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

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

The women, who came to anoint the Lord Jesus’ dead body at dawn on the first day of the week, did not expect His resurrection. The apostles and all the others who had followed Jesus did not expect His resurrection. They knew then what we know now. You can resuscitate someone for a very brief interval, but when you are dead, you are dead. The Lord Jesus was dead, executed by crucifixion, a terrible form of capital punishment the Romans had adapted from the Persians.

Beat someone’s back to a pulp, nail that man’s wrists to a cross, send a spike down through two Achilles tendons, and lift up on a cross until gravity prevents the abdomen from expanding. A person suffocates in a body weakened by exsanguination (bleeding out). Finally, Jesus’ dead body was pierced with a weapon and fluid from the pericardium (the sack around the heart) flowed out with blood. He was dead.

God’s beloved Son in human flesh was the Suffering Servant about which the prophet Isaiah wrote in chapters 52-53. He took the worst that sin and the old evil one could throw at Him, and Jesus died an innocent death for your sins, my sins, and those of the whole world. It was necessary for Jesus to do this as true God and true Man in order to buy back a world enslaved by sin and the devil and bound to die.

The Father raised His beloved Son from the dead (Luke 24:1-12). He is the first Man ever to experience the resurrected life, and all those who are baptized into His death and resurrection have the promise of the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation. Do you believe that? Are you, at least, curious?

When the women came from the empty tomb with angelic tidings of great joy, that Jesus the Living One was raised just as He had told them all in advance, the eleven and all the rest did not believe it. Why? Dead men don’t rise from the dead. Of that, they were certain. But the unexpected was now upon them.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! So, please join us for the next fifty days as we celebrate the unexpected. Because Christ is risen indeed, all those crucified and raised with Him in Baptism will also!

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

We welcome you to worship with us on the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, April 21, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “Joyful Service: In the Rising” (Luke 24:1-12). There is no Sunday School on Easter. A nursery is available for the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Festival Eucharists. The color for the Easter season is white.

A nursery is available all Sunday morning. For the next few months, Bill Glisson will be playing an Allen digital organ with speakers until Austin Organ Company delivers and installs our new three-manual digital console and new division and the pipes voiced to the room.

Bill Glisson leads the singing of powerful hymns on Sunday at 8:30 & 11 am: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (Entrance); “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (Hymn of the Day); “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” (Recessional). Our distribution hymns for Festival Eucharists on Sunday include: “Thine Is the Glory,” “Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord,” and “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing.” The Adult Choir assists in leading the 8:30 & 11 a.m. Eucharists and sings “The Heaven’s Proclaim” (Hopson). The St. Matthew’s Brass help to lead the festival setting of LBW Setting One and the hymns. Bill Glisson and Jan Betts play at piano/organ duet, “Glorious Victory” (Smith/Hustad) for the prelude. Bill Glisson plays “Toccata” by Charles Marie Widor for the postlude.

Joyful Noise leads the Sunrise Eucharist at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard. Hymns include: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”; “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”; “Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord”; “Sing to the Mountains.” At the offering, Joyful Noise sings and plays “Forever” (Kari Jobe).

You are invited to join us for Easter Evening Prayer (no Bible study) on Easter Monday 4/22 at 6 p.m. You are invited to Maundy Thursday 4/18 – Pr. Peter Hoyer at noon and 7 p.m.; Friday 4/19 at noon – Pr. Sam Zumwalt; Friday 4/19 – Tenebrae led by the Adult Choir; Easter Vigil Saturday 4/20 at 6 pm; Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard led by the Joyful Noise Ensemble.

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

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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

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SERVE at and beyond St. Matthew’s

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” - Martin Luther

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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

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St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt

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