Dear Visitor,

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


With this ancient victory cry, the Church across space and time has proclaimed the Lord has triumphed gloriously over sin, death, and the old evil foe. On the cross, God’s Son in human flesh, Jesus Christ, has shed His precious blood to rescue rebellious humanity from that unholy trio. By His glorious resurrection, we have the assurance that in Him the faithful dead will rise to live in a new creation forever.


St. Matthew’s is an evangelical catholic parish, which means we are “evangelical” by being committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “catholic” by being rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints. When you worship with us, you experience a vibrant Christianity that would be recognizable to the previous centuries of Christians. We are biblical, creedal, and sacramental!


We sing hymns with spiritual depth and musical integrity in a variety of styles and from many sources. We believe the Scriptures when they declare: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), which means worship includes times of careful listening and quiet reflection on the mystery of God’s everlasting love.


When you worship at St. Matthew’s, you hear God’s No (His Law) and God’s Yes (His Gospel) proclaimed from the pulpit to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. It’s bracing to hear the truth about our brokenness, to know we always need a Savior every day, and to be reminded that we cannot by our own reason or effort believe in Jesus Christ or come to Him. At St. Matthew’s, we don’t tell you what to do. We preach Christ crucified! We tell you what He has done for sinners and what it means to live grateful lives in response.


Discover the Lutheran difference this week. At St. Matthew’s, when it says Lutheran on the sign, you can actually count on scriptural, creedal, and sacramental worship week after week.


Please find your way to where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always! 


CONCERNING DISAFFILIATION FROM THE ELCA: We voted 120-0 (unanimously with 120 voting members present) to disaffiliate from the ELCA on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the McSwain Activity Center. After a third successful disaffiliation vote, we took a second vote to join the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC), which passed 117-2 (with one blank ballot). Despite three successful cycles of disaffiliation votes, with each congregational vote well past the constitutionally-mandated 2/3 threshold, NC Synod Vice President Haywood has sent a third denial letter. Our congregational president, Colonel Pilcher has responded. You may read the exchange of letters and draw your own conclusions from them.

Click to Read the Denial Letter

Click to Read the Response Letter

Thanks for dropping 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

We invite you in Jesus’ name to worship with us as we celebrate the Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on April 21, 2024. Father Samuel David Zumwalt preaches, “Holy Keys: Gathering Strays ” (Ezekiel 34::11-16).

From the console of our 47 rank Austin pipe organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson, Director of Music, leads the singing of joyous hymns on the Fourth Sunday of Easter: “The Lord’s My Shepherd” (Entrance); “The King of Love, My Shepherd Is” (Hymn of the Day); “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”; “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”; “We All Are One in Mission.”

Special music for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Bill Glisson’s prelude is “Brother James’ Air” (Weber); Mr. Bill plays at the Saturday offering: “What Wondrous Love” (Langlois); Annie Jewell sings, “Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep” (Scott) at the 8:30 offering. The Adult Choir sings, “Guidance” (Smith) at the 11 a.m. offering. Bill’s postlude is “Praeludium and Fugue in A Minor” (Simon).

Did you know that you can give online to St. Matthew’s by Clicking Here? 

Sheila Whitmeyer oversees the nursery on Sunday mornings for up to five children per service. For more information, please email:

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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

(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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