eBulletin — Sunday, July 2, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Special concert July 3
  • Summer at St. Matthew’s
  • SummerSounds@Barrington concert series
  • If you missed Sunday
  • In the Community


St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tuesdays                     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 pm

Mon. July 3                 North American Brass Band concert, 7:30 pm

Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service

Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service

Special concert July 3

Come to St. Matthew’s on Monday, July 3 at 7:30 pm for a benefit concert with the North American Brass Band, featuring Wayne Rogers. Freewill offering, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s.

Summer at St. Matthew’s

Pick-Up Choir — During the summer months the St. Matthew’s Choir provides musical leadership on a casual basis – no gowns, rehearsal only on Sunday morning, and no membership required! If you would like to join the choir members on Sundays, just show up at 9:45 am to prepare the hymns and service music.

Accessible Fellowship Time — After church the congregation is remaining in the church sanctuary for Fellowship Time, as decided at the June Congregational Meeting, in order to ensure accessibility for all. It will not be perfect. However, the Elders and Stewards will oversee some renovations, including the installation of a small kitchenette in a corner of the minister’s office and possibly the removal of a few north-front pews, to provide more space and make the process smoother.

Church Summer Office Hours — Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon.

Open for Visitors —St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays, thanks to Tom Fraser, our Church Guide, who is pleased to share the long history (268 years) of our congregation in Halifax. If you are hosting guests from out-of-town, bring them to see the church and you might also hear student organist Matthew Fraser practising.

SummerSounds@ Barrington concert series

Lunchtime concerts are held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. There is no admission but you are encouraged to make a donation of at least $5 to help cover expenses.

July 4               Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Dean Bradshaw, piano

July 11             Baroque “N Fiddle String Quartet

July 18             Thistle Scottish Country Dancers

July 25             Lorna MacDonald, soprano; Peter MacDonald, piano

Aug. 1              Marcel d’Entremont, tenor; Edward Enman, piano

Aug. 8              Margaret Champion, soprano; Scott Taylor, piano

Aug. 15            Jigs Start Here

Aug. 22            Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, piano/organ

Aug. 29            Second Chances Jazz Band

If you missed Sunday …

Prelude     Largo from Xerxes     G.F. Handel

Reading     Genesis 22: 1-14


– O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

– Great is Thy Faithfulness

– God Who Gives to Life its Goodness

Sermon     God Sees. God Provides.  (preacher Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis)

Choral Anthem     Lead Me, Lord       Samuel Wesley

Postlude     Trumpet Tune in C Major                        David N. Johnson

Thanks to guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis, presider, Terry Hurrell, student organist, Matthew Fraser, and the summer choir for their leadership in this morning’s service.

In the Community

Brides’ Day Revisited – Sat. July 8 in the Halifax Public Gardens, from 1–4 pm (rain date July 29). Were your wedding photos taken in the Public Gardens? If so, we invite you to a reunion of Brides. Put on your wedding dress (fun, but not required) and come to the Gardens to take another picture while enjoying music, tea and cake. Let us know you are coming by replying to bridesdayjuly8@gmail.com or at Horticultural Hall with your name, email address, phone number and the date you were married. Registration deadline June 30.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton St, near the Just Us! Coffee location on Spring Garden Road. Anyone is welcome on a drop-in basis; there is no need to sign up. Sessions are peer-led, with counsellors present to help guide discussion as the participants desire. If you are interested in a bereavement support group but cannot attend on Saturday mornings, call the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at 902-446-0929.

Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. ColumbaEver wonder what a pilgrimage is all about? Need to recharge by unplugging? Need to give your life a spiritual and physical shake-up? Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation? The Atlantic School of Theology is planning a summer pilgrimage – full details and registration information are available at www.astheology.ns.ca.home.events/camino-ns.html

July 3-8 – North Shore (Pictou to Pugwash)

July 10-15 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 24-29 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)



Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent

Melville Heights Service – First Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

Choirs Practice on Thursdays – On Holiday

Daytime Bible Study  –On Holiday

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – On Holiday

Lunch Bunch Choir – On Holiday


Administrative Stuff

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca or  (902) 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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