Worship with Us  Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 AM  Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday 12 Noon

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

" Proclaiming Christ Crucified "

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The time after Pentecost is traditionally known as ordinary (literally, “numbered”) time. The Sundays after the Epiphany of our Lord and the Sundays after Pentecost each have a number (Lectionary 1, etc.). Green, the color of growth, is the color of this time and reflects the growth of Christ’s Church on earth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The gospel readings for this non-festival time of the year are filled with the Lord Jesus’ teaching both in Word and deed…that we may grow in Him having been made His disciples by our Baptism into His death and resurrection.

Whether you are new to the area, on vacation at the beach, or using summer to check out other churches, we invite you to worship with us on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m., for a conversational Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m., or, beginning in June, at noon on Wednesdays for a spoken Eucharist with healing prayer. With the exception of Monday evenings, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at all our services.

The Christian life is always lived in a community. How can Christ’s members be active, growing, and fruit-bearing without remaining connected to the Head through the Word and Sacraments? The ancient Gnostic heresy was built on a spiritual, disembodied theology and worship. When one listens to many Christians whose sense of Church history is hardly more than right now, their kinship to Gnosticism is very near. In union with the Great Tradition of Christianity, we continue, as Luke described the new Church in Acts, in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (2:42). Our worship is always biblical, creedal, sacramental, and liturgical. Come and see!

Adoring the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Pastor Samuel David Zumwalt, STS

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on Sunday, June 24, the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS, preaches: “Church, Proclaim: Christ the Promise” (Luke 1:57-80).

From the console of our 25 rank Austin organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the congregation in the singing of joyous hymns on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday. Hymns include: “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry”; “Sing Praise to the God of Israel” (Hymn of the Day); “How Firm A Foundation” (Recessional); and Distribution hymns at 11: “When All the World Was Cursed” and “Blest Be the God of Israel.” Trumpeters Bill Palmer and Terry Miller provide special music.

The Joyful Noise ensemble leads the congregation in the Chicago Folk Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, and in a blend of newer and older hymns and spiritual songs.

The Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer is now celebrated on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the nave.

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
612 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 791-4582

Worship Services

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday  8:30 & 11:00

Monday 6:00 PM

We Are a Discipleship Center

We encourage each other to:

PRAY daily

“To be a Christian without Prayer is no more possible than to be Alive without breathing.”   - Martin Luther

View Daily Prayers

WORSHIP weekly

"To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer."   - Martin Luther

Worship Services & Sermon Transcripts

READ the Bible

“The Bible is Alive, It speaks to me; It has feet, It runs after me; It has hands, It lays hold of me”  - Martin Luther

Today's Bible Verses

SERVE at and beyond St. Matthew’s

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” - Martin Luther

Service Opportunities

Be in Relationship to encourage spiritual growth in others

"If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself." -  Martin Luther

Growth Opportunities

GIVE of my time, talents and resources

“I have held many things in my hand, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess.”– Martin Luther

Giving Opportunities
St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt

Pastor Sam's Blog

Read Pastor Sam's blog for current news and inspiring articles

Pastor’s Blog: We Will Talk Face to Face

June 5, 2018

This past Saturday’s 2nd reading from 3 John in the daily lectionary has an especially good word for our social media saturated time: “I had much to write to you,…

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Funeral of Bill French on Saturday, 5/26, 2pm

May 23, 2018

William M. (Bill) French, Jr. August 8, 1926 – May 18, 2018 William M. (Bill) French, Jr. passed away on May 18, 2018, in Wilmington, NC, after a lengthy illness.…

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Pastor’s Blog: The Old Adam and the Old Eve

May 20, 2018

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us…

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What’s In A Name?

April 4, 2018

He was Michael, and then he was Martin Luther, who was Luder and then chose Luther. Why Luther? Speak a “D” and you have what linguists call a “stop.” Speak…

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