Worship with Us  Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 AM  Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday 12 Noon

St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor, The Sundays after Epiphany are known as ordinary time, which is easily given to the notion that nothing much is going on then. In fact, ordinary time is so designated, because these Sundays are numbered (from the Latin “ordinalis”). These Sundays after Epiphany are ordinary time which occurs outside of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary time continues for the second half of the liturgical year, the Sundays after Pentecost. During ordinary time, there are no major festivals. But ordinary time is interrupted by lesser feasts including the Transfiguration of our Lord (the last Sunday before Lent begins), certain saints’ days, and, notably for Lutherans, the Reformation and All Saints feast days. On these ordinary or green Sundays, we, typically, read sequentially through the major gospel of the year (this year it’s Luke). But, John’s gospel interrupts from time to time as it does on the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany with the wedding at Cana narrative. Because the color for Sundays in ordinary time is green, the paraments and vestments signal that this is a time of growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church through the ages is not so pedestrian or driven by the spirit of this age as to give a how-to series on being married or managing resources or all those other catchy-kitschy things that anxious preachers use to try to draw a crowd. Rather, by listening clearly to the Lord Jesus, the living Word of God, speaking through the gospel (and other!) readings, disciples reflect on what that Word means for the various vocations in life including being married or managers of God’s resources. If you are hungering and thirsting to go more deeply into God’s Word and indeed to receive God’s Word at His Table every week, then we invite you to worship with us at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Wilmington. And…may you indeed grow more deeply as the Holy Trinity gets His eternal life and love into you! 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

We welcome you to worship with us on the Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 19-20, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “The Great Physician: Was A Welcome Guest” (John 2:1-11). Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m.  A nursery is available all Sunday morning.

From the console of our 25 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns on Saturday at 6pm and on Sunday at 8:30 and 11 am: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (Entrance Hymn); “Come; Join in Cana’s Feast” (Hymn of the Day); “Come We That Love the Lord” (Recessional Hymn). Distribution hymns on Sunday include: “Now the Silence” and “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness.”

You are invited to join us for Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m.

You are invited to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and to receive anointing and prayer for healing each Wednesday at 12 noon.

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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