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

Welcome to St Matthew's Lutheran Church

Dear Visitor,

Perhaps you consider yourself to be more spiritual than religious. That’s a slogan widely used in popular culture. By that, most people seem to mean that God stuff or organized religion is pretty much a matter of personal choice… like which apps to install and use or which ideas to keep or throw away.

The ironic thing about slogans is they imply independence of thought while often actually being more about going with the herd. When you are still trying to figure out who you are and where you want to go in life, you can be afraid of calling attention to yourself by holding to culturally unpopular beliefs.

The Christian faith doesn’t play the identity politics game. When you are baptized, you are a child of God. You know who and Whose you are. You know your life has meaning and purpose. Indeed, you know that by your gifts and talents and your relationships, God is calling you to a life of joyous service.

This fall at St. Matthew’s, we will be hearing about following God’s Son Jesus. As we listen to the appointed Bible readings in worship, mostly from the Gospel of Luke, we will be discerning “not this, but that.” After all, following anyone implies going one direction rather than another. But, more basically, we will be asking ourselves, “Why follow Jesus, when I could be on my own and do what I want?”

We are a congregation that values the lives and witness of the generations of Christians who have gone before us. Week after week, we do and say what those who have followed Jesus have said and done in worship for 2,000 years. The worship is beautiful, rich in imagery, and definitely not about the pastors, the musicians, or the people. It’s still about God’s Son Jesus and what He has done and promises to do! We invite you to walk through the glass doors parallel to South College Road across from UNCW.

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

We welcome you to worship with us on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, November 16-17, 2019. Pastor Sam Zumwalt preaches: “Following Jesus: Unfearingly” (Luke 21:5-28). A nursery is available all morning long. The color for the day is green. Priming the pump: Are you fearful of the Church’s future? Or yours?

Joyous hymns for 23 Pentecost on Saturday, November 16, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, November 17 at 8:30 & 11, include: “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (Entrance Hymn); “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” (Hymn of the Day); “When Peace Like A River” (Recessional Hymn). Our distribution hymns for Sunday include: “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” and “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”

Bill Glisson plays “Wer nun den lieben Gott” (Fiebig) for the prelude; “Abide with Me” (Glisson and Betts) at the Saturday and 11 a.m. offering; and “Trumpet Tune in D’” (Clarke) for the postlude. The Adult Bell Choir sings “For the Bread Which You Have Broken” (Schelat) at the 8:30 a.m. offering.

Sunday School classes for all ages continue at 9:45 a.m. with a Sunday School opening for the children in the McCombs Fellowship Hall. Children, youth, and adults all ought to be in Sunday School weekly!

Worshipers are urged to arrive early for services in order to read through the lessons, particularly the Gospel lesson, prior to worship. Baptized Christians are urged, then, to prepare prayerfully by calling to mind their sins before God before receiving the true Body and most precious Blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins.


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

Pastor Sam's Blog

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David Newbery Funeral Mass on Friday, November 8, at 11 a.m.

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Pastor’s Blog: By Which Spirit?

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“16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are…

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