St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
  
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Over these past few weeks, we’ve been living into our calling to be Easter people with our “Love Out Loud” project – reaching beyond the walls of the church to show Christ’s love in real and tangible ways. I give you thanks for the ways in which you have responded and helped us witness to our faith in these different ways. Just as Lent is a season of preparation as we journey toward the cross, this season of Easter continues that journey as we then express our faith in Christ to the world around us, a faith that compels us to share what we have seen and heard!

 This coming Sunday we turn to the book of Acts, this pivotal book in the Bible between the four Gospels, and the letters to the churches that were then established. Acts is the sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the continuation of that story, in which those who have put their faith and trust in Christ will witness to those in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the very ends of the world. It’s at this point that the risen Christ, who has revealed Himself to various people over a period of 40-days since the resurrection, ascends to heaven to be with the Father, until the time comes for Him to return. Now, Jesus says, YOU will be my witnesses.

One of the struggles for the church today is how we are to witness to the world around us. Over recent decades there have been crusades, knocking on doors, evangelistic strategies, flyers, phone calls, and more, as we have sought to witness to our faith and bring people into a relationship with Christ. Yet, despite all of these things, the Church has declined steadily. So how are we to witness to our faith? In the book of Acts we find one person after another being bold and courageous in finding ways to introduce people around them to Christ. None of these events happened in a church building on a Sunday morning. They happened in homes, places of business, and in the streets, each and every day.

 How might we witness to our faith in the places that we already go? And are we bold, and courageous enough, to do so?

 

On May 23, which is Pentecost Sunday, we will be confirming three students who have actively participated in our Confirmation Class since January, led by Dave Sanders. They have explored the Christian faith for themselves and are ready to say “yes” to all that God offers to us through His mighty acts of Salvation. So, on May 23, I invite you to bring cards of encouragement, for each of these three students. We will have gift bags for each of them in the narthex, and will present them with these bags during the 11:15 service as they are Confirmed. They are: Evan Sosa, Naomi Osborne & Kyra Kuchler. Please be in prayer for them as they take this important step on their faith journey.

 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

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