Attending a Service
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
What to Expect when you Visit
When you visit our church for worship, expect to be warmly welcomed and greeted by our members. We are thrilled that you took the time to join us for worship. If you have any questions regarding our facility, feel free to ask anyone and we will be happy to point you in the right direction. As you enter our sanctuary you will receive a worship folder which will share with you information about our worship and walk you through the service. Feel free to sit wherever you would like, noting that, if needed, we do have reserved seating for those with small children. During worship you can follow along either on the screen or in your worship folder.
After worship there will be time for fellowship with refreshments being served after the Sunday morning service.
How Should I Dress?
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they have never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, St. Matthew Lutheran Church doesn’t make any rules either. On any weekend at our church you may see suits and jeans, high heels and tennis shoes, t-shirts and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of casual dress or more formal is acceptable to God and to us.
Description of our Worship Services
Worship at St. Matthew is a time of reflection, spiritual growth, praise and prayer. Our service begins with some opening remarks by our Pastor, an occasional informational video, and an introduction to worship. We then hear the ringing of the bells followed by the opening song. We then take the time to stand before God, admit our many faults and find freedom from all guilt and shame through the proclamation of Jesus’ forgiveness. Following a hymn of praise we hear various readings from the Bible which emphasize the theme of the day. Then a special message is shared with the children as they assemble up front, followed by a joint confession of faith and then another hymn of praise. Then our Pastor shares with us a message from the Bible. He applies that message to our life and shares the love of Jesus with us. After the sermon all are given an opportunity to worship the Lord with their offerings. These gifts of love are given to support the mission and ministry of St. Matthew as well as offer support to Fox Valley Lutheran High School (a Lutheran High School in Appleton) and our Wisconsin Synod (the global church body of which we are a member). We then offer our prayers to the Lord and conclude our worship with the blessing of God and a final song.
Being a Lutheran Church, the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are very precious to us. We believe and teach that these sacraments are a means by which God actually gives us his grace and blessing and so we celebrate them often. Baptisms take place in worship as families request and we celebrate Holy Communion in worship on the second and fourth weekends of every month. We do practice “Close” Communion which means only our members and those visitors who are from our sister congregations in the Wisconsin Synod or Evangelical Lutheran Synod are invited to commune with us. We do this in application of God’s Word and out of Christian love for souls.
We do hope to see you in worship soon.