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,

Welcome to Wilmington whether you are new to the area or on vacation. St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish in which traditional, biblical, creedal, sacramental, and liturgical Christianity is practiced. We are not rigid in presentation or style, but all the previous generations of Christians in the Church Triumphant would recognize our practice as authentically, orthodox Christianity.

If you have never experienced this kind of Christianity, be assured this is not some fad we have recently adopted as a church growth technique. We are Lutheran Christians, who see ourselves as evangelical, catholic, and orthodox, even when some liturgies are spoken, others sung, some music is older, and some is newer. We are deeply rooted in the Great Tradition of Christianity throughout the centuries.

Our preaching theme for the summer Sundays is “Holy Lives.” Each week we will look at an exemplary Christian, a recognized saint, whose life and witness encourages us. There will be familiar saints like John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the Mother of God. But there will be others we may know less about including: Irenaeus of Lyons; Jan Hus; Benedict of Nursia (the inspiration for “The Benedict Option”); Johann Sebastian Bach; Joanna, Mary, & Salome (the myrrh-bearers who went to anoint Jesus’ body); Bernard of Clairvaux (hymn writer); and Augustine of Hippo Regius in northern Africa (early Church father).

It is no secret that we are now living in a largely post-Christian United States of America. Each summer Sunday at 9:45 a.m., we will have a chapter-by-chapter discussion of Rod Dreher’s book, “The Benedict Option.” If you don’t have a copy, buy one and join us for a lively conversation about how to keep the orthodox Christian faith in a world that either does not know the Triune God or despises His people.

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

We welcome you to worship with us on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 17-18, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “Holy Lives: St. Bernard of Clairvaux” (Luke 12:49-56). A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the time after Pentecost is green. You are invited to wear something green to worship.

The re-installation of our expanded Austin pipe organ with a new three-manual digital console is underway. The final digital ranks are being added presently. Then, voicing of each pipe and tuning the instrument takes time, and so the Austin organ should be fully ready to play by Rally Day, August 24-25.

Joyous hymns on Saturday, August 17, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, August 18 at 8:30 and 11 include: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (Entrance); “O Jesus, King Most Wonderful” (Hymn of the Day); “Lead On, O King Eternal” (Recessional). Our distribution hymns for Sunday morning include: “Now the Silence” and “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.”

Bill Glisson plays “Faithfulness” (Innis) as the prelude. Sarah Bishton and Gina Martuscelli sing “Amazing Grace” (Althouse) at the offering. Bill Glisson plays “Lancashire” (arranged by Metzger) at the postlude.

Chapter 9 of “The Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher is being discussed at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday School hour in Room 117.

The high school youth that went on mission trip to “Give the Kids the World” in Florida will have a presentation in McCombs Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.

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

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