Come Worship With Us  Saturday 6:oo PM  Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 AM  Monday  6:00 PM

Luther's Rose

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Discipleship Center

Celebrating Our 125th Anniversary 1892-2017

Till St Matthew's Weekend

St Matthew's 125th Anniversary Weekend is September 15-17.

Dear Visitor,

2017 is a banner year at St. Matthew’s. The Lutheran Reformation of the Church began 500 years ago, and St. Matthew’s was founded 125 years ago as the first Lutheran congregation in Wilmington to worship in English.

St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish, which means we are “evangelical” by being committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “catholic” by being rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints. When you worship with us, you experience a vibrant Christianity that would be recognizable to the previous centuries of Christians. We are biblical, creedal, and sacramental!

Why is this so? St. Luke’s description of the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2 begins with Holy Baptism in response to the preaching of the Gospel.  He says of Christ’s Church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  Biblical, creedal, and sacramental worship continues today the Great Tradition built upon Christ the Cornerstone and the foundation of His apostles.

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on August 26-27, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. On Sunday, our congregation celebrates Rally Day at 9:45 a.m., the beginning of a new Sunday School year. A congregation lunch will be held in the McSwain Center at 12:30 p.m.

If you have not previously signed up in the Commons for Rally Day Lunch, please email Donna at to indicate how many you plan to bring with you to lunch and which side you will bring to complement the fried or rotisserie chicken provided by the Fellowship Team.

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt, STS, preaches the sermon: “Thankful Living: Confessing the Savior” (Matthew 16:13-20).

From the console of our 25-rank Austin organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the congregation in singing joyous traditional hymns at 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday: “Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus!” (Entrance); “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (Hymn of the Day); and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” (Recessional). Distribution hymns at 11 a.m. include: “O Blest the House” and “Take My Life that I May Be.”

The Joyful Noise Ensemble led by Debra Ebert leads the Chicago Folk Service at the 8:30 a.m. Eucharist along with newer hymns and spiritual songs.

Discover the Lutheran difference this week. At St. Matthew’s, when it says Lutheran on the sign, you can actually count on scriptural, creedal, and sacramental worship week after week. Please find your way often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and joy,

Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS


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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week

Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)

Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday at 5:00 pm (High School) .

Music Practice Schedule:

12:15 pm Sunday -- Luther Choir (age 4-5th grade, August 30)

6:30 pm Tuesday* -- Joyful Noise Ensemble (*before 2nd and 4th Sundays)

6:00-6:45pm Wednesday -- Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)

7:00-8:30pm Wednesday -- Adult Choir