eBulletin — Sunday, July 9, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • 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

Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service

Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service


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.

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     Prière à Notre Dame (Suite Gothique)              Léon Boëllmann

Reading     Matthew 11: 16-19; 25-30


– Sing Praises to God

– Come, Let Us to the God of Love

– Will Your Anchor Hold?

Sermon     Courageous Optimism  (preacher April Hennigar)

Choral Anthem     Great Peace Have They     Jean Baptiste Lully

Postlude     Toccata (Suite Gothique)  Léon Boëllmann

Thanks to guest preacher, April Henniger; presider, Terry Hurrell; and the summer choir for their leadership in last Sunday’s service.

In the Community

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 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 2:30 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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