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

St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

Perhaps you consider yourself to be more spiritual than religious. That’s a slogan widely used in popular culture. By that, most people seem to mean that God stuff or organized religion is pretty much a matter of personal choice… like which apps to install and use or which ideas to keep or throw away.

The ironic thing about slogans is they imply independence of thought while often actually being more about going with the herd. When you are still trying to figure out who you are and where you want to go in life, you can be afraid of calling attention to yourself by holding to culturally unpopular beliefs.

The Christian faith doesn’t play the identity politics game. When you are baptized, you are a child of God. You know who and Whose you are. You know your life has meaning and purpose. Indeed, you know that by your gifts and talents and your relationships, God is calling you to a life of joyous service.

This fall at St. Matthew’s, we will be hearing about following God’s Son Jesus. As we listen to the appointed Bible readings in worship, mostly from the Gospel of Luke, we will be discerning “not this, but that.” After all, following anyone implies going one direction rather than another. But, more basically, we will be asking ourselves, “Why follow Jesus, when I could be on my own and do what I want?”

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+

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 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 12-13 2019. Pastor Robert Kuppler preaches: “Following Jesus: Unfailingly” (Luke 17:11-19). A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the day is green. People are invited to wear green to worship.

Joyous hymns on Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 613 at 11, include: “There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy (Entrance); “Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old” (Hymn of the Day); “Now Thank We All Our God” (Recessional). Our distribution hymns for Sunday include: “Praise and Thanksgiving” and “For All the Faithful Women.”

Joyful Noise leads the 8:30 a.m. Eucharist in the singing of joyous hymns: “Baptized in Water” (Gathering); “Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old” (Sermon); “One Bread, One Body” (Distribution); “Bind Us Together, Lord” (Sending).

Sunday School classes for all ages continue at 9:45 a.m. with a Sunday School opening for the children in the McCombs Fellowship Hall.

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

Read Pastor Sam's blog for current news and inspiring articles

Pastor’s Blog: By Which Spirit?

September 28, 2019

“16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are…

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Lostness and Foundness in Luke 15:1-10

September 12, 2019   [The Gospel lesson for September 14-15, 2019, is Luke 15:1-10.] Doubtless, you have lost something important to you at one time or another. There are things that are…

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September 4, 2019

Due to the looming Hurricane Dorian, we will not have classes on Wednesday, September 4, or Thursday, September 5. The Long Range Planning Team meeting has been rescheduled to September…

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Yes, Noon Eucharist on 9/4/19!

September 4, 2019

Please join us for noon Eucharist today, Wednesday,prayer September 4, for healing prayer. Let’s pray the storm offshore and for those already affected.

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