St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
  
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 This past Sunday we began a 4-week sermon series on the Prodigal Son, found in Luke chapter 15. Jesus is responding to claim made by some religious leaders in the crowd that He dares to welcome sinners, and He eats with them! He respond by telling three parables – illustrations that Jesus uses to paint a picture, challenge our understanding of who God is, that then lead us to a teaching moment.

 He tells us about a shepherd who loses one sheep out of 100, and when he searches for it and finds it, he rejoices with his friends and neighbors. He tells us about a woman, most likely a widow, who loses one of ten coins, and when she finds it, she rejoices with her friends and neighbors. In both parables, Jesus makes the point that there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, for what is lost has great value. If one sheep, or one coin, have great value, then what value must a child have? Through these first two parables, Jesus is setting the stage for the main act – the story of the prodigal son.

 This coming Sunday, we’ll dive into the first part of this story, where the younger of two sons demands his inheritance, and runs off and squanders it in extravagant (prodigal) living, and then finds himself working as a hired hand feeding the pigs. In a moment of awakening, he decides to return home, but is only seeking to be restored as a hired hand, for he doesn’t believe he is worthy of being restored as a son.

I invite you to join us on Sunday morning as we begin to dive into the deep waters of this parable, and begin to see what Jesus is ultimately pointing us to.

 

 

It’s been a long year for most churches as we’ve worked our way through the Covid-19 pandemic and tried to honor the need to “do no harm” as John Wesley would put it. Now that we can more safely gather, we’ll be holding some social / fellowship events over the summer for us simply to laugh, have fun, and spend time together. It’s also an opportunity for those who attend our two Sunday morning worship services to get to know one another better, outside of Sunday mornings. So, I invite you to come as you are able, and maybe bring a friend, as we spend the summer simply being together and re-charging our batteries as a community of faith. There’s much work to be done. Exciting things are happening. But for now, I invite us to hit “pause” and tend to our souls.

 

(( Updated Covid Guidelines )) 

On Thursday, May 20th, the Governance Board voted to lift all Covid-related restrictions, effective May 30th. This means that masks and social distancing are no longer required while on campus, but we honor and respect those who, for any reason, still need to wear a mask or remain distanced. There’s plenty of room, especially in our sanctuary, to spread out as needed and continue to keep one another safe.

 Join us each Sunday in person or online at either 9am (traditional) or 11:15am (contemporary).  We will also have BOTH services streaming live. 

 

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 6017 Camphor Street | Metairie LA  70003 | 504-888-1155 | Fax: 504-888-1169

Office Hours M-Th 9:00am-1:00pm         Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm