St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The time after Pentecost is ordinary time, which some may think of as time when nothing special is happening. That’s not what the Church means. Ordinary time, from the Latin “ordinalis,” means numbered time. So… we celebrate each Sunday as a little Easter, and each Sunday is numbered (x Sunday after Pentecost).

Unless we celebrate a saint’s day or a lesser feast (none of these this summer), the color on the altar parament and the pastors’ vestments is green. Just as most of ordinary time occurs during the growing season, so we focus in this time on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christians are simultaneously saints and sinners. Until we draw our last breath, we still have to fight against our self-centered nature that was buried with Christ in Holy Baptism. Set apart by God there to be His saints, we live as His people in all of our relationships. As we listen to New Testament readings (epistles) this fall, we will hear what God wants and does not want to do in daily life and work with His people.

Please join with us in corporate worship if you are well and not in fragile health… or worship with us on YouTube Live during these days of the coronavirus each Saturday at 6 p.m., each Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m., each Monday at 6 p.m. for Evening Prayer, and each Wednesday at 12 noon for the Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer.  We also ask you to subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Before online worship, please access our service bulletins at As long as the need remains, we will continue to offer drive-through reception of Holy Communion after each Eucharist.

Despite the coronavirus and all the fears and limitations associated with it, we will continue joyfully to celebrate through Word and Sacraments the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. Please know we have been extremely careful and have had no problems with corporate worship. Wear a mask to and from the building, use hand sanitizer by each door, and be sure to observe social distancing. Every other pew is closed. Blue tape marks on the floor are spaced about every seven feet in the nave.

If you are hungering and thirsting to grow deeper into God’s Word and indeed, if you are baptized, to receive God’s Word at His Table, then we invite you to worship in person, as you are able, or online with us at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Wilmington. And…may you indeed grow deeper as the Holy Trinity gets His eternal life and love into you!

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


For those who are well and not in fragile health, please wear a mask upon entering and exiting worship at the main office door on the south side nearest College Road. Please use the hand sanitizer available inside the door, both upon entering and when leaving. Please observe a social distance of 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 12:40pm on Wednesdays. To access our YouTube channel, please click on the link below:

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the weekend of September 26-27, 2020. Pastor Samuel Zumwalt continues the fall preaching series “Saints and Sinners” with the sermon “Being Humbled” (Philippians 2:1-13). Bill Glisson leads the singing of joyous hymns on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.: “To God be the Glory” (Entrance); “At the Name of Jesus” (Hymn of the Day); and “He Leadeth Me.” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “Our Father, We Have Wandered” and “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether.”

Joyful Noise leads the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist in the singing of “To God Be the Glory”; “At the Name of Jesus”; “Open Our Eyes, Lord”; and “He Leadeth Me.” The color of the day is green.

Special music includes: “At the Name of Jesus” (Snows) organ prelude Saturday and 11 am; “Christ, Do We All Adore Thee” (DuBois) Saturday organ offering: “Abide with Me” (Shehi) duet by Laura Zumwalt, clarinet, and Jan Betts, piano, at 8:30 offering; “Built On A Rock” (Althouse) by Adult Choir at 11 a.m. offering; “To God Be The Glory” (Mickelson) organ postlude on Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

To be certain to have one in hand, be sure to download the 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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