Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church
The time after Pentecost is ordinary time, which some may think of as time when nothing special is happening. That’s not what the Church means. Ordinary time, from the Latin “ordinalis,” means numbered time. So… we celebrate each Sunday as a little Easter, and each Sunday is numbered (x Sunday after Pentecost).
Unless we celebrate a saint’s day or a lesser feast (none of these this summer), the color on the altar parament and the pastors’ vestments is green. Just as most of ordinary time occurs during the growing season, so we focus in this time on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians are simultaneously saints and sinners. Until we draw our last breath, we still have to fight against our self-centered nature that was buried with Christ in Holy Baptism. Set apart by God there to be His saints, we live as His people in all of our relationships. As we listen to New Testament readings (epistles) this fall, we will hear what God wants and does not want to do in daily life and work with His people.
Please join with us in corporate worship if you are well and not in fragile health… or worship with us on YouTube Live during these days of the coronavirus each Saturday at 6 p.m., each Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m., each Monday at 6 p.m. for Evening Prayer, and each Wednesday at 12 noon for the Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer. We also ask you to subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1n7DcvSmSFXYO51dWbdykw
Before online worship, please access our service bulletins at www.stmatthewsch.org/bulletin/. As long as the need remains, we will continue to offer drive-through reception of Holy Communion after each Eucharist.
Despite the coronavirus and all the fears and limitations associated with it, we will continue joyfully to celebrate through Word and Sacraments the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. Please know we have been extremely careful and have had no problems with corporate worship. Wear a mask to and from the building, use hand sanitizer by each door, and be sure to observe social distancing. Every other pew is closed. Blue tape marks on the floor are spaced about every seven feet in the nave.
If you are hungering and thirsting to grow deeper into God’s Word and indeed, if you are baptized, to receive God’s Word at His Table, then we invite you to worship in person, as you are able, or online with us at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Wilmington. And…may you indeed grow deeper as the Holy Trinity gets His eternal life and love into you!
Thanks for stopping by!
Pastor Sam Zumwalt+
St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
612 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 & 11:00
Monday 6:00 PM