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

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

" Proclaiming Christ Crucified "

Luther's Rose

Dear Visitor,

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!

Why is this so? St. Luke’s description of the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2 begins with Holy Baptism in response to the preaching of the Gospel. He says of Christ’s Church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Biblical, creedal, and sacramental worship continues today the Great Tradition built upon Christ the Cornerstone and the foundation of His apostles.

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the most solemn day of the year, Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at noon or 7 p.m. Pastor Sam Zumwalt begins the midweek preaching series on the Apostles’ Creed with a sermon entitled, “I Believe in God the Father.” The hymns of the day include: “Our Father by Whose Name” (Hymn of Day) and “Just As I Am” and “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (Distribution). Pastors Schedler, Weeks, Kuppler, and Hoyer will assist in the imposition of ashes and distribution of the Holy Communion at noon or 7pm.

We welcome you in Jesus’ name to worship with us on the weekend of February 17-18, 2018, the First Sunday in Lent. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches “For Our Salvation: Driven by the Spirit!” (Mark 1:9-15). From the console of our 25 rank Austin organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads worshipers on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 8:30 & 11 a.m. in the singing of joyous hymns: “A Mighty Fortress” (Entrance); “Jesus, Lead Thou On” (Hymn of the Day); and “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer” (Recessional). Our Sunday distribution hymns are: “O Christ, You Walked the Road” and “O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days” The color of the day is violet. We sing LBW Setting Three at 8:30 & 11 a.m. The Adult Choir sings at 8:30 a.m

Saturday 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 6:00 PM

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 often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and joy,

Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS



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

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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

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