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 St. Augustine of Hippo on August 27-28. Pastor Zumwalt preaches: “Servants of God: St. Augustine” (Ezekiel 34:11-16). 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: “We Praise You and Acknowledge You” (Entrance hymn paraphrase of the Te Deum); “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (Hymn of the Day); and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Recessional hymn). The Distribution hymn is “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart.”

Special music will be provided by outgoing Adult Choir Director, Amy Tucker Morgan.

At the 11 a.m. Eucharist, Pastors Peter Hoyer, Marvin Schedler, Robert Weeks, Robert Kuppler, and Dale Kemppainen will serve as assisting minister, lectors, and eucharistic ministers. Together the six pastors in our congregation represent 246 years of pastoral service. We honor them on this St. Augustine’s Day along with our Director of Music, Bill Glisson, on his birthday.

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

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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