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Pastor Finney | St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Sassamansville

Pastor Matthew Finney

Pastor Matthew Finney was unanimously installed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sassamansville on Aug. 7 as the 21st pastor. Before receiving the call at St. Paul’s, Pastor Finney served a two-point parish in Western Pennsylvania known as Holy Shepherd Lutheran Parish which was a combination of Holy Trinity Parish in Lanse and Shepherd of the Hills Parish in Karthaus.

Pastor Finney brings many gifts to St. Paul’s. He received his master of divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2010. He also has a master of science degree in 2003 from North Carolina State University and a bachelor of science degree in 2000 from Purdue University both in agricultural science.

Note From Pastor Matt

Over the next months we have important decisions to make here at St. Paul’s.  As we consider things like pursuing a ministry partnership with Christ, Niantic, repaving our parking lot, and a renewed focus on carrying out our mission, we must build our discernment and decision making on a foundation of prayer.  It is also Lent and one of the traditional practices of Lent is a renewed focus on prayer.  Fortunately, you have a good opportunity to do that with our Wednesday evening soup suppers, prayer, and Bible Study.  Our theme for those evenings is “Lord, teach us to pray: the prayers of Jesus in the Gospels”. We will be looking at how Jesus engaged in prayer throughout the stories of the gospels and looking at his example to give us new insight into prayer for our own lives.

The themes for the weeks are:

  • March 4: Jesus praying in the wilderness
  • March 11: Jesus praying on the mountaintop
  • March 18: Jesus praying in the Temple
  • March 25: Jesus praying in the Upper Room and the Garden
  • April 1: Jesus praying on the cross

When we say that prayer is the foundation we mean that everything we do as disciples and as the Body of Christ is built upon prayer.  Prayer is how we communicate with God and it is a way that God uses to change us.  As we grow deeper in prayer we begin to see the events and people in our lives differently.  We learn to see the world through God’s eyes.  This has an effect on the way we live out our lives of faith.  In prayer we do not seek to change God, but instead God uses prayer to change us and to help us walk in God’s will.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about prayer and the place of prayer in the life of a disciple of Jesus.