Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

pentecost Altar

Dear Visitor,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14).

Already when God began to create, the Word was with God and was God. We call Him, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. When He became incarnate (conceived) in the Virgin Mary’s womb, the Word became flesh. Matter is not evil. The Father made everything good through the Word. The Holy Spirit was eternally present and temporally present when God began to create. The Christian story is not that matter is evil. The Christian story is not that flesh is evil, for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the Word made flesh. The Christian story is not the evil is as powerful as God. No, evil is rebellion against God, who is the definition of Goodness and Mercy.

With the first half of the liturgical year behind us, we continue in ordinary time through Christ the King Sunday on November 21. Green, the color for ordinary time used on paraments and vestments, signifies growing in the grace and knowledge of the one true God: our Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. Occasionally, during the second half of the church year, we celebrate certain lesser feasts including, this fall, those of St. Matthew (September 19), the Reformation of the Church (October 31), and All Saints (November 7). Our preaching texts for the fall Sundays will be primarily from the letter of James and the sermon entitled Hebrews.

We Christians are neither polytheists nor like those who are non-trinitarians. To the unbelieving wider culture we confess: The Holy Trinity is not one among many gods, not a manufactured Middle Eastern deity like those unearthed by archaeologists. He is the One eternal God, a community of persons within Himself, with no beginning and no ending. That God, the Maker and Owner of the heavens and the earth, is the One to whom all history is proceeding. At the end of time as we know it, every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is LORD to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

If you know and love this God, we invite you to worship with us in person or online. If you have been away from Church for a long time, we invite you to come home. If you are curious and your heart and mind are open, we invite you to come and see. If you are indifferent or even hostile, we invite you, nevertheless, to leave your heart and mind open enough to worship online with us if not in person. If you are on vacation in the area, we offer you a special invitation to be refreshed and renewed by joining in worship of the Triune God with us.

With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we exclaim: “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the Highest!”

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


Hand sanitizer is available inside each entrance.  The pastors wear masks and gloves when distributing the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. While most of our people are either vaccinated or have immunity, we understand that some worshipers are more comfortable wearing masks. At the sharing of the peace, we wave or bow to those who are not of our own households.

If you can’t worship with us in person, be sure to worship with us on YouTube Live this Saturday @ 6pm; Sunday @ 8:30 and 11am; Monday @6pm; Wednesday @Noon. Drive through Holy Communion may be received about 7 p.m. on Saturday; about 9:30 and Noon on Sunday; and about 12:40 pm on Wednesdays. To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below:


We welcome you in Jesus’ name to celebrate with us the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 17, 2021. The Rev’d. Robert Arthur Kuppler preaches the sermon, “The Word of God: Enriches” (Hebrews 4:1-13).

From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday: “Praise and Thanksgiving” (Entrance); “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us” (Hymn of the Day); “Take My Life and Let It Be” (Saturday Recessional); “Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings.” Sunday distribution hymns are: “We Give Thee But Thine Own,” “Take My Life and Let It Be,” and “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.” The color for Sunday is green signifying growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. You are invited to wear green to worship.

Special music for the weekend: Bill Glisson’s Saturday organ prelude is “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us” (Weber); Bill’s Saturday offering is “Brethren We Have Met to Worship” (Hustad); The Adult Choir sings, “I Come, O Lord” (Leaf) at the 8:30 a.m. offering. Annie Jewell sings, “Deep River” (Larson) for the 11 a.m. offering. Bill Glisson’s organ postlude is “Bunessan” (Bock)

Did you know that you can give online to St. Matthew’s? https://stmatthewsch.org/online-giving/

Sara Schneider and Sheila Whitmeyer have reopened the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email: lshp4561@yahoo.com

For online worshipers, be sure to download the bulletinhttps://stmatthewsch.org/bulletin/ 


We commune in the following way. Worshipers line up to receive Holy Communion at one of the chancel gates. After the pastor dips the host into the chalice, please receive the Body and Blood of Christ in your flattened palm. If you are unable to receive the Blood of Christ due to the alcohol content, please let the pastors know you wish only to receive the host. If you wish to take home communion to your family, please bring a baggie to receive the hosts. Offering plates are just inside the nave so that worshipers may place their offerings as they enter or leave the nave.

New Portals of Prayer devotions booklets for July-September 2021 and retired copies of the Lutheran Book of Worship are still available to take home. These may be found on a table in the narthex.

Mr. Bill Glisson, our Director of Music, will lead from the organ. Streaming of online services begins about 4 minutes before the advertised worship time.

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

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