St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church – A Discipleship Center, Wilmington, NC

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Vanity of vanities Qoheleth

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!

Join us for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost on July 30-31. Pastor Zumwalt preaches: “Servants of God: Qoheleth” (Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23). For traditional worship on Saturday at 6 pm and on Sunday at 8:30 and 11 am, Bill Glisson leads from our 25-rank Austin organ the singing of joyous hymns: “Praise and Thanksgiving” (Entrance hymn); “Lord of All Hopefulness” (Hymn of the Day); and “God of Grace and God of Glory” (Recessional). The Sunday distribution hymn is: “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me.” Special music will be provided at all three Eucharists.

Believing the witness of Scripture that, like the prophet Elijah, we often encounter God in the still small voice, we don’t have to surround ourselves with nonstop loud noise.

When you worship at St. Matthew’s, you hear God’s No (His Law) and God’s Yes (His Gospel) proclaimed from the pulpit to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. There’s no soft-sell, bait-and-switch, smiling legalism with a lot of pop psychology and very little Jesus. It’s actually bracing to know we always need a Savior every day and that we cannot by our own reason or effort believe in Him or come to Him. We don’t tell you what to do. We tell you what He has done for sinners and what it means to be grateful day by day.

So…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

www.societyholytrinity.org

szumwalt@bellsouth.net

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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

Lutheran Campus Ministry

7pm Sunday — Supper Fellowship in St. Matt’s McSwain Center