St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


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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!

Share the joy of Christ’s resurrection with us as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on May 23-24. Our preaching text is Ezekiel 37:1-14, the valley of dry bones prophecy, and the theme is “The Spirit of God in You.”  The Rite of Confirmation for four confirmands will be celebrated at 11 a.m. The hymns include: (on Saturday) “Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart” and (on Sunday), “O Day Full of Grace”; “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest “; “God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind”; Distribution hymns at 11 include:”Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart”, “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”; and “Holy Spirit Truth Divine.” The choir sings “Breath of God” at 11 a.m. Joyful Noise leads the 8:30 a.m. Eucharist. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

At. St. Matthew’s, we are not at all musically rigid, but we do sing hymns with spiritual depth and musical integrity in a variety of styles and from many sources. We believe the Scriptures when they declare: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), which means 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!

Here’s a quick link to register for our “Everest” Vacation Bible School, June 14-19, 5:45-8 p.m. nightly.

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 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm (High School) .

Music Practice Schedule:

12:30pm Sunday — Luther Choir (age 4-5th grade)

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

5pm Wednesday — Supper Fellowship (during spring and fall semesters)