Sermons at St. Matthew

Did you miss worship this past week (or perhaps the week before)? Maybe you want to hear the sermon a second time. If that is the case you have come to the right place. Here you will find audio of the most recent sermons either for yourself or to share with someone else.

A Place for Healing

Faith Story of Lea Coppola
July 1, 2020

Listen as Lea Coppola openly shares her love of music and how it has helped her through difficult times, even when she has felt broken and said, leaving her angry and upset with God. However, the strong bonds she has developed with her family, church family and others have strengthened her faith and led her to a place where she passionately believes in equality, justice and the love of God. Here is a young women who is truly “not ashamed of the Gospel.”

Give a Cup of Cold Water

Pastor David Kiel
June 28, 2020

Jesus calls us all to be disciples. Sometimes the simplest and most ordinary act toward someone is all that is needed. Kindness, compassion, and helping someone in need is all it takes—in Jesus’ name. The challenging part is that Jesus calls us to do these things sometimes beyond our comfort zones; to people who are desperately in need and perhaps very different from us. God’s grace is there to support us as we seek to be faithful.

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Photo by Yassin Doukhane

Faith Journey of Renée Kiel

June 24, 2020

Faith comes to us in many different ways. Sometimes in the most ordinary of ways, often not remarkable or surprising. Reneé Kiel shares her faith and how it grew and was strengthened in five ways over the years of her life. Her journey — her dance with God

What Makes for Peace

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
June 21, 2020

What makes for peace may not be easy. In fact, in his teachings, Jesus speaks of the division that arises as our devotion is set on following him. When we try to placate ourselves with a false sense of peace, Jesus shows us another way, a way of truth, justice and hope. In the scripture reading for today, Jesus shows what happens when people’s lives are changed by the Gospel. They don’t go back to the way things were. They have a glimpse of what could be and realize it is what is meant to be.

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Reflections on Fatherhood

Mid-Week Faith Story of the Wests
June 17, 2020

No matter our age. No matter our gender. Our fathers play a key role in molding who we are and what we believe. In advance of Fathers Day, members of the West family reflect on the meaning of fatherhood and how their own father’s have shaped their thinking and faith. After all, our relationship with our earthly father in many ways forms the foundation of our relationship with our heavenly father. “Wherever you may go. No matter where we are. He never will be far away.”

Compassion Action

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
June 14, 2020

Today’s message focuses on the compassion Jesus had for the crowds who gathered around him. In the story, the compassion of Jesus is put into action through the work of his disciples. This is a call to action for us as well. Pastor Kathy reminds us that as we get to this Compassion Action, we are led by the One whose labor of love cost him his life for us to have life.

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Holy Trinity Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton prepared a recording for Holy Trinity Sunday and invited pastors throughout the ELCA to share it as the sermon of the day. We offer it to you as our mid-week worship experience. In her message she describes how God as Trinity shows up today in the way of love, relationship, justice and peace. May this timely sermon fill you with hope and inspire you to be together in communion and community of the Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity Sunday

Drive-In Worship

Pastor David Kiel
June 7, 2020

God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. Creator. Redeemer. Sustainer. Pastor David Kiel helps us grasp the meaning of the Holy Trinity and how God can be One yet Three. And, in being Three in One, how God enables us to fulfill the Great Commission through His Great Promise, which will continue to bless us, fill us, empower us and sustains us always, to the end of the age.

God is Faithful

Mid-Week Faith Story of Faye Snyder
June 3, 2020

Listen as Pastor Faye Snyder reveals how God has been faithful throughout her life, just as He will be in yours. She has learned to lean on God, because His promises are real. She understands why it is said that “People make plans and God laughs.” God said to her, “My child that was not my plan for you. I have a better one.” She has stopped asking WHY, because there is often no answer. Better to ask HOW — how should I respond to life’s challenges and God’s call.

Pentecost Drive-In Worship

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 31, 2020

When the burdens of life press upon us, what should we do? For certain, we should breathe. But, we must learn to breathe differently. We must learn to breathe in the breath of life. Breathe in — breathe out. Breathe in the power of the Holy Spirit. Breathe in peace and live. Breathe in the power of God’s love and then breathe that power out into the world.

Faith, Service and Purpose —
Three Pillars of Faith

Stacy Parsons
May 27, 2020

Martin Luther said that “Faith is God’s work in us.” Tonight, Stacy Parson shares how God has worked in her life as she shares the three pillars of her faith: Grace, Service and Purpose. Her strong faith undergirds her, assuring her that her life is truly in God’s hands. And, like Martin Luther, she understands that come what may, she knows she, too, can stand.

He Prayed for Us

Memorial Day Weekend
Pastor David Kiel

May 24, 2020

Jesus prayed for us.  He prayed passionately.  He prayed earnestly.  And what did He pray for us?  That we may all be one in our faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit come to know God so that we, too, may do the work of the Father.  Pastor David helps us understand what this means for us in our daily lives and how we are blessed in being a blessing to others.

Nancy Leister
Mid-Week Faith Journey

May 20, 2020

Nancy Leister recounts her amazing personal journey and how her faith has inspired her life of service to her church, her community and to those around her. She has learned the secret to what makes for a truly successful life. It is a lesson we all need to hear. Real success is not achieved so much through our earthly accomplishments, but rather when we learn to want only what we really need.

