St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church – A Discipleship Center, Wilmington, NC


[In Latin, the Father is God, the Son is God, the Spirit is God, the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father. Around the outside, Sanctus (Holy, Holy,Holy).]

Dear Visitor,

2017 is a banner year at St. Matthew’s. The Lutheran Reformation of the Church began 500 years ago, and St. Matthew’s was founded 125 years ago as the first Lutheran congregation in Wilmington to worship in English.

St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish, which means we are “evangelical” by being committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “catholic” by being rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints. When you worship with us, you experience a vibrant Christianity that would be recognizable to the previous centuries of Christians. We are biblical, creedal, and sacramental!

Why is this so? St. Luke’s description of the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2 begins with Holy Baptism in response to the preaching of the Gospel.  He says of Christ’s Church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  Biblical, creedal, and sacramental worship continues today the Great Tradition built upon Christ the Cornerstone and the foundation of His apostles.

PRAISE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST! We invite you to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity on the weekend of June 10-11, 2017. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches “God’s Proper Work: Always There for You!” (Matthew 28:16-20). Bill Glisson leads from the console of our 25 rank Austin organ with trompette en chamade at all three Eucharists. Angela Daughtry and the Adult Choir will assist in leading the 8:30 & 11 a.m. Eucharists. Five pastors will serve the people of God at the 11 a.m. Eucharist.

On Sunday, two Lutheran chorale hymns will replace the Kyrie and Hymn of Praise: “Your Heart is Grieved” and “All Glory Be to God on High.”

Hymns for worship include: “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Entrance). “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (Hymn of the Day). “Come, Thou Almighty King” (Saturday recessional); “We Praise You and Acknowledge You” (Sunday recessional). Sunday distribution hymns include:”Glory Be to God the Father” and “Father, Most Holy.”

Discover the Lutheran difference this week. At St. Matthew’s, when it says Lutheran on the sign, you can actually count on scriptural, creedal, and sacramental worship week after week. Please find your way often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and joy,

Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS

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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week

Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)

Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday at 5:00 pm (High School) .

Music Practice Schedule:

12:15 pm Sunday — Luther Choir (age 4-5th grade, August 30)

6:30 pm Tuesday* — Joyful Noise Ensemble (*before 2nd and 4th Sundays)

6:00-6:45pm Wednesday — Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)

7:00-8:30pm Wednesday — Adult Choir