Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

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 among (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.

The time after Epiphany is known as ordinary time, because the Sundays are numbered (from the Latin ‘ordinalis’). As Christ’s Church has celebrated the dawning of the Light of the world, the birth of God’s incarnate Son Jesus of Nazareth, we focus now on the Light of the world’s conquest of the kingdom of sin, death, and the devil. In the lead up to Lent and then the heart of the Christian story the death and resurrection of Jesus, we hear His call to discipleship. It is a matter of life and death, a matter of in which kingdom each of us will dwell — God’s or that of the old evil foe.

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.

With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we exclaim: Glory to God in the Highest and peace to all people on earth!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pastor Sam Zumwalt+
szumwalt@bellsouth.net

Come Worship with Us

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

Wednesday 12 Noon

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

For those who are well and not in fragile health, please wear a mask around others especially upon entering and exiting worship and when moving around in the nave. Please use the hand sanitizer available inside the door, both upon entering and when leaving. Please observe a social distance of at least 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 12:40 pm on Wednesdays. To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1n7DcvSmSFXYO51dWbdykw

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the weekend of January 23-24, 2021, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. Pastor Peter Hoyer preaches on 1 Corinthians 7:29-35). From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns on Saturday and Sunday: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (Saturday & 11 a.m. Entrance); “Give Me Jesus” (Hymn of the Day); “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult” (Saturday Recessional); “We Are Marching in the Light of God” (11am Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “O Christ, Who Called the Twelve” and “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult” The color of the day is green for ordinary time.

Joyful Noise leads the 8:30am Eucharist in the singing of joyous hymns and spiritual songs: “We Are Called”; “Give Me Jesus”; “O Christ, Who Called the Twelve”; “We Are Marching in the Light of God.” At the offering, Joyful Noise sings “Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord.”

Other special music includes: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (Ashdown) will be Bill Glisson’s prelude on Saturday and at 11; “Give Me Jesus” (Langlois) is Bill Glisson’s offering anthem at 6pm; “Lord, Be Glorified” is the choir anthem at the 11am offering; “Siyahamba” (Farlee) will be Bill Glisson’s postlude at 6pm and 11am.

For online worshipers, be sure to download the bulletin: https://stmatthewsch.org/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 October – December 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 and Mrs. Jan Betts will lead from the organ and piano. 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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