Worship & Bible Study

Worship With Us!

  • Walled Lake Campus
    • 8:15am Blended Worship in Main Worship Center
    • 11am Prayer & Praise Worship in Gym
  • Wixom Campus
    • 9am Sunday New Vintage Worship
  • Online Worship
    • Sundays 9:30am Live on Zoom
    • Live and Recorded on Facebook
    • Live via Telephone 1-877-853-5257 ID: 799-892-892 followed by "#"
    • Recording available on YouTube, Facebook, and Website
  • Communion Schedule
    • New Vintage and Prayer & Praise: Second Sunday of the month
    • Blended: Third Sunday of the month
    • Drive In Communion - First Wednesday of the month, Walled Lake Campus parking lot. Bring your cell phone. Follow instructions upon arrival.
  • Bible Study - Details available at www.st-matthew.org/BibleStudy
  • Prayer Requests - Please email prayer@st-matthew.org

In-Person Worship Guidelines

  • Update May 23, 2021 Last Monday, based on government changes made a few days prior, the Elders of St. Matthew decided that effective June 13, there will be a mask-optional, not social distance seating section provided in worship for those that have been fully vaccinated (see article below). That section will be on the left side (as you face the front). Then on Thursday, the governor announced additional changes for June and July, the details of which will be forthcoming.With all that in mind, we offer these two pieces of pastoral counsel: First, please be patient in this fluid situation as the Elders seek to transition to post-COVID worship in a way that is safe and cares for all. Second, there are precious people of God on both sides of the mask and vaccination issues. Let’s love one another and not let this divide us.
  • Update May 18, 2021 Recently the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) changed their mask guidance and our state changed its face mask order. In view of that and after much prayer and discussion, the Elders of St. Matthew decided the following: Provided there are no governmental changes regarding masks, effective June 13th, a mask-optional section will be provided in worship services for those that have been fully vaccinated. This date gives time for those who have recently become eligible for vaccination to complete the process. The Board of Elders recommends that people become vaccinated as they become eligible. The mask optional sections need not be social distanced [in seating]. Out of an abundance of Christian love and sacrifice, volunteers assisting in worship services will continue to wear masks. Gloves are no longer necessary effective immediately. God-willing, there will be additional steps of post-pandemic normalcy in worship in the weeks and months to come.
  • Cleanliness: Our buildings are cleaned and sanitized, with surface touch points minimized. Hymnals, Bibles, Communication Cards, pens, brochures, Children’s bags, etc. have been removed from worship spaces, entrances, and common areas to allow for more complete cleaning of those spaces. Some bulletin boards have been removed. Bulletins, paper Messengers, and Communication Cards will not be available. Please bring your own Bible, pen, and paper if needed. Keep up to date on ministry with the weekly eNews. Staff and Volunteers will have their temperatures taken, will be evaluated for health, and will wear masks.
  • Health and Hygiene: Those entering our buildings should carefully evaluate their own health prior to attending. Please stay home if you have a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been exposed to the virus, if you are in an at-risk category per the CDC guidelines, or if you are not yet ready to return to worship for any reason. We will continue to offer online worship for those not yet returning to in-person worship. Everyone is asked to maintain proper hand washing and hygiene procedures. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Social Distancing will be expected, with no handshaking, hugging, or other close contact. Please greet each other with God’s love, but maintain an appropriate distance of at least 6 feet. Please respect social distancing as you wait to be ushered to your seat for worship upon entering the building, during worship, and upon exiting the building directly after worship. Please be mindful of directions from Elders and Ushers.
  • Masks: Out of Christian love and concern for others, everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask. Those not wearing a mask will be offered a mask to wear. Staff, Elders and other Volunteers will wear masks and take appropriate health and hygiene precautions.
  • Entrances and Exits: To allow for minimizing touch points, doors will be held open by volunteers for worship attendees to enter and exit. All regular entrances will be available for use at the usual times.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits.
  • Size Limitations: We will limit the number of people attending, based on social distancing and worship space size parameters.
  • Seating: Elders and Ushers will show worship attendees to their seats. Pew and chair spacing has been adjusted to accommodate social distancing. Please wait to be directed to your seat, and maintain social distancing while in line. Family groups will be seated together, but will remain distanced from others. Those without masks will be directed to a designated seating area. Please be respectful of the directions given by our Elders and Ushers to ensure the safety of all.
  • Drinking fountains are closed for use. Please bring a personal water bottle if needed.
  • Children: Nursery will not be available at this time. Bible Adventure and other children’s programs are also suspended at this time. Children’s activity bags will not be provided. Please bring quiet activities for your children to use during worship, if needed. A quieting room is available in the main worship center.
  • Services will be revised and shortened to allow for proper cleaning of spaces and to limit the time spent within the enclosed space. Singing will be minimized as well. Masks are to be worn for the entire service, including singing.
  • Offerings will be taken by Elders at the exit of the worship space, with no plates or baskets passed during service.
  • Communication Cards will not be used at this time.
  • Communion: At this time, communion will be offered at our Wednesday 7pm Drive-In Services, on the first Wednesday of the month, and the second Sunday of the month in our Contemporary (9am New Vintage and 11am Prayer & Praise) services, and the third Sunday of the month in our Traditional (8:15 Blended) service.
  • Bible Classes for all children, youth and adults have been suspended (in person) at this time. See st-matthew.org/BibleStudy for online options.
  • Fellowship Refreshments: Coffee, donuts and other food items will not be provided at this time.
  • Exiting Worship: Elders and Ushers will dismiss worship attendees in a socially distanced fashion. Please be patient as you wait to exit, and leave the building in a timely fashion.
  • Accessibility of Buildings: For the continued safety of our staff, and to ease the burden on our cleaning staff, our buildings remain closed for walk-in visitors during the week. Anyone wishing to meet with a staff member should contact that staff member directly or the church office to schedule a time to enter and meet. Proper entrance protocols will be adhered to at that time (including temperature taken, exposure evaluated, etc.).

