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

St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

What makes a church for you? Is it a sense of family? Is it the charisma of the pastor? Is it the style of music or the competency of the musicians? Is it the buzz that comes with being part of a crowd like you? Or is it something else?

St. Luke defines the original Church after its birth on Pentecost Sunday with these words: “They continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Notice what makes a church part of the true Church. Not a sense of family, not a charismatic pastor, not music or musicians, not anything other than the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers!

The season of Lent, a forty-day season (not counting Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Lent, which means “spring”, is a time f prepare the unbaptized for Holy Baptism at the Easter Vigil on the Saturday night before Easter (April 20), and it’s a time for the baptized to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the heart of the Christian faith, the death and resurrection of God’s incarnate Son Jesus.

Lent is derived from the forty-day fast that God’s Son Jesus observed in the wilderness where he successfully resisted the devil’s tempting. Most Christians observe Lent as a time for prayer and fasting, a time of letting go of favorite sins in order to be filled with Scripture and teaching.

Whether you are baptized or not, we invite you to keep a holy Lent with us, a season set apart for greater closeness with the Lord of the Church, who feeds every worshiper with the Word of God and feeds the penitent baptized with His true Body and most precious Blood (the breaking of the bread at the heart of the Church’s life together).

I also invite you to read daily stories in my Lenten Devotions about some unsung saints, now with the Lord, who shaped my faith and life.

Thanks for stopping by!


Pastor Sam Zumwalt+


Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

We welcome you to worship with us on the Third Sunday in Lent, March 23-24, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “Joyful Service: In the Fertilizing” (Luke 13:1-9). Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. A nursery is available all Sunday morning. The color of the day is purple. A nursery is available all Sunday morning. For the next few months, Bill Glisson will be playing an Allen digital organ with speakers until Austin Organ Company delivers and installs our new three-manual digital console and new division and the pipes voiced to the room. Several of the existing ranks of pipes are being reconfigured to accommodate the addition of a new division. The completed organ, which will include three digital stops, will be 47 ranks. Bill Glisson leads the singing of powerful hymns on Saturday at 6 pm and on Sunday at 11 am: “Rock of Ages” (Saturday Entrance); “Chief of Sinners Though I Be” (Sunday Entrance); “Jesus, Lead Thou On” (Hymn of the Day); “O Living Bread from Heaven” (Saturday Recessional); “God Moves in A Mysterious Way” (Sunday Recessional). Our distribution hymns at 11 a.m. on Sunday include: “Rock of Ages” and “O Living Bread from Heaven.” The Adult Choir assists in leading the 11 a.m. Eucharist. Bill Glisson plays “Jesus, Lead Thou On” (J.S. Bach) for the Saturday and 11 a.m. prelude. For the Saturday offering, Bill plays “Voluntary” (J.S. Bach). On Sunday, Jan Betts and Suzanne Whitmarsh sing “Wondrous Love” (Walters) at the 11 a.m. offering. Bill plays “Praeludium in A Minor” (J.S. Bach) for the postlude at the Saturday and 11 a.m. Eucharists. Joyful Noise leads the 8:30 a.m. Chicago Folk Eucharist. Hymns and spiritual songs include: “Change My Heart, O God”; “Amazing Grace”; “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”; “Jesus Is A Rock in a Weary Land.” You are invited to join us for Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m. You are invited to midweek Lenten services each Wednesday at noon (Holy Eucharist) and 7 p.m. (LBW Sung Evening Prayer). Pastor Zumwalt provides the homily, “Holy Baptism,” on March 20.

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

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Pastor’s Blog: The Mob

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