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

Easter isn’t just one and done. The resurrection of God’s Incarnate Son Jesus changes everything. It is the beginning of the new creation, and Jesus is the firstborn from the dead. The early Church called Easter Sunday, Pascha, the same word for Passover. After baptizing Jesus, John the Baptist declared: “Behold, the Lamb of God” (1:29) to his disciples, who left to follow Jesus. When Jesus, the spotless Lamb without sin, was crucified by Roman soldiers on the Day of Preparation (according to St. John’s gospel), the day when Passover lambs were slain, He became the blood sacrifice who would save Jews and Gentiles from sin, death, and the devil.

After Christianity was no longer an illegal religion, church buildings began to be built. Early baptismal fonts were either cruciform (cross-shaped) or octagonal (eight-sided). Those adults and children being baptized took off their clothing, were baptized naked, and then were clothed in a new white robe, signifying their new life in Christ. The cruciform fonts declared that Baptism is always into Jesus’ death and resurrection. Octagonal fonts declared Baptism is the new creation that began on the eighth day, the day the Lord Jesus rose from the dead.

When we are baptized into Christ’s death, the blood of Christ is spread over the lives of the baptized, and the angel of death will now pass over us forever. Just as Christ Jesus is risen from the dead, so will those who have been buried with Him in Baptism. Just as the Lord God freed Israel from bondage in Egypt and brought them safely through the water to be His redeemed people, so Baptism into Christ’s death frees the baptized from slavery to sin, death, and the devil, and we are raised to be His own forever. Just as the Lord God fed His people with manna in the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land, so He now feeds us with the true Body and most precious Blood of Jesus, the Bread of Life (see John 6:51ff.), as we pass through the wilderness of this life to the Promised Land, a new heaven and a new earth (see Rev. 21)!

We celebrate Easter, the queen of seasons, for a week of Sundays, and these fifty days culminate with the celebration of Pentecost, the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Join us each Sunday in Easter and joyfully proclaim the Church’s victory cry: “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”


The 4th Sunday of Easter

We welcome you in the Crucified and Risen Jesus’ name to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday with us, April 21-22, 2018. Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS, preaches the sermon: “For Our Salvation: Shepherd of His Flock” (John 10:11-18). The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 6 p.m. on Saturday and at 8:30 & 11 a.m. on Sunday. Evening Prayer is sung every Monday at 6:30 p.m. following a conversational Bible study in the nave at 6 p.m.

From the console of our 25-rank Austin Pipe Organ with trompette-en-chamade, Bill Glisson leads the congregation in singing joyous hymns: “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us” (Entrance); “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (Hymn of the Day); “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” (Recessional); Psalm Hymn (at 11 a.m.) “The Lord’s My Shepherd”; Distribution Hymns (at 11 a.m.) “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” and “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb.” The Adult Choir anthem at 11 a.m. is “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” by Carter.


The Joyful Noise Ensemble leads the 8:30 a.m. Chicago Folk Service Eucharist: “Have No Fear, Little Flock” (Gathering); “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (Hymn of the Day); “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” (Sending). The Offertory anthem is “Shepherd Me, O God.” Distribution hymn: “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart.”


The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

[The scripture in German reads: “I am the Good Shepherd.”]

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

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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

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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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