Christmas

 

We hope you will join us for worship this Christmas!

 

Walled Lake Campus

  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
    • Prayer & Praise Family Services at 1pm & 3pm (family-friendly Christmas message with children participants & Praise Band in our Gym)
    • Candlelight Services in our Sanctuary at 3:30 (handbells & organ), 5:30 (strings & choir), 7:30 (strings) & 10:30pm* (harp, organ & choir)
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
    • Festival Service in our Sanctuary at 11am* (organ, piano, choir & electric bass)

Wixom Campus

  • December 16 - Family Service at 10am
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7pm* (candlelight worship with New Vintage Praise Band)

*Communion Services

How does St. Matthew celebrate Christmas?

We offer Family Services and Candlelight Services at both our Walled Lake and Wixom campuses. Anyone is welcome at any of our services! You do not need to have children to come to our Family Services, and children are, of course, welcome at our Candlelight worship. Come dressed as you are comfortable, whether in your fanciest Christmas dresses and suits or in jeans. You will see many types and styles of dress at all of our worship services, on Christmas and during the rest of the year. The most important part of worship is just that you are worshiping!

Our Family Services are in the gym at our Walled Lake Campus and in the multi-purpose room at our Wixom Campus, and offer a kid-friendly message and more contemporary music.

Our Candlelight Services at both campuses are more traditional, and offer a blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Do you have questions regarding our Christmas worship or our regular worship at St. Matthew? Please call the church office at 248-624-7676, or send an email to churchoffice@st-matthew.org

Special Worship and Event Opportunities During the Season of Advent

We offer special worship and other event opportunities during the season of Advent, as we anticipate the coming Savior! Our focus for this year is on the First Christmas Prayers. Please join us as we are Praying & Waiting!

  • Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm - Advent Worship at our Walled Lake Campus
  • Thursday, December 6 at 7pm - Hearts & Hands Child Development Center Christmas Program at our Wixom Campus
  • Sunday, December 9 at 10:15am - Christmas Caroling leaving from our Wixom Campus
  • Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm - Advent Worship at our Walled Lake Campus
  • Friday, December 14 at 6:30pm - Preschool and Kindergarten Christmas Program in the Walled Lake Campus gym
  • Sunday, December 16 at 10am - Family Christmas Service at our Wixom Campus
  • Sunday, December 16 at 4:30pm - International Christmas Program at our Walled Lake Campus
  • Wednesday, December 19 at 9:30am and 7pm at our Walled Lake Campus - School Christmas Program - Everyone is Welcome!

Advent Devotion Booklets are Available at Both Campuses

Lutheran Hour Ministries provides Advent Devotions, entitled "The Coming King", available online, by email, and for download. Hard copies of booklets are available at the Welcome Centers of both campuses or you may download it PDF iconHERE.

See www.lhm.org/advent for more information.

Details Regarding St. Matthew's Communion Policy

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.

Next Steps

On January 6 we hold our "Exploring Christianity" class, from 4-7pm at our Walled Lake Campus. See more information and register HERE.

Interested in becoming a member of St. Matthew? Also on January 6, our New Member Classes begin with "Life Basics". To register for or to find out  more about this 4 session class series, click HERE.