St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The time after Pentecost is ordinary time, which some may think of as time when nothing special is happening. That’s not what the Church means. Ordinary time, from the Latin “ordinalis,” means numbered time. So… we celebrate each Sunday as a little Easter, and each Sunday is numbered (x Sunday after Pentecost).

Unless we celebrate a saint’s day or a lesser feast (none of these this summer), the color on the altar parament and the pastors’ vestments is green. Just as most of ordinary time occurs during the growing season, so we focus in this time on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Beginning June 14, our New Testament readings (epistle lessons) are from Paul’s Letter to the Romans. As we track through Paul’s complex argument, we will learn more about God’s two words (law and gospel) and about the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the Church at Rome. To try to engage the hearers with such challenging content, the weekend sermons will take the major theme from a classic musical as carried in a couple of its songs and use that as a key to being “read” by God’s Word. For our older listeners, most of these will be very familiar themes that evoke fond memories. Through these “summer musicals,” our younger folks may discover “new” common ground with their elders.

Please join with us in corporate worship if you are well and not in fragile health… or worship with us on YouTube Live during these days of the coronavirus each Saturday at 6 p.m., each Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m., each Monday at 6 p.m. for Evening Prayer, and each Wednesday at 12 noon for the Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer.  We also ask you to subscribe to our YouTube channel:

If you do not have internet access but would like to hear an audio feed of our services, please dial in at the service times to 910-444-7090. You will hear a greeting and then silence until the service begins. As you are able, put your phone on speaker for ease of listening. You are permitted to be in the church parking lot during the services so long as you remain in your cars. Scroll down for more specific driving instructions and information about reception of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. You may access our service bulletins online at

Despite the coronavirus and all the fears and limitations associated with it, we will continue joyfully to celebrate through Word and Sacraments the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ.

If you are hungering and thirsting to grow deeper into God’s Word and indeed, if you are baptized, to receive God’s Word at His Table, then we invite you to worship in person, as you are able, or online with us at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Wilmington. And…may you indeed grow deeper 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


For those who are well and not in fragile health, please wear a mask upon entering and exiting worship at the main office door on the south side nearest College Road. Please use the hand sanitizer available inside the door, both upon entering and when leaving. Please observe a social distance of six feet between yourself and others who are not part of your household. Every other row of pews or chairs has been marked as unavailable for seating. Please keep at least six feet between yourself and those not of your own household.

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 12:40pm on Wednesdays. To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below:

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the weekend of August 1-2, 2020. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches “Summer Musicals: Fiddler on the Roof” (Romans 9:1-13). Bill Glisson leads worshipers in the singing of joyous hymns: “We Praise You, O God” (Entrance); “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (Hymn of the Day); and “Now the Day Is Over” (Saturday Recession) and “The Church of Christ in Every Age” (Sunday Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” and “O Living Bread from Heaven.”

Bill Glisson plays “KLEMSER” (Healey Willan ) for the prelude and “Rondo” (John Bull) for the postlude. Jan Betts sings “What the Lord Has Done in Me” (Larson) at the offering.

To be certain to have one in hand, be sure to download the bulletin:

For those continuing to worship online and driving through for distribution, please follow enter the circular driveway in reverse order (clockwise). The pastor(s) will be wearing gloves, masks, and glasses. 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. If you wish to leave an offering as you drive through, a locked box is available to receive gifts.

New Portals of Prayer devotions booklets for July – September 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.

Pastor Peter Hoyer will preside at 8:30 and assist at 11 a.m. Mr. Bill Glisson and Mrs. Jan Betts will lead from the organ and piano. If you don’t have the internet, you can still dial in to listen to the services on your phone! Dial 910-444-7090. The prelude should start about 2 minutes before the scheduled times for worship. Yes, the dial up audio is working!

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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