Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among (tabernacled) among us full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14).

Already when God began to create, the Word was with God and was God. We call Him, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. When He became incarnate (conceived) in the Virgin Mary’s womb, the Word became flesh. Matter is not evil. The Father made everything good through the Word. The Holy Spirit was eternally present and temporally present when God began to create. The Christian story is not that matter is evil. The Christian story is not that flesh is evil, for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the Word made flesh. The Christian story is not the evil is as powerful as God. No, evil is rebellion against God, who is the definition of Goodness and Mercy.

Throughout the world, Pascha (Passover) is the proper name for the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the new Passover Lamb of God  that takes away the sins of the world. This “Queen of Seasons” is celebrated for seven weeks and concludes with the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of Christ’s Church, on May 23. In his first epistle, Paul writes to the Corinthians: “… For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7b-8). With the faithful throughout the world, we shout: “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

The Holy Trinity is not one among many gods, not a manufactured Middle Eastern deity like those unearthed by archaeologists. He is the One eternal God, a community of persons within Himself, with no beginning and no ending. That God, the Maker and Owner of the heavens and the earth, is the One to whom all history is proceeding. At the end of time as we know it, every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is LORD to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

If you know and love this God, we invite you to worship with us in person or online. If you have been away from Church for a long time, we invite you to come home. If you are curious and your heart and mind are open, we invite you to come and see. If you are indifferent or even hostile, we invite you, nevertheless, to leave your heart and mind open enough to worship online with us if not in person.

With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we exclaim: “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the Highest!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+
szumwalt@bellsouth.net

Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

Wednesday 12 Noon

WE HAVE RESUMED CORPORATE WORSHIP WHILE MAINTAINING GREAT CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS!

For those who are well and not in fragile health, please wear a mask around others especially upon entering and exiting worship and when moving around in the nave. Please use the hand sanitizer available inside the door, both upon entering and when leaving. Please observe a social distance of at least six feet between yourself and others who are not part of your household. Every other row of pews or chairs has been marked as unavailable for seating. Please keep at least six feet between yourself and those not of your own household.

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. Drive through Holy Communion may be received about 7 p.m. on Saturday; about 9:30 and Noon on Sunday; and about 12:40 pm on Wednesdays. To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1n7DcvSmSFXYO51dWbdykw

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to celebrate with us on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Pastor Samuel Zumwalt, STS, preaches “The Word of God: Our Confidence” based on 1 John 5:9-15. From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday: “This Joyful Eastertide” (Entrance); “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (Hymn of the Day); “Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise” (Saturday Recessional) and “Christ is Risen! Alleluia!” (Sunday Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “One Bread, One Body”, “Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise,” and “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won!” The color of the day is white for the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Special music includes: “Diademata’” (McDonald) is Bill Glisson’s organ prelude; “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Manz) is Bill’s Saturday offering; “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Christopher) is the Adult Choir offering anthem at 8:30 a.m.; Bill Glisson and Jan Betts play “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (Smith) for the 11 a.m. offering anthem; “This Joyful Eastertide’” (Kosche) is Bill’s postlude.

We celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 13, at 12 noon and 7 p.m.

Sara Schneider and Sheila Whitmeyer have reopened the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email: lshp4561@yahoo.com

For online worshipers, be sure to download the bulletinhttps://stmatthewsch.org/bulletin/

For those continuing to worship online and driving through for distribution, please follow enter the circular driveway in reverse order (clockwise). The pastor(s) will be wearing gloves, masks, and glasses. After the pastor dips the host into the chalice, please receive the Body and Blood of Christ in your flattened palm. If you are unable to receive the Blood of Christ due to the alcohol content, please let the pastors know you wish only to receive the host. If you wish to take home communion to your family, please bring a baggie to receive the hosts. If you wish to leave an offering as you drive through, a locked box is available to receive gifts.

New Portals of Prayer devotions booklets for January – March 2021 and retired copies of the Lutheran Book of Worship are still available to take home. These may be found on a table in the narthex.

Mr. Bill Glisson and Mrs. Jan Betts will lead from the organ and piano. Streaming of online services begins about 4 minutes before the advertised 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

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

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