Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am


God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening… That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.
–Psalm 19:1-2, 6-7 (The Message Translation)

Hi Gloria Dei,

I’ve had a nice break from my regular routine over the past few weeks. Part of that time was devoted to some continuing education. I took an online preaching course. The course consisted of fourteen sessions. I loved it, as it provided some great reminders of things I’ve known and also some new ways of thinking about preaching and the proclamation of God’s Word.
One of the keys I took from this course is a solid reminder that the reading and proclamation of God’s Word is meant not just to provide information, but rather, its purpose is to bring about transformation.

Now, I know information is essential. To know the details of the story of God and the story of salvation in both the Old and New Testaments is incredibly important. God’s Creation, the choosing of Sarah and Abraham, the nation of Israel, Moses, Mt. Sinai, the Judges, the Kings, the Prophets. Jesus being born in Bethlehem, his ministry around the Sea of Galilee, his miracles, teachings, and finally his death and resurrection. And then the story of the early church, depicted for us in the book of Acts and in Paul’s letters to the churches. Get to know the details. Get to know the information. The story of salvation and its details are so interesting and important to know.

Yet the purpose of God’s Word goes way beyond just knowing the information. God’s Word carries with it the power of transformation. As you hear God’s word proclaimed and as you read and study it, let the beauty of God and the Good News of your salvation soak into and envelope your very being. As the verses I quoted above say so beautifully from Psalm 19, even God’s creation shines God’s beauty, bringing about faith and trust in the One who is so majestic, so great, and so good.

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.

For this weekend’s worship we continue within the Gospel of Luke. Please read Luke chapters 13 and 14. I will focus my preaching on Luke 13:10-17. I pray that the word of God will not only provide you with information, but will ultimately bring about transformation.

In closing I want to lift up one among us who has been so important in our faith community, bringing God’s word of care, comfort, and salvation to all of us in a way that truly brings about transformation. I’m speaking about our Faith Community Nurse, Judi Schwerin. Judi will be retiring from her position on staff at Gloria Dei on May 1st. As you have opportunity, please thank Judi for her superb ministry of caring.

On Sunday, April 25, following the second morning worship service, we will be having a time to formally say thank you to Judi. Please watch for further details.

See you in worship, either in person or online.

Pastor Tim
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