We are a Parish Church of the Anglican Province of America (APA), dedicated to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the traditional Anglican expression of Christianity.
We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Him.
The 1611 King James translation of Holy Scripture, as interpreted by Tradition and understood by reason, contains all things necessary for Salvation and Christian Living.
The Book of Common Prayer (1928) and its predecessors back to the 1549 Book of Common Prayer of Archbishop Cranmer.
The Thirty-nine Articles as found at the end of the Book of Common Prayer.
The historic Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds.
An ordained male ministry of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops in Apostolic Succession, and faithful to the Apostolic teaching of that Faith once delivered to the Apostles by Jesus Christ.
A Church committed to traditional Christian family values; such as, marriage is between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-9).
A Church that lives the Summary of the Law: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Deut. 6:5). This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Lev. 19:18). On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
A Church that is committed to the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Deanery Picnic is on Saturday August 29, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, #12 Byas Lane, Swannanoa, NC. If you plan to attend, please bring a side dish or dessert. Meat will be donated and furnished for grilling on site.
Wednesday Midweek Evening Prayer and Choir Practice: starting this coming Wednesday, September 2, we will be holding a Wednesday Evening Prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by Choir Practice. Even if you’re not in the Choir, please join us for the wonderful service of Evening Prayer.
The 13th Sunday after Trinity at St. Matthew’s (August 30, 2015):
9:30 a.m.: Abbreviated Morning Prayer with Larry Allison & Fr. Greg.
10:00 a.m.: Adult Bible Forum with Jim Tucker in the Parish Hall; Children’s Bible Class at the parsonage; Choir Practice in the fireplace room.
11:00 a.m.: Holy Communion Service. The Propers begin on page 207 in the Book of Common Prayer. The Old Testament Lesson is Jeremiah 31:2-7; the Psalm is 63. Fr. Greg is preaching on the topic “God is Loving & Compassionate,” the last in a sermon series on the Attributes of God.
Hymns: “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” 545 [1st tune]; “How Wondrous and Great” 260 [2nd tune]; “Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured” 190; “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” 375 [2nd tune].
The Chalice Bearer is Jim Tucker. The Reader is J.C. Rhine. The Ushers are Henry Meinken & Bob Wood; the Acolytes are Kevin Fife & Mordecai Howard. The Financial Team is appreciated!
The Vestry encourages us all to wear our name tags as a help for visitors, and a way for our newest members to get to know one another by name.
Today’s luncheon is the all-church potluck. No team signed up for next Sunday, so please bring something to share. Please sign up for future luncheons.
August 30- Monthly all-church Potluck
September 6- No one yet signed up, so please bring a snack to share
September 13- Team Alabama
September 20- No one yet signed up, so please bring a snack to share unless someone does
September 27- Monthly Potluck
The Refreshment Volunteer sign-up sheet is available in the Parish Hall: please sign up if you can help with this important opportunity for fellowship and welcoming visitors to St. Matthew’s.
Wednesday, September 2: 6 p.m. Evening Prayer followed by Choir Practice.
Thursday, September 3: 10:00 a.m. Bible Study in First Corinthians, with Holy Communion at 11:00.
The Requiem Eucharist for Winston Pulliam will be held at St. Matthew’s on Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon. Millie Meinken is organizing the luncheon.
Thank you to all who contributed cookies for College Fairs: thank you also for your follow-up prayers for this outreach.
For those of you who remember APA seminarian Tyler Phass and his wife Holly, they are expecting their first child on March 15, 2016. We rejoice with them, and look forward to seeing them soon as they will be visiting us shortly. Thank you for your prayers.
The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry current needs list is posted on the bulletin board. The most current list items needed includes: men’s and women’s toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant), liquid dish detergent, self-rising flour and cornmeal, canned peaches, spaghetti sauce, and vegetable oil. A basket for donations is located in the back of the church near the main entrance.
Thank you all for your continued ministry of prayer for these, each other, and the needs of the world around us.
The well-known Parable of the Good Samaritan came in the context of a legal test, wherein Jesus affirmed that a Jewish lawyer was correct in stating that the way to inherit eternal life was (first) to love God with all one’s being, and (second) to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Simple enough, except for the uncomfortable reality that none of us always loves God as we should, nor do we always love our neighbors unselfishly. And the lawyer realized that, which led him to want “to justify himself” through a legal definition of “neighbor.” Jesus deliberately selected a hated Samaritan for this Jewish lawyer as the example of what loving your neighbor was all about. The lawyer’s disdain might be inferred in his final answer to Jesus: the lawyer avoided the word “Samaritan” as an example of a loving neighbor,... Read more »