“I will not leave you orphaned.”

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 17, 2020

There are many kinds of goodbyes — some are long, some are abrupt — but all leave a void. In today’s scripture, Jesus bids goodbye to his disciples but reassures them that he will be back and will never abandon them. Pastor Kathy reminds us that this is a message for us today as well. Christ is always present, abiding with us and revealing himself to us and to those around us through the love we share.

Mid-Week Service — Hymn Sing

May 13, 2020

Music is an integral part of worship as we sing praises to God.  It also adds depth and richness to life itself. Please join Scott Fredericks, our Minister of Music, as he leads us in this meaningful hymn sing. Add your voices to those of Richard Carson, Lea Coppola, Madison Maloney, Amy and Terry Schlitzer and Helen Smith as you follow the words on the screen.  Don’t be bashful.  Sing out. Sing unto the Lord.

Home of Hope

Pastor David Kiel
May 10, 2020

Every house has a history with a story to tell. But it is the house full of love that becomes a home and shares the best tale of all — a tale of peace and comfort, security and hope. Pastor David shares his vision of our home yet to come, built by the loving hands of God Himself. A Home of Hope where troubled hearts will be no more.

Mothers Day Faith Stories

The Staub and Deitzel/Fralic Families

The relationship between Mother and Child is like no other. This special bond shapes the lives of each and every one of us. It is truly a gift from God and, in its purest form, is a reflection of God’s perfect love for us all. Listen to the heart warming stories of the Staub and Deitzel/Fralic families and consider the impact your mothers have had on your own lives.

The Abundant Life —
Good Shepherd Sunday

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 3, 2020

Just how do we get the abundant life we are promised? Discover that true abundance is found in how  we live our lives. It comes in the doing, not the receiving. Pastor Kathy nudges us into a way of living and a lifetime commitment that leads to that abundant life. The key – Listen, Trust and Follow the Good Shepherd who came that we might “have life, and have it abundantly.”

A Lifelong Faith Story

Faith Story of Rollie and Ardis Kunde

The Kundes have been dedicated and faithful believers their entire lives, whether living here, in Germany or in England. Journey with them as they discuss how their love of music and their deep faith was nurtured at an early age and has carried and sustained them throughout their entire lives.

On the Road to Emmaus

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
April 26, 2020

This is not simply another Easter story — it is OUR story. Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman takes us on the road. The question is where does the road lead us. And who will we meet along the way? Will we recognize Jesus as we travel, even though we may be standing in the shadow of the cross or in the midst of a pandemic? We must never forget that Christ is Risen and will appear to us, if we but keep our eyes open in hope.

Have No Fear, Little Flock

Faith Story of Amy Schlitzer

Have No Fear, Little Flock — Words to live by and words which have often come back to Amy Schlitzer through the years. She has found comfort and support through music and the people in her life that have strengthened her faith in both good and challenging times. “For the Father will keep you in his love forever; have good cheer, little flock!“

Did Thomas Get a Bad Rap?

Pastor David Kiel
April 19, 2020

Who among us is without DOUBT? It is hard to maintain our beliefs in the midst of the fears and uncertainties of today’s world. How can we still believe while living in a world surrounded by so many things that make us question our faith in God? Let’s take a fresh look at Thomas as Pastor David Kiel encourages us to consider our own doubts. Maybe, just maybe, Doubt is an essential part of Faith.

God Winks and Growing Faith

Faith Story of Carroll Granger

You will not want to miss Carroll Granger’s inspiring story as he traces the growth of his faith through the years. He recounts how many times he has experienced “God winks” throughout his life and how St. Matthew has always been and continues to be at the heart of his story and at the center of his life.

Easter Sunday Service

Alleluia! Christ in Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman shares with us what it means to live out our Easter faith in a Good Friday World full of seemingly insurmountable fears and challenges. Because we are Easter people, we can live in hope with the assurance that we will indeed meet Jesus, even in this Good Friday World.

Children & Family Easter Celebration

Alleluia! Christ in Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

“April,” our friendly caterpillar, has been asleep under the St. Matthew altar for seven long weeks. Time for her to wake up. Deacon Jan Davis tells us how, just like Jesus, April comes back to life, spreading her wings and emerging from her cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. April teaches us, in a very real way, that Jesus, too, is Alive.

Good Friday

Pastor David Kiel
April 10, 2020

Maundy Thursday

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
April 9, 2020

Palm Sunday – Enjoy the Parade

Pastor David Kiel
April 5, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Jane West
April 1, 2020

Come Out

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 28-29, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Jaime Patterson
March 25, 2020

Was Blind But Now I See

Pastor David Kiel
March 21-22, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Mike Jones
March 18, 2020

The Women at the Well

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 14-15, 2020

Nic(odemus) At Night

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 7-8, 2020

Identify Theft (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor David Kiel
February 29-March 1, 2020

On the Mountaintop

Deacon Jan Davis
February 22-23, 2020

The Gift of the Law (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor Renée Kiel
February 15-16, 2020

You Are Called

Pastor Rob Moore
February 8-9, 2020

How Can We Not Sing?

Pastor David Kiel
February 1-2, 2020

Find Out What Your Gifts Are

Pastor Rob Moore
January 25-26, 2020

Be a Disciple (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor David Kiel
January 18-19, 2020

Epiphany: Who Would We Follow?
(with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
January 4-5, 2020