Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

pentecost Altar

Dear Visitor,

Unlike our new wall calendars, the Church’s new year began with Advent on November 28. Unlike the culture around us, Christmas began with our Eucharists on Christmass Eve. Continuing our preaching theme for this year, “Holy Baptism,” we concluded the twelve days of Christmas on Wednesday, January 5, and celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 6, at noon and 7pm.

Because the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Easter) is very late this year, we won’t even begin Lent until the first week of March. This allows us an extended period of ordinary time after the Epiphany during which we focus on what it means to be disciples.

With eight Sundays after the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ, we began, as always with the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, and will conclude with the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. In between those Sundays, we listen to six lessons from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. Five of those readings are from those powerful chapters on the Church, chapters 12-14. The sixth is from that soaring 15th chapter on the resurrection.

With the early Church, we will hear St. Paul’s wise counsel written specifically for particular problems in their life together, and we will be opened by the Word of God in weekly sermons. Our weekly bulletin inserts will provide commentary from great teachers of the faith from the first centuries of the Church and more than a few suggestions as to how to be intentionally shaped by God’s Word.

Like the early Church, we believe the principal service of God’s house should always include the Lord’s Supper. We sing hymns. We take God’s Word seriously. We believe in mystery. We are intergenerational. We believe the Church should be led by the Holy Ghost not the zeitgeist (the spirit of this age). We are traditional but neither rigid nor stodgy. Dare to be Lutheran Christians (both evangelical and catholic) with us!

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

WE HAVE RESUMED CORPORATE WORSHIP WHILE MAINTAINING GREAT CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS! 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.

To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1n7DcvSmSFXYO51dWbdykw

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to celebrate with us on the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 16, 2022. The Rev’d. Dr. Samuel David Zumwalt, preaches the sermon, “Holy Baptism: Varieties of Service” (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).  Officers and Church Council members will be installed.

From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday: “You Servants of God” (Entrance); “Take My Life That I May Be” (Hymn of the Day); “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “Now the Silence”; “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” and “The Star Proclaims the King is Here.” The color for Sunday is green signifying growing in the grace and knowledge of the one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Special music for the weekend: Organ prelude by Bill Glisson, “Take My Life That I May Be” (Biery); Saturday offering “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (Patterson). At the 8:30 a.m. Sunday offering, the Adult Choir sings “I Will Sing with the Spirit” (Rutter). At the 11 a.m. offering, Bill Glisson and Annie Jewell play a duet: “Here’s My Life” (Peterson). Bill Glisson’s organ postlude, “Songs of Faithfulness and Praise” (Ashdown).

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

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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