Welcome to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church!

2014 February 8
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by daved

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

Welcome to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the heart of the Parkrose neighborhood, where we have been serving God and the people of God since 1944. We are a community that takes seriously the Great Commandment to love God with our whole heart, mind, and spirit, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Sunday worship is at 9:00 a.m.  St. Matthew’s is the closest Episcopal Church to Portland International Airport, so if you have some time before your flight, please come by and join the St. Matthew’s community for worship!

The Hebrew Scriptures call God’s people to “Work for the good of the city where I have taken you, and pray to the Lord for that city.  When it prospers, you will also prosper.”  (Jeremiah 29:7).  The St. Matthew’s community strives to be “A Center for Christ’s Mission & Ministry in the Parkrose neighborhood & beyond,” seeking the well-being of our neighborhood as well as the larger world around us.  The St. Matthew’s community yearns to be a place of welcome for all:

–    for seekers and people who want to learn more about what it means to be followers of Jesus Christ,

–    for those drawn to meaningful worship that richly connects ancient Christian practice from the earliest ages with our soul’s yearning for the holy in the 21st century,

–    for those seeking a “safe harbor” during a difficult period of life,

–    for those with a passion for service and ministry,

–    for those who want to be part of a community of faith undergoing re-birth,

–    for those who are weary and burdened, in need of God’s friendship,  love, grace, healing and wholeness,

–    for those who want to be part of a community that strives for justice and peace, and respects the dignity of every human being,

–    for all who hunger for a church that’s open, welcoming, and inclusive of all people.

In the Episcopal Church we believe that spiritual authority is based on what Anglicans have long referred to as “the three-legged stool”:  Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.  We ask for  God’s guidance through not just one but all three means of revelation.  Over the centuries this has allowed us to embrace a variety of changes, such as the welcome of all baptized persons to the Communion table, the decision to allow divorced persons to be re-married in the church, the decision to recognize the ministry of women in all levels of lay and ordained leadership, and more recently, the recognition that God’s call to ordained ministry can and does include gay and lesbian people.  God’s Spirit continues to open our minds and hearts to wisdom and truth in many surprising and wonderful ways.

Please come and see all that the Spirit of God is up to at St. Matthew’s!  The church is located at 11229 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97220, across the street from Senn’s Dairy Park.  Our phone number is 503.252.5720, and phone messages are checked regularly, so please don’t hesitate to call!  We would love to hear from you, and if you’re looking for a faith community, we would love to be your church!

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South Wall of St. Matthew’s, facing the Altar