Welcome to St. Matthew Lutheran Church

St. Matthew is a friendly congregation located in Palmyra, Wisconsin.  Some of us are newcomers to the area…other of us belong to families which have been here for generations.  We are a group of Christians with a common mission:  To share the love of Christ Jesus.  We welcome you.

 

How can the Word spread to the ends of the earth if its hearers can’t even understand the language? The Holy Spirit is about to take care of that.

The Holy Spirit’s first gift was understanding through shared language.

Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the question, how does the Holy Spirit’s light explode in the new world?

Sunday: Pentecost, Acts 2:1-4; Galatians 4:1-7

Monday: Paul Greets the Ephesians, Ephesians 1
Tuesday: One in Christ, Ephesians 2
Wednesday: Paul’s Ministry to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3
Thursday: New Life in Christ, Ephesians 4
Friday: On Being Christian, Ephesians 5
Saturday: Put on the Armor of God, Ephesians 6

 

Paul’s gifts as an orator are beginning to blossom. With power and grace he calls out some of the leaders on their inconsistencies, and presents himself as the classic example of someone who could not have been justified but through the grace of Jesus.

There are no good guys and no bad guys. There are just people saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the question: What is going on in Galatia?.

Sunday: Living by Faith, Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21

Monday: Welcome to the Galatians, Galatians 1:1-12
Tuesday: Paul Defends His Apostleship, Galatians 1:18-24
Wednesday: Paul and the Other Apostles, Galatians 2:1-10
Thursday: God’s Promise to Abraham, Galatians 3:10-18
Friday: The Purpose of the Law, Galatians 3:19-22
Saturday: Paul Reprimands the Galatians, Galatians 4:8-20

 

The early leaders of the faithful had an ever-growing task on their hands: to keep adding to the numbers of converted while trying to reconcile the old customs with the new message. Opinions are strong, and the young church faces one among many threats of division.

 

There are many things that can divide a church today, yet many more that can unite us.

 

Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. 

Sunday: Council at Jerusalem, Acts 15:1-18

Monday: The Conversion of Lydia, Acts 16:11-15
Tuesday: Paul and Silas in Prison, Acts 16:16-40
Wednesday: Paul Sails for Rome, Acts 27:1-12
Thursday: The Storm at Sea, Acts 27:13-38
Friday: The Shipwreck, Acts 27:39-28:16
Saturday: Paul Preaches in Rome, Acts 28:23-31