The Rev. Canon Kevin Martin, retired Rector of St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas, Texas, spoke to the parish Vestry and Search committee during St. Matthew's weekend. He also preached the sermon on St. Matthew's Sunday, with a message of renewal for our congregation. You can listen to his sermon by clicking here
We were blessed with glorious weather and great fellowship on Sun., Sept. 17 as we celebrated the 69th annual St. Matthew's Day! Many thanks to all who helped set up, serve and cleanup. More pictures on our StMattsRVA (click the name) Facebook page!
Events last Saturday in Charlottesville and this week in Richmond have shone a light on long-buried wounds many citizens have felt. There can be no doubt that any pretense to racial or ethnic superiority over people of other groups is a sin against God, who created all human beings in his image (Genesis 1:26). When Paul tells us that “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us,” (Ephesians 2:13-14) he is talking not only about the division between Jews and Gentiles, but divisions between every ethnic and racial group. Christ has rendered these merely human categories absolutely null and completely void. God’s eternal will is for people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” to stand worshiping around his throne. (Revelation 7:9)