The Greatest Bread Jesus uses the image of bread to demonstrate that, even compared to all the great things God has done before, God’s greatest miracle is in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus, the bread of life, is a greater miracle than the manna God sent in the dessert (Exod. 16:14), greater than the bread the angel brought to restore Elijah (1 Kings 19:4-8), greater even than the loaves Jesus had just multiplied to feed [continue reading…]
11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 9:45 AM Friendship Sunday with Holy Communion Blessing of the Animals +++ Do Not Worry…Liberated by God’s Grace “…Trusting in God is about giving up one’s own strength and accepting oneself as weak and helpless. Paradoxically, there is nothing more secure than to feel one’s own weakness; this is connected to understanding that one’s vanity is embraced by an inexplicable power. My experiences will help me to grasp that this inexplicable power [continue reading…]
Installation and Reception. Our Director of LGL Ministries, Lindsay Bailey, who was consecrated in the ELCA as a Deacon on June 2, will be installed at St. Matthew at both worship services on Sunday, September 23. Pastor Karl Bierman of the Northeastern Ohio Synod will be present that day to preach and install. There will be a reception for Deacon Lindsay after each worship service. For those that are interested there is going to be a planning [continue reading…]
At Rest Among Strangers The world can be a dangerous place, and we all long for someone, some leader, who will watch over us and protect us from all harm. The prophet Jeremiah issues strong cautions to those who abuse the trust placed in them to care for God’s people, and the psalmist sings the praises of the Lord who guards and guides us through life’s trials. But the letter to the Ephesians suggests that [continue reading…]
Speaking Truth to Power Few of us want to hear a hard truth, and perhaps fewer of us want to be the ones called to deliver one. Today’s texts remind us that bearing God’s word is risky business. King Jereboam exiles the prophet Amos for calling him to account. Herod delivers John the baptizer’s head on a platter to his wife, Herodias, to fulfill a promise he never should have made. Speaking truth to power [continue reading…]
MEDINA, OH, August 5, 2018. St. Matthew to hold Outdoor Worship with Blessing of Pets at Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:45 AM. St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Medina, will hold an outdoor worship service at Buckeye Woods Park, Sunday, August 5th at 9:45 AM. We invite the community to this service to celebrate National Friendship Sunday. You are welcome to bring four-legged friends for a blessing during [continue reading…]
Outdoor Worship on Sunday, June 24 at 9:45AM, followed by a potluck. Hotdogs and drinks provided. Join us at Hubbard Valley Park, 8600 Hubbard Valley Rd, Seville, OH 44273. Outdoor Picnic. Small Group members will supply hot dogs and buns, condiments, and bottles of cold water. We are asking those attending to bring their own place settings and a covered dish to share; and also lawn chairs.