St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


Dear Visitor,

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!

Join us on January 21-22 as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt will deliver the sermon “The Gift of God: Sinners’ Gatherer” (Matthew 4:12-23). Bill Glisson leads from our 25-rank Austin organ the singing of joyous hymns: “The People That in Darkness Sat” (Entrance Hymn); “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (Hymn of the Day); and “I Love to Tell the Story” (Recessional Hymn). The Sunday 11 a.m. distribution hymns are “Here I Am, Lord” and “Will You Come and Follow Me?” The Adult Choir leads the 11 a.m. Eucharist.

Deb Ebert and the Joyful Noise Ensemble lead the complete “Chicago Folk Service” at 8:30 a.m. (and every 2nd & 4th Sunday hereafter at 8:30 a.m.). Guitarist Paul Ebert played on the original album of the “Chicago Folk Service.” Hymns and spiritual songs for this Sunday include: “We Are Called”; “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”; and “Step by Step.”

With the prophet Elijah, we believe that God is best heard in a still small voice rather than in wall-to-wall 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

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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