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Welcome to St Matthews Anglican Church at Holland Park in Brisbane, Queensland.

St Matthews has been serving the Anglican Christian Parish of Holland Park for over 80 years. Please join us in our worship of the Lord.

Our Vision: To be a welcoming, caring community celebrating God's love.

Please join us for worship

Services

Sunday 9:00 am Sung Eucharist

Easter Service Times

Palm Sunday: 9am Holy Communion with Procession of the Palms
Maundy Thursda
y: 7pm Holy Communion with Washing of Feet
Good Friday:
9am Veneration of the Cross with distribution of Holy Communion
Easter Day
: 8am Holy Communion with Procession of the Paschal Candle

Other regular activities

Men's Breakfast. First Tuesday of every month at Mediterranean Flames, Holland Park.

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One of the remarkable spiritual guides in the history of the Christian Church was Ignatius of Loyola who lived from 1491 until 1556. He was a Spaniard and the founder of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits.

One of the pieces of advice that Ignatius has left us for gaining greater nourishment from the Bible is to put oneself in the place of one of the characters in any episode that we read and try to experience the Bible event from that person’s shoes.

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We live in a world where the notion of risk management has taken a place of great priority. No organisation is exempt from the obligation to manage identifiable risks to the health and wellbeing of individuals that use the organisation's facilities. In the last two years, the legal requirements for the Church for example have grown exponentially.

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When we get to the Preface for Lent later in the Service, it will say: "He (Jesus) was tempted in every way as we are, yet he did not sin." It strikes me that the clearest account of Jesus' experience of temptation was the one we heard this morning from Matthew's gospel. There is also an account in Luke's gospel and a passing reference in Mark's gospel.

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The reading we have heard today giving Matthew's account of the Transfiguration of Jesus is one of the more difficult texts in the gospels. It is certainly not a straightforward account of a straightforward event.

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On Sundays lately, we have been reading from chapter 5 of Matthew's Gospel. Chapter 5 is the first of three chapters in the Gospel that we lump together as the Sermon on the Mount. Last week and this week, we are reading what are called the antitheses. Antitheses are forms of teaching where Jesus uses a particular format to his way of speaking.

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