"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran ChurchSaint Matthew Lutheran Church     Warrens, Wisconsin


Home
Up
Worship Services
News and Notes
About Us
Calendar
Bible Study
Organizations
Youth Group
Prayer Requests
FAQ
Church Building
Confirmation
Pastor Appreciation
Former Pastors
History
Fun Stuff
Contact Information
Resources
Guest Book
Thank You
CLASSIFIEDS

 

 

 

 

Got a minute?

 

Please take a moment to sign our Guest Book.

Thank you!

 

2017 CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

 

Advent Services Begin

Sunday, December 3, 2017

9:15am

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

6:30pm


Church Decorating

Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30pm


Children's Christmas Program

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

9:15am

TOP OF PAGE


Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, December 24, 2017

9:15AM

**********************************

Christmas Eve Service

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Sunday, December 24, 2017

6:30PM

TOP OF PAGE


Christmas Day Service

Monday, December 25, 2017

9:15AM

TOP OF PAGE


Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, December 31, 2017

9:15AM

TOP OF PAGE



TOP OF PAGE


THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE

1914 - World War I: Just after midnight on Christmas morning, German and British troops on the Western Front cease firing their guns and artillery and sing Christmas carols. Crossing the No man's land, they trade gifts with the enemy forces that face them. They also played a game of football with a makeshift ball (fashioned by the Germans) This truce lasts for several days, depending on the location.

SILENT NIGHT

1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.

TOP OF PAGE


Does X-MAS Take Christ Out of Christmas?

We see the X as we would see it in the English language, such as in an equation representing an unknown quantity or as in x-rated, representing an obscene movie rating.

On the surface, it may appear that Christ is being taken out of Christmas, but is this what is really going on?

Symbols from the early church

The early Christians used the symbol of a fish when persecution was great by the Romans. This symbol was an acronym for the Greek word for fish, ichthus. Early Christians wrote this symbol on the ground when they met someone they didnít know to discover if the person was Christian. Now the ichthus is the universal symbol for Christendom.

When we see the X we think of the English letter, but in actuality it is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. Which is transliterated into our English alphabet as X. So, the X has come through the history of the church to be a shorthand symbol for the name of Christ.

The intention of the X

There is a long history of Christians using the symbol X for Christ. Just as the early Christians used the fish symbol to distinguish other Christians, so there is no disrespect intended in using the X in Xmas. X = Christos (Greek word for Christ)

-Jacquelyn Woolard, To Live is Christ
 

TOP OF PAGE


"The Twelve Days of Christmas"

The possible meaning of the well-known Christmas carol
"The Twelve Days of Christmas".

The famous song about the 12 Days of Christmas was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics in the days when it was illegal to practice or teach the Catholic Faith. It contains hidden meanings intended to help children remember lessons of faith.

There appears to be no conclusive historical evidence to prove this origin of the song. Nevertheless, the traditional association between the gifts mentioned in the song and various spiritual gifts is a fun way to turn a seemingly secular Christmas carol into a valuable learning tool. So let's have fun with it!

1 Partridge In A Pear Tree = Jesus christ
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament.
6 Geese A-Laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-Swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
8 Maids A-Milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-Leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

TOP OF PAGE



TOP OF PAGE

Connect

 

  St. Matthew Church is on Facebook!!!

   Don't forget to "LIKE" us and add us as a friend!  

Questions or comments about this website? Dead links? Incorrect information?
Send an e-mail:

This website was last updated on November 26, 2017.