St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 1515 Mifflin Avenue Ashland, Ohio
The Rev. Kay N. Ashby, Rector
The Rev. Kay N. Ashby, Rector
The liturgy for Ash Wednesday is calling us once again to make the journey through the desert to Jerusalem with Jesus. We do this every year but this year, 2021, will be a Lent like no other. We cannot be physically present with one another to pray, study, worship and support one another on this inward journey of dying to self so that we might embrace the new life of Easter. However, we can still support one another in prayer. We can be people of discipline and commitment to the journey and many of us can take advantage of the technologies now available to join in virtual worship, prayer and study.
I am confident that even in these difficult and unusual times when nothing seems to be "the same" that those who can make the journey will find that the one thing that never changes in Jesus will be with us and we will find new life on Easter Sunday.
The Rev. Kay N. Ashby
If you missed the annual meeting and would like to view the Rector's Report, you can see it by clicking the button below. It can also be found on St. Matthew's Facebook page by following "Videos" then "Rector's Report for St. Matthew's Annual Parish Meeting: January 24, 2021." If you would like a copy of the 2021 budget please contact Rev. Kay Ashby at 419.989.5155.
We are still in a Coronavirus pandemic. Though vaccinations have begun, they are off to a slow start so much as we deeply desire to worship in-person, it is not socially responsible to do so. For the foreseeable future, we are having online-only worship. Our Sunday worship service premiers each Sunday at 10 AM. Use the button link below to see our livestream and archived services. Please check back here for the latest information.
The video begins before the beginning of the quarantine early in 2020. It is interspersed with the taping of online services with our priest, Rev. Kay Ashby, Rev. Joe Ashby from Grace Church in Mansfield, OH, and Rev. Daniel Orr of St. Mark's in Shelby, OH. It also includes painting and cleanup around the church grounds and buildings, along with retrospective images from last Christmas and other pre-COVID events. The soundtrack, except the last song is from St. Matthew's pianist, David Crane.
During the spring and summer of COVID, St. Matthews held online services in conjunction with Grace Episcopal in Mansfield and St. Mark's Episcopal in Shelby. You can access and view these services by going to the Grace Episcopal YouTube Channel.
...is a small church in a small Ohio city, and our congregation looks a lot like our surroundings. Look more closely, though, and you will see diversity:
We drive pick-ups as well as luxury cars. We vote for Republicans and we vote for Democrats. We live in Ashland, Mansfield, Butler and "out in the woods". We are university faculty members and we never attended college. Some of us are gay, some are teachers, nurses, small business owners, retirees -- we have a fire-fighter and a couple of Sisters, and occasionally some of us are a little grumpy.
Chances are, you will fit in here..
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