Welcome to St. Mathew's Lutheran Church
Savior, Scripture, Sacraments
We celebrate Divine Service each Sunday. We gather together at the call of God to receive the gifts that He so graciously wishes to pour out on us. It is His Service to us. In each element of the service, every tradition, and every ceremony confesses the promises of grace found in God's Word. As we gather together in fellowship in our small congregation here on the south shore of Kauai, we know that believers around the world are celebrating with us, receiving Holy Communion, using the same traditions, and praying many of the same prayers.
What makes St. Matthews unique is our conversion story. St. Mathews began as a small group of families that came to the Lutheran faith from a wide range of Christian backgrounds. Every adult member converted to Lutheranism with a desire for a more traditional worship, having a deep respect for God's Law and a great appreciation for the Good News of His Grace. For most of us there was much study and personal searching to find a church that focused on what God does for us, and the Grace God offers us to allow us to serve Him more fully.
We are a mission endeavor of the California/Nevada/Hawaii district of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Our overseeing church is Trinity Lutheran Church in Wahiawa. The word synod means "walking together," and that is what we desire to do - walk together with other churches in what we believe (doctrine) and the way we do things (practice). In a synod, individual congregations link themselves together to the other congregations through a common confession of faith and life.
We trace our faith back to the very beginning when God created the heavens and earth and first fellowshiped with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. From the first promise of a Savior in Genesis 3:15 to the Word becoming flesh in Luke 2 - we have known that God loved us. And Jesus ' sacrifice on the cross in John 19 and His resurrection in Matthew 27 confirms both our hope and our future. We are the people of God - gathered together in worship and sent forth to serve.
We celebrate Holy Communion each Sunday with the biblical conviction that the body and blood of Christ are truly present with the bread and wine. We rejoice in this mystery, where our gracious Lord gives the gift of the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation by giving Himself to all baptized persons who in faith receive Him in the sacrament.
If you want to know what we believe, teach, and confess the about God and His Word, you may refer to our confessions contained in the Book of Concord, especially the Small Catechism (the word catechism means 'to echo back' speaking of the nature of learning the truths of God through repetition) which teaches the biblical doctrines of Baptism, Communion, the Lord's Prayer, the Apostle's Creed, Confession and Absolution and the Ten Commandments. http://bookofconcord.org/whatisalutheran.php
We Welcome YOU to join us for worship!
This is a gathering of lowly sinners before a loving and forgiving God. We have each had the pleasure of bowing our heads before our Lord, and felt the refreshing blessing of His Grace in Absolution, Word and Sacrament. We hope that we can share this blessing with you and enjoy each others fellowship here on earth; and then as we are promised, a deep abiding fellowship for eternity in Heaven.
It would be our joy to meet you and celebrate God's Grace with you.
We would like to encourage those who could use a prayer right now, and especially hope that if you have questions, doubts, or fears, that you will take this opportunity to hear more about God's Good News and the love that he has for His people.
We offer a special welcome to those of you who are visiting Kauai, and look forward to introducing you to our church family. As Christian brothers and sisters, it is a joy to meet more of the family! We will be blessed to have you worship with us.
We welcome you if you sing like Andrea Bocelli or can't carry a note in a bucket. Maybe you are browsing, just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don't care if you are more Lutheran than Martin Luther, or haven't been to church since little Joey's baptism. You are welcome at St. Matthew's.
We extend a special welcome to you who are over 60, but not grown up yet, or just turned 10 and can't grow up fast enough. We welcome the soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted, having problems or down in the dumps. Even if you don't like "organized religion, (and yes, we've been there too) you are welcome here.
If you think the earth is flat, you work too hard, you don't work, you can't spell, or just came because grandma's in town and wanted to go to church; we are so glad you are here today.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. Tourists, regulars, seekers, doubters . . . and you!
Why is our list long? Because we want you to know that you are welcome here at St. Matthew's. This is a gathering of lowly sinners before a loving and forgiving God, and when you meet Jesus here today, it will change you.
It is good to be here!