St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

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


Dear Visitor,

2017 is a banner year at St. Matthew’s. The Lutheran Reformation of the Church began 500 years ago, and St. Matthew’s was founded 125 years ago as the first Lutheran congregation in Wilmington to worship in English.

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!

WELCOME IN THE NAME OF JESUS!  This weekend we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Easter on April 29-30 at 6 p.m., 8:30, & 11 a.m.  Pr. Sam Zumwalt preaches: “God’s Proper Work: Broken For You!” (Luke 24:13-35). Traditional worship hymns include: “The Day of Resurrection” (Saturday Entrance Hymn); “This Joyful Eastertide” (11 a.m. Entrance Hymn); Hymn of the Day: “Eat This Bread” (sung with cantor); Recessional Hymn: “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!” Sunday 11 a.m. distribution hymns are: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” and “The Day of Resurrection.” Bill Glisson leads from the organ bench at the 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. Eucharists. The Handbell Choir and Adult Choir help to lead the 11 a.m. Eucharist.
The Joyful Noise Ensemble leads the Chicago Folk Service Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Entrance hymn: “Let Us Talents & Tongues Employ”; Sermon hymn: “Eat This Bread”; Distribution hymn: “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart.”
The Lord Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
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