St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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



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 Feast of the Reformation on October 29-30. The Rev. Dr. David Brooks, STS, our guest preacher, will deliver the sermon “The Heart of the Matter”  (Jeremiah 31:31-34). 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: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Entrance hymn); “Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness” (Sequence Hymn); and “The Church’s One Foundation” (6 pm Recessional); “Built on the Rock” (Sunday Recessional). The Sunday distribution hymns are “Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word” and “The Church’s One Foundation.”

The Adult Choir provides special music at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The Bell Choir and Brass Ensemble play at 8:30 and 11, and the Luther (Children’s) Choir also provides music at the 11 a.m. Eucharist. Six pastors will serve the people of God with the Word and Sacraments at the 11 a.m. Eucharist.

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

Lutheran Campus Ministry

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