Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

pentecost Altar

Dear Visitor,

The Sundays after Pentecost are not a season but are called ordinary time, from the Latin “ordinalis” meaning “numbered,” as in the “Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost” et cetera. During the last months of the liturgical year, the color on paraments and vestments is mostly green signifying Christ’s Church on earth growing in the grace and knowledge of her Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. We celebrate several lesser festivals in the fall including St. Matthew’s Sunday (red for the blood of martyrs), Reformation Sunday (red for the fire of the Holy Spirit), and All Saints Sunday (white for purity and joy).

We are an active, intergenerational parish with many opportunities for worship, study, service, and fellowship. We take seriously that Baptism creates the only identity within the Church, which means we don’t divide people by gender, ethnicity, language, or class. We are self-consciously Lutheran in the way we do theology and ethics, and we interpret Scripture through the lens of Law and Gospel.

St. Matthew’s church welcomes area university and community college students to make their church home with us in order to grow in faith and life. We are always delighted to have all visitors from near and far to join with us in praise and adoration of the Blessed Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish, which means we confess the Scriptures and creeds of Christ’s whole Church on earth, worship using the liturgy of the western Church, practice one Baptism with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins, and receive the Lord Jesus’ true Body and most precious Blood in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, and other feast days. With all Christ’s faithful people on earth, we are unapologetically pro-life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+

Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 5:00 PM

Wednesday 12 Noon

THE GREEK WORD FOR CHURCH, “EKKLESIA,” means the ones “called out” of their homes to assemble with the Lord for the apostles teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (Acts 2:42). We urge you to join us in person for worship!

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. To access our YouTube channel, please CLICK HERE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1n7DcvSmSFXYO51dWbdykw

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to celebrate with us the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, on October 8-9, 2022. The Rev’d. Fr. Samuel Zumwalt preaches, “Holy Baptism: Promises” (2 Timothy 2:8-15). The color of the day is green signifying growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit.


From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the traditional Eucharists on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the singing of joyous hymns: “Praise to the Lord the Almighty” (Entrance); “We Know That Christ Is Raised” (Hymn of the Day); “O Christ the Same” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels”; “I Am the Bread of Life”; and “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus.”


The Joyful Noise Ensemble leads the 8:30 a.m. Eucharist in the singing of joyous hymns and spiritual songs: “Praise to the Lord the Almighty”; “We Know That Christ Is Raised”; “Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels”; “I am the Bread of Life.”


Special music for the weekend includes: Bill Glisson’s Sunday organ prelude “LOBE DEN HERREN” (Cherwien); Bill’s Saturday offering, “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” (Manz); The Joyful Noise Ensemble sings at the 8:30 a.m. offering; The Adult Bell Choir plays at the 11 a.m. Sunday offering, “Praise to the Lord” (Page); Bill’s organ postlude “ENGELBERG.”

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


Sheila Whitmeyer and Allison Scalora have reopened the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email: slwhitmeyer@aol.com


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

Live broadcast of each worship service begins several minutes before the posted 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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