striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit Jesus said to Matthew, “Follow me,” and Matthew followed. Today is the feast day of St. Matthew- apostle and the first gospel writer. And he rose up, and forsook all, and followed Him. Be with us, Matthew, help us now to trumpet forth God’s name. built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets. But grace was given to each of us V. Their message resounds with hope for all. and night unto night makes the message known. V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love. Jesus saw Matthew, the tax collector, sitting at his post and said to him: “Follow me.”, And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”, For the loving compassion of the Holy One, To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow. ELCA | NJ Synod | Moorestown Patch | Website by Green House Graphix, Baptisms, First Communion, & Confirmation. He sat to watch o’er customs paid, A man of scorned and hardening trade, Alike the symbol and the tool Of foreign masters’ hated rule. Matthew also witnessed the resurrected Christ, who promised to fill the disciples with the power of the Holy Spirit. His act of witness, then, marked him as an evangelist. St. Matthew, in contrast, whose feast we celebrate today, was a sinner. one God and Father of all, one Body and one Spirit, We are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we may be witnesses to others of the ways that Christ has reached out to us and pulled us into new life and helping them to see God’s gracious and embracing love anew. that you love each other just as I have been loving you. According to the Holy Bible, Jesus called him “while he was sitting in the custom house. At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun; to the furthest ends of the sky is its path. He was a tax collector. others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. (They also look really cute with little bookmark's added.) St. Matthew is symbolized by a "money box or purse." one Lord, one faith, one baptism; You strengthened Matthew to bear witness to the truth in the face of bitter persecution ~empower us to bear witness to the reality of your love at all times and in every place. EPH 4:1-7, 11-13 . Saint Matthew Lutheran Church is a community of disciples reaching out through Christ in loving worship, witness, and service. Then in your joy you called your friends To meet the one who saves. for building up the Body of Christ, rejoices like a champion to run its course. Matthew crafted his telling of the Gospel in Five Books, reflecting the Five Books of the Torah, ~ may all who study and pray from this text follow your example of love for your people and deep knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones. May God bless + us, protect us from all evil, and lead us to freedom and the fullness of life,  ~Amen. yet their span extends through all the Earth. with all humility and gentleness, with patience, Yet Jesus called him. through the bond of peace: You called Matthew to leave his job to follow you, and sent him to proclaim the Good News of your love to the world, ~call us to bring this same message of hope to all humankind. Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Lectionary: 643. There is nothing concealed from its burning heat. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, I would like to suggest that this theme of “witness” is particularly appropriate to a ministry that associates itself with St. Matthew. We praise you, Spirit, for in you We may yet live as one; We beg you for that gift of sight To see in each your face. Lead us to wisdom through his teaching and example that we may share your compassion with the whole world. You found in him  a diff’rent gold, the Treasure of the field. On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, and the firmament shows forth the work of God’s hands. as you were also called to the one hope of your call; and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, Since St. Matthew also wrote on of the books in the bible, you could make our Fig Newton "Bible Cookies." Certainly the theme of witness comes to the fore in considering his story.