Posts with the category “friday-followings”
Growing in Christ “I Am the Vine, You are the Branches”
by Gloria Dei on September 17th, 2021
When I was learning to drive way back at age 15, my two older brothers, Mark and Dan, took it upon themselves to teach me how to drive a manual transmission car. I was appreciative. Mark drove a Toyota Corolla (or Corona, I don’t recall) and Dan drove a Ford Pinto (anyone remember the Pinto?). Both cars were manual transmission, complete with stick shift and clutch. As they were teaching me, the number one lesson was to ...
Living in Faith Together
by Gloria Dei on September 10th, 2021
From the very beginning of time, God has placed us in families and in communities. We are meant to do life with one another. We are meant to be together. I want to cordially invite you to Gloria Dei this weekend.
by Gloria Dei on September 3rd, 2021
At our staff meeting this week we asked ourselves a two-fold question. “What renews you in your life?” And “What renews you in your faith?” Our answers were many and varied, and we shared them together in groups of three or four.
Thank You! You Are Needed!
by Gloria Dei on August 27th, 2021
Hello Gloria Dei,As we move toward the end of summer and into the busy-ness of fall, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for your continued commitment to what God is doing in and through Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Through your giving of time, talent, and treasure, Gloria Dei remains strong and poised to continue the gospel work to which it is called, centered in the saving grace of Jesus....
Is There Any Good News to Share
by Gloria Dei on August 19th, 2021
... I was watching the evening news. I heard the warnings from the UN on global warming. I saw the alarming footage of what is taking place in Afghanistan. I heard reports and saw pictures of the very difficult situation in Haiti, made even more dire by the recent earthquake. I saw the devastation wrought by the Dixie fire in California. And on it went. And I thought to myself, “What is going on? The world is out of control.”
Stories are Important
by Gloria Dei on August 13th, 2021
When I was young, I loved hearing bedtime stories. I’ll bet you did too. When we became parents, ...
LIFT Living In Faith Together
by Gloria Dei on August 6th, 2021
LIFT: Living in Faith Together. Even through these past 18 months, God has been at work. Through livestream worship; through Zoom Bible Study and Fellowship opportunities; through online confirmation, and through caring ministries, we have continued to Live in Faith Together. However, I can’t tell you how great it is to be together.
Calm Some Storms
by Gloria Dei on July 23rd, 2021
Hey there Gloria Dei! Pastor Chris, here, filling in for Pastor Tim with this Friday Followings. I hope you’re having a great week and looking forward to the weekend. If you’re around in Sioux Falls this weekend, I hope you can ...
My Cup Overflows
by Gloria Dei on July 16th, 2021
Dear friends, have you ever noticed how wet your table is?
Keep the Campfires Burning
by Gloria Dei on July 9th, 2021
these camps offers tremendous opportunities for children, youth, and adults of all ages to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and to have faith strengthened and nurtured in fellowship with others. In addition, LOSD camping ministry is Christ-Centered and provides Christian leadership skills for counselors and campers alike.
Liberty and Justice for All
by Gloria Dei on July 2nd, 2021
And while our country is far from perfect… it has sins and scars in its past and in its present… we can and should give thanks to God every day for these United States of America.
Does The Bible Really Say That? (Week Four)
by Gloria Dei on June 25th, 2021
What does it mean that we have “died to sin” and even now “have been raised to new life?” And if we are saved by grace, should we, as the apostle Paul asks, “Continue to sin so that grace may abound?” We’ll explore these questions this weekend.
Does the Bible Really Say That? (Week Three)
by Gloria Dei on June 18th, 2021
Our society today is filled with people searching for truth, searching for meaning, searching for purpose, and searching for abundant and eternal life. Certainly, this isn’t new with our current generation; nonetheless, a longing to “fill the hole in my soul” is prevalent in our world today.
Does The Bible Really Say That? (Week Two)
by Gloria Dei on June 11th, 2021
... hone in on the phrase “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” No doubt you’ve either heard it or said it. It is meant to bring comfort. I invite you to think about that phrase. What does it say about God? What implications does it have if you push it out far enough? Is it helpful? If so, how, when, and why? If not, why not?
Does the Bible Really Say That?
by Gloria Dei on June 4th, 2021
... we will dive together into the phrase that maybe you’ve either said to others, or they have said to you. The phrase is this: Everything Happens for a Reason
Freedom and Unity Found in Christ
by Gloria Dei on May 28th, 2021
I know we are living in challenging times. It seems that this great country of ours is becoming more and more divided: Divided on issues facing us; divided politically; divided even when it comes to faith in God. This certainly is not unique for our generation, but it does seem that the noise of division is getting louder and louder.
Ministry in Motion – Mission Update A Bus, A Mobile Salon, and Jesus
by Gloria Dei on May 21st, 2021
Early in 2020 Gloria Dei embarked on a special giving appeal to raise $50,000 for what we called “Ministry in Motion.” This congregation responded in great fashion, both with monetary contributions, but also with the time and talent to support this initiative.
Thank You All
by Gloria Dei on May 14th, 2021
Members and friends of Gloria Dei, I want to take this opportunity to say a big word of thanks to all of you. First of all, for your patience, understanding, and great spirit through this past year and a half. The COVID 19 time has been challenging, to say the least, but you have continued your commitment to the work of God at Gloria Dei.
Ponder The Cross
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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.
by Gloria Dei 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!
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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...
by Gloria Dei 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.
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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.
Happy New Year
by Gloria Dei on January 1st, 2021
by Gloria Dei on December 25th, 2020
Merry Christmas from your Pastors
by Gloria Dei on December 18th, 2020
As the season of Advent winds to a close this weekend and the celebration of Christmas is almost here, we want to ...
Watching Preparing Rejoicing
by Gloria Dei on December 11th, 2020
And while this year, 2020, is very different in many ways, we want to share with you the message of Christmas through ...