Thank you for your patience as we have worked hard to continue ministry during this difficult time, and as we have prayerfully discerned the best time and manner in which to start our in-person gatherings again. Please continue to show Christian love to one another!

God's blessings on each of you, and may His love and grace continue to guide us and grant us wisdom.

Blessings,

Pastor Paul, Pastor Michael, Pastor Austin and the entire Staff of St. Matthew

Everyone is welcome!

We love to worship our God together!

Everyone is welcome to join us or just come in to check it out. We think worship should be meaningful for all generations, so we now offer 3 styles of worship, from the more traditional to less formal settings at celebrate timeless truth in current ways.

Please come as you are – casual dress is ok

In any worship service you will see people in jeans, business clothes, and dress clothes. What’s most important is to be there, connecting with God and His family.

Please introduce yourself to us at one of our Welcome centers, where hosts wait to answer questions, provide directions, or even just to chat. We can’t wait to meet you!

Details Regarding Holy Communion at St. Matthew

To take communion at St. Matthew, you must believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;  believe that in, with, and under the bread and wine we receive the true body and blood of Christ; confess your sin, seek the assurance of forgiveness, and intend, with God’s help, to amend your sinful life.

Anyone who has not yet been instructed, is in doubt, or holds a confession differing from this belief, and yet desires to receive the sacrament, is asked first to speak with the pastor.  For those simply desiring to receive a blessing from the minister, you may come forward and pass through the line with your arms crossed in front of you.

For the benefit of communicants who have reactions to the unleavened wheat wafers, unleavened rice wafers are also available.  Simply indicate the need for a rice wafer to the pastor as you come up for communion.

For the benefit of communicants who need less alcohol, several individual cups containing white grape juice with a slight tincture of wine is included in the center of each communion tray.  They are easily distinguished from the cups containing red wine.

For further study, see Matthew 5:23f; 10:32f; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:17-34.