2017 is a banner year at St. Matthew’s. The Lutheran Reformation of the Church began 500 years ago, and St. Matthew’s was founded 125 years ago as the first Lutheran congregation in Wilmington to worship in English.
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 November 25-26, the Feast of Christ the King. Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS, preaches the sermon, “Christ Crucified: We Adore” (Matthew 25:31-46). Hymns for traditional worship include: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”(Entrance); “The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns” (Hymn of the Day); “Blessed Assurance” (Saturday Recessional); “Thine the Amen! Thine the Praise!” (Sunday Recessional). Sunday distribution hymns include: “Eat This Bread” (Taize with Cantor) and “Blessed Assurance.”
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
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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week
Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday at 5:00 pm (High School) .
Music Practice Schedule:
12:15 pm Sunday -- Luther Choir (age 4-5th grade, August 30)
6:30 pm Tuesday* -- Joyful Noise Ensemble (*before 2nd and 4th Sundays)
6:00-6:45pm Wednesday -- Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:30pm Wednesday -- Adult Choir