Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  Two services will be held at St. Matthew's: a noonday service at 12:00 in our side chapel and an evening service at 5:30pm.

At the evening service, Tobin Deen and Andrew Carr (pictured above) will offer music on acoustic guitar.  A soup supper follows in the parish hall.

Adult Forum: Spiritual Practices

Deep and Wide:  The expansive scope of Christian spirituality and some practices that help make it relevant today.

On January 20, we'll continue the dialogue from the previous week by looking at four different spiritual practices designed to open us to God's presence and movement. These are simple practices that fit into busy lives and connect with the honest realities we face each day.

The forum will be led by our own Dan Johnson. Dan is a spiritual director and retreat leader here in the Twin Cities. His conversational style and group involvement make for interesting and spirited forums.

 

Adult Forum: Spiritual Practices

Deep and Wide:  The expansive scope of Christian spirituality and some practices that help make it relevant today.

January 13th, join us as we look at the broad qualities of Christian spirituality, how those qualities provide helpful insights about spiritual types, and how having all the types makes for a healthy parish community.

On January 20, we'll continue the dialogue by looking at four different spiritual practices designed to open us to God's presence and movement. These are simple practices that fit into busy lives and connect with the honest realities we face each day.

The forum will be led by our own Dan Johnson. Dan is a spiritual director and retreat leader here in the Twin Cities. His conversational style and group involvement make for interesting and spirited forums.

Online Old Testament Class

Online Old Testament Class Starts Jan. 20

"The Old Testament: A Biography," a 10-week online Bible study and discussion group led by Reed Carlson will run January 20 through March 30. Participants will read two to three chapters per week, as well as selections from How to Read the Bible by James L. Kugel. Participants will then go online towww.otbiography.com to watch a 10-minute video teaching from Reed and to engage in online discussion. Participants will be asked to post answers to two or three discussion questions by Thursday night each week. To register, e-mail Blair Pogue, rector@stmatthewsmn.org.

Community Art Show Reception

Join us for a reception at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 24th, celebrating the opening of the 16th Annual Community Art Show in the Undercroft Gallery.  The show features works by members of St. Matthew's and the St. Anthony Park and Twin Cities communities. The show runs through April 6th.

You may view the art before and after Sunday services, and on Tuesday through Friday during office hours, 9:30am - 3:30pm.

 

The Magnificat

 
On December 21, the Parish Choir will present a Magnificat (Song of Mary) at the regular 10:30am service.
 
Traditionally, the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent center around Mary, the blessed mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In the gospel of Luke, we read that Mary sang a song of great joy (the Magnificat) which has been set to music many thousands of times.
 
Our choir will be singing a setting of the Magnificat by Domenico Cimarosa.  Cimarosa was an Italian opera composer, a contemporary of Mozart, who wrote for all of the important opera houses in Italy (Rome, Naples, Florence).  Cimarosa's Magnificat may have been written during a time when he lived in St. Petersburg, writing for the court of the Empress Catherine II.  This setting of the Magnificat is not well-known, but deserves to be performed more frequently. 
 
We can only imagine Mary's great joy at the mystery and holiness of her pregnancy.  But we can put on eighteenth-century ears, close our eyes, and be uplifted once again.

 

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