St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


Bill Paris Christmas photo

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!

We invite you to celebrate with us the birth of God’s Son Jesus, the promised King from David’s family at the following services:

Our 11th annual German Christmas (Weihnachtsfest Gottesdienst) celebration is on Saturday, December 20, at noon. The service is entirely in German with an English translation provided in the service bulletin.

On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, the children proclaim the Christmas Gospel at our 5pm Candlelight Eucharist. Special music featuring children and youth begins at 4:30pm.

Later on Christmas Eve, at 8:30pm, our 2nd Candlelight Eucharist includes many beloved Christmas carols and a sermon. Special music featuring solos and ensembles begins at 8pm.

Finally on Christmas Eve, at 11pm, we celebrate the Solemn High Christ Mass. This also is a candlelight Eucharist with sermon. Our excellent adult choir leads the congregation in singing beloved Christmas carols. Members of the choir provide special music beginning at 10:30pm.

A nursery is available at the 5 and 8:30pm candlelight Eucharists.

We celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents on the weekend of December 27-28, the 2nd Sunday of Christmass on January 3-4, and the Epiphany of our Lord on Tuesday, January 6, at noon and 7pm.

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

If you would like any event posted on this web site, weekly bulletin, newsletter or web site calendar, please submit all the necessary information to Donna Capozio the church Administrative Assistant or Cherry Horn, the church Secretary.

For immediate update of the web site, you can e-mail the Webmaster directly.

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)