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Announcing our Interim Rector, The Rev. Canon Dr. Peter B Stube

Interim Rector Role: As Interim Priest or Rector, Peter will serve as Rector of Saint Matthew’s Church.  He will provide leadership, pastoral care, teaching, and preaching.  In his Interim Role, Peter will support the congregation in our spiritual growth as we begin to discover and articulate our identity in Jesus Christ.  Peter will support us…

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My Dear Brother’s and Sisters in Christ:

My life and yours (in terms of your life as a member of St. Matthew’s) are about to change.  We will acknowledge this transition on Sunday, June 9.  I chose June 9 as the final Sunday with you because it is the logical end of the program year, and because it is the day of…

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Readings and Reflections for The Day of Pentecost

Dear Friends, This will be the last of the Sunday notes I’ll be sending out as part of the ministry I’ve had as Rector of St. Matthew’s. It has been a joy to be able to reflect on the Sunday lessons with you, and I pray that you will continue in the practice of looking at the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:16-34 Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21 John 17:20-26 Dear Friends, In the Lesson from Acts 16 we hear of Paul and Silas being thrown in prison.  Even when in chains, they live their faith by praying and singing hymns as a witness to the other prisoners.  When an earthquake breaks open the jail, they do not flee but finish…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Acts 11:1-18 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 Dear Friends, In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks with his disciples on the evening before his death and resurrection, telling them of his coming glory.  By means of his death on a cross, Jesus is going to God and the events that follow (his resurrection and the Easter faith of his…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

· Luke 19:28-40  (Palm Liturgy) ·  Isaiah 50:4-9a   (Passion Liturgy) ·  Philippians 2:5-11 ·  Luke 22:14-23:56 ·  or Luke 23:1-49 Dear Friends, The title of this Sunday reveals the conflicting themes that we attempt to address on one morning:  The festive entry of Jesus into Jerusalem set alongside the suffering and rejection of Good Friday.  Perhaps the Prayer Book editors wanted to…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

  ·  Exodus 34:29-35 ·  2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 ·  Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] Dear Friends, In Exodus, Moses returns from the encounter with God on the holy mountain, carrying the ten commandments.  The people are afraid of Moses because his face shines with the glory of God. He learns to place a veil over his face when he speaks with the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Genesis 45:3-11, 15 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50 Luke 6:27-38 Dear Friends,   The reading from Genesis contains the dramatic moment when Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own brothers, is reunited with them perhaps decades later in the land of Egypt.  He has risen to power and they are at Joseph’s mercy, but his attitude is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jeremiah 17:5-10 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26 Psalm 1 Dear Friends,   Jeremiah echoes the Old Testament Wisdom tradition of “Blessing and Curse.”  Those who trust in themselves alone have removed themselves from the sustaining grace of God, who blesses those who trust in the Lord. The prophet also notes the difficultly we human beings have…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13] 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 The call of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 6 takes place in response to a vision in which Isaiah sees the throne of God.  The contrast between the holiness and glory of the divine presence and his own not so holy and glorious existence overwhelms him.  He feels lost,…

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