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

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

" Proclaiming Christ Crucified "

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The time after Pentecost is traditionally known as ordinary (literally, “numbered”) time. The Sundays after the Epiphany of our Lord and the Sundays after Pentecost each have a number (Lectionary 1, etc.). Green, the color of growth, is the color of this time and reflects the growth of Christ’s Church on earth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The gospel readings for this non-festival time of the year are filled with the Lord Jesus’ teaching both in Word and deed…that we may grow in Him having been made His disciples by our Baptism into His death and resurrection.

Whether you are new to the area, on vacation at the beach, or using summer to check out other churches, we invite you to worship with us on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m., for a conversational Bible study and sung Evening Prayer on Mondays at 6 p.m., or, beginning in June, at noon on Wednesdays for a spoken Eucharist with healing prayer. With the exception of Monday evenings, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at all our services.

The Christian life is always lived in a community. How can Christ’s members be active, growing, and fruit-bearing without remaining connected to the Head through the Word and Sacraments? The ancient Gnostic heresy was built on a spiritual, disembodied theology and worship. When one listens to many Christians whose sense of Church history is hardly more than right now, their kinship to Gnosticism is very near. In union with the Great Tradition of Christianity, we continue, as Luke described the new Church in Acts, in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (2:42). Our worship is always biblical, creedal, sacramental, and liturgical. Come and see!

Adoring the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Pastor Samuel David Zumwalt, STS

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 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 18-19. Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS, preaches: “Church, Proclaim: Christ the Medicine” (John 6:51-58).

From the console of our 25 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns at all three weekend Eucharists: “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (Entrance); “Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup” (Hymn of the Day with cantor) and “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” (Saturday Recessional) and “In Thee Is Gladness” (Sunday Recessional). Bill plays the prelude “Aria” (Handel Purvis). For the Offertory, Bill accompanies Jan Betts, who sings, “What the Lord Has Done in Me” (Larson). Bill plays “Psalm XIX” (Marcello) for the postlude. Sunday distribution hymns include: “Now the Silence” and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”

In addition to the three weekend Eucharists, we sing Evening Prayer following a brief Bible study at 6 p.m. on Mondays and celebrate the Eucharist with Healing Prayer each Wednesday at 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

Pastor Sam's Blog

Read Pastor Sam's blog for current news and inspiring articles

Pastor’s Blog: Remembering Mama

August 16, 2018

My mother, Harriet, died six years ago on August 17 a few weeks shy of 91 years. Two sisters, Lillian and Kathryn, lived into their late 90s and their mother,…

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Aleda Marggraff Memorial Service

August 13, 2018

Aleda Marggraff Memorial Service Wednesday, August 15, at 2 p.m. Our dear sister, Aleda Marggraff, 92, died on Sunday, August 12, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She had fallen…

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Pastor’s Blog: All Things Must Pass

August 10, 2018

It’s a sobering thing to see your name on a tombstone even when you aren’t buried there. Dad used to say often: “From the moment we are born, we begin…

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Pastor’s Blog: The Thief Comes Only to Steal, Kill, and Destroy

August 2, 2018

I just saw a brief internet story about “Momo,” a character in an app that urges teens to harm themselves, yes, even to commit suicide. The avatar, or whatever, looks…

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