Dear Visitor,

The Sundays after Pentecost are not a season but are called ordinary time, from the Latin “ordinalis” meaning “numbered.” The first Sunday after Pentecost is the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the sixth and final major feast day on the Lutheran liturgical calendar for which the color is white signifying God’s purity and the joy of His eternal life and love. Thereafter, the Sundays are “The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost,” et cetera, and the color on paraments and vestments is green signifying Christ’s Church on earth growing in the grace and knowledge of her Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit.

Continuing with the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, June 2, our yearlong preaching focus is on Holy Keys, Martin Luther’s fourth of seven marks of the Church. From the birth of the Church on Pentecost Sunday, the first Christians kept on repenting after Baptism into Jesus’ saving death and glorious resurrection (Acts 2:38) and “continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). We learned with Cleopas and friend on Easter night (Luke 24:13 ff.) to read the Old Testament through God’s Son Jesus and that we would know His continuing presence in the breaking of the bread. While originally the Lord’s Supper took place within the context of a meal, by the end of the first century AD, the Church was worshiping on Sunday and sharing the Host and Cup.

To gather with the Lord Jesus, who is truly present in the Word and Sacraments, is the precise meaning of “ekklesia” (the called out ones), in English translated “church” (or assembly). To be faithfully the Church we continue to gather week after week in person for the apostles’ teaching and fellowship (biblical preaching), the breaking of the bread (Lord’s Supper), and the prayers (the ordered worship inherited from the Jerusalem Temple). For those unable to be present with us either on account of frailty or distance, we broadcast all our services online each week on our YouTube channel.

As always, we are delighted to welcome summer visitors to our beautiful beaches and to join with St. Matthew’s church in praise and adoration of the Blessed Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+

ABOUT OUR AFFILIATION: Out of faithfulness to the Lord and the Scriptures, creeds, and confessions of the Lutheran church, we voted on March 3, 2024 by 100% to disaffiliate from the ELCA ( and by 97% to join the AALC ( As a former congregation of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), we are required to receive peaceful release by the North Carolina Synod Council of the ELCA. They have refused to do so on three occasions despite our having followed the constitutional process precisely and definitively. By clicking on the links below, you may read the denial from Synod Vice President Diana Haywood and the response of our President Dusty Pilcher.

VP Haywood Denial Letter

Click to Read the Response Letter

At its May 2, 2024 meeting, the St. Matthew’s Congregation Council voted unanimously to call the first meeting of the fourth round of the disaffiliation process for Sunday, August 25, 2024, at 1 p.m. in the McSwain Activity Center. St. Matthew’s will take its first vote (for the fourth time) to declare its intent to disaffiliate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Here we stand. We cannot do otherwise. God help us!

Thanks for dropping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+

Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

Wednesday 12 Noon

THE GREEK WORD FOR CHURCH, “EKKLESIA,” means the ones “called out” of their homes to assemble with the Lord for the apostles teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (Acts 2:42). We urge you to join us in person for worship!

If you can’t worship with us in person, be sure to worship with us on YouTube Live this Saturday @ 6pm; Sunday @ 8:30 and 11am; Monday @6pm; Wednesday @Noon. To access our YouTube channel, please CLICK HERE

We invite you in Jesus’ name to worship with us as we celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, on June 2, 2024. The Rev’d. Fr. Samuel David Zumwalt, STS, preaches, “Holy Keys: Holy Day” (Deuteronomy 5:12-15). The color of the day is green, which signifies growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. This Sunday, we begin using the summer liturgy for our traditional services.

From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson, Director of Music, leads the singing of joyous hymns on the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost: “To God Be the Glory” (Entrance); “O Day of Rest and Gladness” (Hymn of the Day); “Now Thank We All Our God” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”; “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus”; “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine.”

Special music for 2nd Sunday of Pentecost: Bill Glisson’s prelude: “To God Be the Glory” (Broughton). Mr. Bill plays at the offering: “Concerto” (Fey). Bill’s postlude is “Fantasia on ‘NUN DANKET” (Cruger).

Did you know that you can give online to St. Matthew’s by Clicking Here? 

Sheila Whitmeyer oversees the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email:

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Live broadcast of each worship service begins several minutes before the posted worship time.

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

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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
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