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

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The women, who came to anoint the Lord Jesus’ dead body at dawn on the first day of the week, did not expect His resurrection. The apostles and all the others who had followed Jesus did not expect His resurrection. They knew then what we know now. You can resuscitate someone for a very brief interval, but when you are dead, you are dead. The Lord Jesus was dead, executed by crucifixion, a terrible form of capital punishment the Romans had adapted from the Persians.

Beat someone’s back to a pulp, nail that man’s wrists to a cross, send a spike down through two Achilles tendons, and lift up on a cross until gravity prevents the abdomen from expanding. A person suffocates in a body weakened by exsanguination (bleeding out). Finally, Jesus’ dead body was pierced with a weapon and fluid from the pericardium (the sack around the heart) flowed out with blood. He was dead.

God’s beloved Son in human flesh was the Suffering Servant about which the prophet Isaiah wrote in chapters 52-53. He took the worst that sin and the old evil one could throw at Him, and Jesus died an innocent death for your sins, my sins, and those of the whole world. It was necessary for Jesus to do this as true God and true Man in order to buy back a world enslaved by sin and the devil and bound to die.

The Father raised His beloved Son from the dead (Luke 24:1-12). He is the first Man ever to experience the resurrected life, and all those who are baptized into His death and resurrection have the promise of the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation. Do you believe that? Are you, at least, curious?

When the women came from the empty tomb with angelic tidings of great joy, that Jesus the Living One was raised just as He had told them all in advance, the eleven and all the rest did not believe it. Why? Dead men don’t rise from the dead. Of that, they were certain. But the unexpected was now upon them.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! So, please join us for the next fifty days as we celebrate the unexpected. Because Christ is risen indeed, all those crucified and raised with Him in Baptism will also!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+

Miraculous Mission Jesus Saves the World


JUNE 9 – JUNE 14

5:45 – 8 P.M.

Classes for PK3 – 5th Grade (Just completed)

Adult Bible Class with Pastor Bob Kuppler

Adult and Youth Helpers Needed (6th grade and up)

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 Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “Joyful Service: In the Overcoming” (John 16:23-33). Pastor Sam’s John class concludes with John 21 at 9:45 a.m. in Room 117. A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the Easter season is white.

A nursery is available all Sunday morning. Delivery and reinstallation of our expanded Austin pipe organ with new three-manual digital console should begin with the next week. The instrument should be fully voiced and ready to lead worship on July 6-7. A patriotic musical theme will be featured. The Fellowship Team will host a reception that Sunday.

Bill Glisson leads the singing of powerful hymns on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 am: “Glories of Your Name Are Spoken” (Entrance); “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (Hymn of the Day); “Go, My Children with My Blessing” (Saturday Recessional). Our distribution hymns for 11 a.m. Sunday include: “Wash, O God, our Sons and Daughters” and “Go, My Children, with My Blessing.” The 11 a.m. Eucharist will end with a Rogation Day procession to the Memorial Garden. We will ask God’s blessings on our fields, gardens, and give thanks for those who are with the Lord.

The Joyful Noise Ensemble assists in leading the 8:30 a.m. Chicago Folk Eucharist and sings “Behold, What Manner of Love” at the offertory. Hymns and spiritual songs for the service include: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”; “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”; and “Let Us Break Bread Together.”

The Adult Choir leads the 11 a.m. Eucharist and sings “May God Bestow On Us Grace” (Miller) at the offering. Bill Glisson plays, “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (Bouman) for the prelude on Saturday and at 11 a.m. Bill Glisson plays “Theme and Variations” (Pachelbel) for the Saturday postlude. The Saturday night offering is “Air” (Galliard).

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
St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt

Pastor Sam's Blog

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