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St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is the beginning of another liturgical year of God’s grace. As the days grow shorter until the winter solstice, the darkness deepens around us. Advent is derived from the Latin word for “coming,” and it refers to the coming of God’s Son Jesus, the Light of the World, the Light whom the darkness of sin, death, and evil can never overcome.

Each week in Advent we light another candle on the Advent wreath until all four candles are burning. We count down the days until we celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. So, then, as the darkness is deepening, the Light of Christ is growing brighter. Our congregation adds Evening Prayer (sung LBW Vespers) services at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 11, and 18. We cast our prayers and praises, all our hoping in Christ Jesus, against the primeval darkness that can never win.

Just as one doesn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to dear ones before the actual day, so Christ’s Church does not sing Christmas carols in Advent. The secular world around us may do its best to commercialize and debunk the coming of the Light of the World. But Advent, like the time of pregnancy, is a time for waiting, hoping, and preparing. Oh, how our world of instant gratification needs to learn to wait!

We invite you to prepare carefully and prayerfully with us for the joyful celebration of Christ Mass. Take your time. Count down the days slowly. Deny your will to self-gratification. Turn down the noise.

We are a congregation that values the lives and witness of the generations of Christians who have gone before us. Week after week, we do and say what those who have followed Jesus have said and done in worship for 2,000 years. The worship is beautiful, rich in imagery, and definitely not about the pastors, the musicians, or the people. It’s still about God’s Son Jesus and what He has done and promises to do! We invite you to walk through the glass doors parallel to South College Road across from UNCW.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+

Unsung Saints

We invite you to prepare carefully and prayerfully by reading Pastor Sam's Advent Devotions.

Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

Wednesday 12 Noon

We welcome you to worship with us on the First Sunday in Advent, November 30-December 1, 2019. Pastor Robert Kuppler preaches: “Light of the World: Living in the Light” (Matthew 24:36-44). A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the day is blue.

Joyous hymns for the First Sunday in Advent include: “The Advent of our God” (Entrance Hymn); “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” (Hymn of the Day); “Come, O Precious Ransom, Come” (Recessional Hymn). Our distribution hymns for Sunday include: “Once He Came in Blessing” and “Jerusalem, My Happy Home.”

There are no Sunday School classes on the weekend of December 1.

Worshipers are urged to arrive early for services in order to read through the lessons, particularly the Gospel lesson, prior to worship. Baptized Christians are urged, then, to prepare prayerfully by calling to mind their sins before God before receiving the true Body and most precious Blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins.


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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Midweek Advent Services

December 1, 2019

Wednesday, December 4 12 noon Spoken Eucharist 7 p.m. Sung LBW Evening Prayer  

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