Welcome to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church!
What a joy it is to have you with us here today! We pray by grace you will find your soul refreshed and your spirit renewed as we hear God’s word, give thanks and receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. We have a nursery and Sunday School next door in Tucker Hall for the youngsters. An usher will be happy to show you the way. You may prefer to keep them with you for the service: they are most welcome! By the way, we have “busy bags” in the church foyer with coloring books, etc, for the children to enjoy.
Coffee is served in the Parish Hall prior to and following our worship. Do please join us for refreshments and fellowship. We are glad you are here.
Finally, I encourage you to complete the attached form so that we can better connect and answer any questions you may have. Just follow this link: bit.ly/SME_Contact, fill out the information and submit the form.
Pastor—Rev. Craig Dalferes
Youth Christian Formation—Courtney Cangelosi
Music Minister—David West
Office Manager—Erica Polk
Episcopal Communicator — Jay C. Theriot
Order of Worship (Book of Common Prayer Page 355)
The Opening Acclamation BCP 355
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People : And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.
The Collect of the Day
Sermon by Fr. Craig Dalferes
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says
|The Lord be with you.|
|People||And also with you.|
|Celebrant||Lift up your hearts.|
|People||We lift them to the Lord.|
|Celebrant||Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.|
|People||It is right to give him thanks and praise.|
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-
where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.
Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other
occasions as appointed.
The people stand or kneel.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Celebrant and People
The people stand or kneel.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
And now, as our Savior
Christ has taught us,
we are bold to say,
People and Celebrant
|Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.
A period of silence is kept.
Then may be sung or said
[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]
In Lent, Alleluia is omitted, and may be omitted at other times except
during Easter Season.
In place of, or in addition to, the preceding, some other suitable
anthem may be used.
Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation
The Gifts of God for the People of God.
Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
At St. Matthew’s we welcome all persons, regardless of denomination, who have been baptized with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to share in the communion at this Altar. Those wishing to receive the bread only, forgoing the wine may certainly do so.