from the Bible each week in a set rotation. You can find the lessons for any given Sunday at The Lectionary Page. We usually have our Bible lessons printed out for you, but of course you can bring your Bible. Our ministers usually preach on one or more of the lessons. They’re not noted for preaching overlong. We publish our sermons online.

In our Sunday worship services, we celebrate Holy Communion, or Holy Eucharist. Eucharist is a Greek word meaning thanksgiving. Every person who joins with us in worship, and is prepared in their own conscience to receive Christ in this way, is welcome to share in the bread and wine of Holy Communion with us at the table in the front of the church. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome at this table. You are welcome to receive communion kneeling or standing at the rail at the front of the church. If moving is a difficulty for you, let an usher know and our ministers will bring communion to you in your pew. If you have a wheat allergy, we have gluten-free bread available at communion  – let an usher know you wish gluten-free bread.

Children of all ages are welcome in our worship, and we know they are not always still and quiet! We think that some children can participate better if they have something to do as they listen, and so we provide papers for drawing and coloring. Feel free to get one and bring it with you to your pew. And if your children get bored with our coloring pages, you can certainly prepare your own bag of tricks and bring it along.

We offer Nursery care for children from infancy to 3 years at both of our Sunday services. Our Sunday School program for children and youth is held during the 9:00 am service during the school year.

After each the 9:00 a.m. service, we catch up with each other over a cup of coffee or lemonade and a snack of bagels and cookies in the parish hall. We’d love to meet you!

If you have any questions while you’re at church, ask anyone in the pews, and they’ll connect you with the right person to answer your questions.

Join us for worship!

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