St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The Sundays after Epiphany begin with the celebration of our Lord’s Baptism and then continue with what is known as ordinary time. This name seems to suggest that nothing much is going on during this time. 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 Presentation of our Lord (the first Sunday of February), 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 Matthew). But, John’s gospel interrupts from time to time as it does on the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany with John the Baptist’s witness to the Lamb of God and the call of our Lord’s first disciples.

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 mangers 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

Wednesday 12 Noon

We welcome you to worship with us on the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 18-19, 2020. Pastor Samuel Zumwalt preaches: “Light of the World: Guiltless in Him” (1 Corinthians 1:1-9). A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the day is green. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m.

Bill Glisson leads from the newly-expanded Austin pipe organ on the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany  on Saturday, January 18 at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, January 19 at 8:30 and 11 a.m.  Joyous hymns include: “You Servants of God” (Entrance); “O Christ, Our Hope” (Hymn of the Day); “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult” (Recessional Hymn). Our distribution hymns for Sunday include: “Lamb of God” (Twila Paris) and “My Faith Looks Up to Thee.”

Worshipers are urged to arrive early to read through the lessons, particularly the second 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.

All confirmed youth and adults are invited to a Question and Answer Session on Saturday, January 18, at 4:45 p.m. in the nave. The Long Range Planning Team leads this session in preparation for the Special Called Congregation Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 26, at 1 p.m. in the nave.

This is the last weekend to update your voter eligibility. The requirements for voting membership at St. Matthew’s are: 1) to be a confirmed member; 2) to have made a contribution of record to the General Fund, Stewardship Alternative Fund, Building Fund, or Organ Fund either in 2019 or 2020; and, 3) to have been recorded as having communed in 2019 or 2020. There will be no opportunity to update eligibility requirements after January 19 until February 23 for confirmed membership and until February 2 for both giving and communing requirements.



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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Saturday Night Forum

January 15, 2020

January 18, 2020 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm in the nave. In preparation for the Special Called Congregation Meeting on January 26 @ 1pm in the nave, the Long Range…

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Concordia Choir on March 1 @ 4pm

January 5, 2020

Here’s the link to the ticketing website for the Concordia Choir Concert at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m.

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Funeral of Mary Helen Sylvester Martuscelli

January 2, 2020

MARY HELEN SYLVESTER MARTUSCELLI FUNERAL We will give God thanks and praise for the life of Mary Helen Sylvester Martuscelli on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the…

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Midweek Advent Services

December 1, 2019

Wednesday, December 4 12 noon Spoken Eucharist 7 p.m. Sung LBW Evening Prayer  

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