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!

Join us on February 13-14, as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist on the First Sunday in Lent at 6pm, 8:30 and 11am. Our preaching theme is “Searching Questions: Whose Are You?” (Deuteronomy 26:1-11). Luke’s Gospel lesson tells of the unsuccessful temptation of the Lord Jesus by the old evil foe.

Bill Glisson leads the congregation in the singing of powerful hymns from our 25 rank Austin organ at 6pm and 11am. The adult choir helps to lead the 11 a.m. Eucharist. The Great Litany replaces the confession of sins and the entrance hymn. The Hymn of the Day is “A Mighty Fortress,” and the Recessional hymn is “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer.” Distribution hymns include: “On Eagle’s Wings” and “O Christ, You Walked the Road.”

Joyful Noise leads the congregation in the singing of spiritual hymns and songs at the 8:30 a.m. Eucharist. Entrance song is “Awesome God.” Hymn of the Day is “A Mighty Fortress.” Distribution hymn is “On Eagle’s Wings.” The closing song is “We Are Marching in the Light of God.”

We 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!

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

Lutheran Campus Ministry

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