When the Lord Jesus calls someone, He says, “Follow me.” Well, that’s a change, because we tend to think we’re the center of the universe. But Jesus doesn’t ask what you want from Him. He doesn’t ask who you think or feel you are. He doesn’t ask about your pronouns. In fact, He doesn’t focus on your skin color, your preferred language, your gender or attraction, your history of hurts, or where you have been, what you’ve done, how you’ve failed or succeeded. He knows everything, looks you in the eye, and says, “Follow me!” And when you follow, you get up and go with Jesus. But wait a minute.
Who is Jesus? He is God’s Son in human flesh. That’s hard to wrap your head around, because a lot of people talk about Jesus in the past tense. And that’s a whole lot easier, because a past tense Jesus becomes whatever people want Him to be and a past tense Jesus isn’t someone you can really follow. But Jesus is (present tense) God’s Son in human flesh, and that’s Who people follow. So, among His followers, the days leading up to the celebration of His birth, for centuries and centuries, have been called Advent (which means “coming”). Advent is about waiting and hoping… just like parents waiting and hoping for a baby to be born. It’s a time to discover again Who Jesus is, to pin your hopes on Him.
So, Jesus is calling you, saying, “Follow me.” It’s scary thing to follow Jesus, because He will re-form all your other loyalties, yes, all those ideas and things you leaned on or you were sure defined you. In short, following Jesus means it’s not about you. But why would you do that? Only Jesus can save you from yourself, from death, and from evil. Only Jesus can remake you to be the person you were created to be.
Just show up and remember it’s not about you. We really won’t entertain you or push you towards a group, a program, or a packaged plan. We will be real about futility, failure, and forgiveness. We will show you Jesus, the down-to-earth God in human flesh, and invite you to follow Him with us… forever.
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
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 First Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2023. Father Samuel David Zumwalt preaches, “Holy Keys: Molded” (Isaiah 64:1-9). The color of the day is blue, which signifies the hope of eternal life with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Vicar Robert Shivers preaches on Wednesday at noon and 7 p.m.
From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns: “O How Shall I Receive Thee” (Entrance); “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” (Hymn of the Day); “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” (Saturday Recessional); “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending” (Sunday Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “Once He Came in Blessing”; “Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come”; “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns.”
Special music for the weekend: Bill’s traditional prelude is “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” (Rowland-Raybold); Bill’s Saturday offering, “Preparation for the King” (Corelli); Bill’s postlude is “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending’” (Culli). The Adult Choir sings “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying” (Lee) at the 8:30 a.m. offering; Annie Jewell, soprano, sings “Never Weather-Beaten Sail” (Campion) at the 11 a.m. offering.
Sheila Whitmeyer oversees the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email: email@example.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
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 & 11:00
Monday 6:00 PM
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"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