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,

The Sundays after Epiphany are known as ordinary time, which is easily given to the notion that nothing much is going on then. In fact, ordinary time is so designated, because these Sundays are numbered (from the Latin “ordinalis”). These Sundays after Epiphany are ordinary time which occurs outside of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary time continues for the second half of the liturgical year, the Sundays after Pentecost.

During ordinary time, there are no major festivals. But ordinary time is interrupted by lesser feasts including the Transfiguration of our Lord (the last Sunday before Lent begins), certain saints’ days, and, notably for Lutherans, the Reformation and All Saints feast days. On these ordinary or green Sundays, we, typically, read sequentially through the major gospel of the year (this year it’s Luke). But, John’s gospel interrupts from time to time as it does on the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany with the wedding at Cana narrative.

Because the color for Sundays in ordinary time is green, the paraments and vestments signal that this is a time of growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church through the ages is not so pedestrian or driven by the spirit of this age as to give a how-to series on being married or managing resources or all those other catchy-kitschy things that anxious preachers use to try to draw a crowd. Rather, by listening clearly to the Lord Jesus, the living Word of God, speaking through the gospel (and other!) readings, disciples reflect on what that Word means for the various vocations in life including being married or managers of God’s resources.

If you are hungering and thirsting to go more deeply into God’s Word and indeed to receive God’s Word at His Table every week, then we invite you to worship with us at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Wilmington. And…may you indeed grow more deeply as the Holy Trinity gets His eternal life and love into you!

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

We welcome you to worship with us on the Feast of St. Matthias, February 23-24, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “The Great Physician: Found a Good Replacement” (Matthew 11:25-30). Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. The color of the day is red. A nursery is available all Sunday morning. For the next few months, Bill Glisson will be playing an Allen digital organ with speakers until Austin Organ Company delivers and installs our new three-manual digital console and new division and the pipes voiced to the room. Several of the existing ranks of pipes are being reconfigured to accommodate the addition of a new division. The completed organ, which will include three digital stops, will be 47 ranks. Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns on Saturday at 6pm and on Sunday at 11 am: “Be Still, My Soul” (Saturday Entrance); “Come Unto Me, Ye Weary” (11 a.m. Entrance); “By All Your Saints in Warfare” (Hymn of the Day); “I Love to Tell the Story” (Recessional). Distribution hymns on Sunday include: “Be Still, My Soul” and “We Sing for All the Unsung Saints.” On Sunday, the Adult Choir sings “The Very Thought of You” (Fettke) at the 11 a.m. offering. Joyful Noise leads the 8:30 a.m. Chicago Folk Eucharist in a blend of traditional and new hymns and spiritual songs. You are invited to join us for Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m. You are invited to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and to receive anointing and prayer for healing each Wednesday at 12 noon.

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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