Welcome to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pampa, Texas! We are delighted that you stopped by our site. We hope that your visit to our site will not only be a helpful resource of information but that it will also be a source of encouragement and inspiration as you explore our online resources and sample our audio clips of live worship music recorded each week at our 10:30 AM service.
Experience the beauty of the congregation of St. Matthew's in worship as you listen to the excerpts of music available in "The Sounds of St. Matthew's" section. And then experience the beauty of worship first hand by attending one of our Sunday morning worship services at 8:00 AM (no music or choir at early service) or 10:30 AM.
Whilewaiting the other day for our internet service to be restored, I picked up a book that I had purchased while attending a seminar at the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral about ten years ago. Esther de Waal was in residence at the College at that time and had just published Lost in Wonder, Rediscovering the Spiri-tual Art of Attentiveness.
In the last chapter she writes about our human tendency to look at but not really see things. We do not pay attention to our surroundings. We often miss God’s “hand at work in the world about us”. De Waal says that religion is not about “do this!” or “don’t do that!” It’s about “look and wonder! Learn to be attentive to the world around you.”
One of my favorite prayers in the BCP is in the Baptismal service (p308). After the person has been baptized the priest prays that that God will grant him/her “an in-quiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.”
As we continue to rejoice in this season of Easter and make our way to the wind and flame of Pentecost, I will offer you the challenge not just to look but to SEE. “It is all part of that fullness of life that a generous God would wish for all of us.”