Ponder The Cross
on May 7th, 2021
But then she looked up and saw the church in middle of the city with its big Cross stretching to the sky. “I know the Cross”, she said. “Take me to the Cross and I can find my way home from there.”
Draft Day, the Vikings, and Abraham
on April 30th, 2021
I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but Abraham and Sarah are kind of like the Vikings and the new players they will be choosing.
This and That
on April 23rd, 2021
And along with that, I’ve had these questions posed many times “When will we be able to not wear masks in worship? And when will be able to stop sitting in every other row in the sanctuary?” Great questions. So glad you asked.
on April 16th, 2021
Two of our long time, beloved, staff members are retiring at the end of this month. ... Everyone is welcome and invited to celebrate these two remarkable women. If you’d like, you can mail cards to the church for them, or we will have a card basket at the above-mentioned celebration events.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
on April 9th, 2021
Now, this week after Easter, we still proclaim that Christ has been raised from the dead. Luke continues the Easter story with Jesus’ appearance to two people on the road to Emmaus.
For God So Loved
on April 2nd, 2021
Why? Why would Jesus do this? Why would God go through the sorrow of seeing his very own Son die on a cross? There is only one answer. And that answer is ...
Palm Sunday and the Installation of our New Pastor
on March 26th, 2021
Some 2000 years ago, as Jesus walked the road, people were lining the streets, waving their palm branches and hailing him as their king. “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they shouted in celebration. Many years before Jesus, David was the greatest of all the kings of Israel. The people in Jesus’ day were celebrating because they saw in Jesus a new king who would be like David and put the nation of Israel back on top of the political world, with military strength and might.
Signs of New Life
on March 19th, 2021
Hello Gloria Dei,As we move this weekend toward the official start of Spring, we are reminded of course of new life. And while the COVID pandemic continues to wreak its havoc on our world, there are signs that we are moving rapidly in a positive direction. There are signs of new life.Over this past year Gloria Dei, along with so many other churches, businesses, schools and organizations, has had t...
on March 12th, 2021
As more and more people become vaccinated, we are seeing a larger number of people gathering in person for worship, education, fellowship, and service opportunities. Praise God! This is what we want and long for. God has created us to be together.
on March 5th, 2021
The purpose of preaching is not just to get us to change our behavior. Rather, it is to change our hearts. Changed hearts lead to changed and transformed lives. Changed hearts lead to joy-filled living. Changed hearts lead to serving others not because we have to, but because we want to. Changed hearts can’t help but give glory and praise to God.
Musing About Camp
on February 26th, 2021
Since mid January I have been thinking about this coming summer. Thoughts of swimming in the lake, kayaking, boating, campfires, worshiping around the campfires, hiking, riding horses, praising God in the great outdoors.
The Heart of Christ
on February 19th, 2021
The weather is finally looking a little better and the polar vortex is finally receding north where it belongs. I plan to ...
Ash Wednesday Services and Welcome Pastor Amy Martinell
on February 12th, 2021
When I was kid my mom and I would watch movies together. I don’t know that there was ever a movie that she didn’t fall asleep in the middle of. The last 10-15 minutes of the movie she would wake up and ask ...
Surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses
on February 5th, 2021
I’ll be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, late afternoon. Maybe you will be too. I don’t particularly care who wins the game this year, as I like both the Chiefs and the Buccaneers. The game has some unique storylines… with the Chiefs being defending champs… and with Tom Brady in the big game… Again. One of the unique things about Sunday’s game is that there will be a limited number of fans allowed ...
The Nurturing of Relationships
on January 29th, 2021
It was my older sister’s birthday yesterday. She is about a year and a half older than me. As we spoke on the phone yesterday, it was so fun to reminisce ...
Students of the Bible and Followers of Christ
on January 22nd, 2021
I love learning. Particularly, I love learning about literature. I love learning the background of a particular author. I love learning about the context in which the author writes. And I love learning about the different layers of meaning going on in a particular novel or short story. As an English major in college, I was fascinated, and quite frankly, amazed at how much meaning and significance is to be found within literature.
Forgiveness: Our Greatest Need
on January 15th, 2021
... from Luke 5, Jesus is teaching at someone’s house and it gets pretty crowded. Some friends bring a friend of theirs to Jesus for healing. The man is paralyzed. Not able to get in through the crowded front door, the man is lowered into the living room through the roof. The surprising thing about Jesus in this story is that instead of ...
Annual Meeting and the Calling of An Associate Pastor
on January 8th, 2021
I know this past year has brought with it many changes and challenges. As we begin 2021 let’s continue to lift our world up to God in prayer, in full trust that God loves each one of us unconditionally. And despite the changes and challenges of life, the gospel news of God’s love for this world, centered in Jesus Christ, never changes.