St Matthias Online Worship – April 18, 2021

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

We invite you to join us online for worship on this Third Sunday after Easter as we see the joy that the disciples have in having the risen Christ among them — along with their doubts and disbeliefs. But Jesus, sensing their questions, reveals his physical presence to them by eating with them in their midst.

Online Worship – We will have online worship this Sunday, April 18, because of the rainy weather that prohibits us from gathering outdoors.

Worship will be available Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m. by clicking on one of the following links:

(71) St Matthias Lutheran Church Carlisle PA – YouTube

(Please click on the video for April 18)

​​(20+) St Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church | Facebook

(The video link will be at the top of the page – You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the worship service)

Until we resume in-person worship, we invite you to worship together with us each Sunday morning at 9 a.m., or you may watch the worship service later at your convenience.

We invite you to follow along with our online worship using the bulletin and Celebrate inserts that are part of your “at-home” worship packet. You may also follow along with the words that are printed on the screen. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email me at

In-Person Worship – Church council met last Sunday to discuss plans for re-gathering in person. As April is typically a rainy and chilly month, we decided to resume in-person outdoor worship — just as we had last summer and this year for Easter — beginning Sunday, May 2. In the event that inclement weather will keep us from gathering, we will post a message on the church voice mail (717-245-2475) beginning at 6p.m. Saturday and will send an email blast out in the event that worship will not be held in-person because of weather.

Vaccines – As more people in our community are getting vaccines, the numbers have been trending downward and we hope to see you in person soon. As of this past week, all people over the age of 16 are now eligible for the vaccine — If you haven’t yet received one, a list of available sites is located online at COVID-19 Vaccine ( – you may search by county or location nearest to you.


Dear Friends,
Sincere thanks from Donald Spahr’s family to Vicar Marty Jo for preparing and officiating the funeral service for our beloved husband/father/and brother. Special thanks also for the cards and expressions of sympathy we received. Although our church is very small in number, we are truly blessed to have such a caring and thoughtful congregation.
Sincerely ,Joanne Spahr, Michael Spahr, Treva Myers

Online Giving to St. Matthias – Although we aren’t gathering in person, bills to maintain our ministry and our building still continue. We are grateful for your continued offerings of time, talent, and treasure.

We have set up a secure online giving tool (endorsed by the ELCA and used by more than 4,000 churches) through Tithely. You may give online by clicking on the link below — and you may also use the site to set up recurring giving, where your gift will be automatically deducted on a day of your choosing. There’s also a green DONATE button at the bottom of this bulletin (and at the bottom of our website) that you nay click on to make a gift. If you have any questions on how to use this service, please let me know. THANK YOU for your continued support of St. Matthias and its ministry.

Prayer List – All those affected by Covid-19, all affected by gun violence in our nation, Christian M. (Marines) and all military service personnel, Joanne Spahr, Jacques, Pam, Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, Sally, George, Arleen, Greg, Charles, Carol, Darryl, Billie, Wayne and family, Pat Hummel, Troy Snyder, Lisa Myers, family and friends of Donald Spahr, and all who ask for the Lord’s healing and mercy.

As we continue throughout this season of Easter, it’s a time for us to think about what the resurrection means in our lives — how can we share that Good News with others in the coming week?

May peace and love be with you!

Vicar MJ

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