Posts with the category “friday-followings”
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 ...
Christmas Eve Schedule
by Gloria Dei on December 4th, 2020
... honest about our need for God; being honest about our need for a Savior; being honest about the purpose that comes from confessing Jesus as Lord of our lives… all of this prepares us once again for the celebration of Christmas. So how about if we all focus these days on being honest with God.
A Pause in Programming Giving Thanks Often and Always
by Gloria Dei on November 27th, 2020
As for worship. We know this is essential for all of us. Providing both in-person and online options gives everyone a choice. As for now, our in-person numbers are manageable ...
Christ the King
by Gloria Dei on November 20th, 2020
After having shared the story of Jesus all year long, from his birth, to his public ministry filled with teachings, healings and miracles, to his death on the cross and glorious resurrection, we lift up Jesus as King.
Thank You Gloria Dei!
by Gloria Dei on November 13th, 2020
This congregation, while belonging to God, is powered by all of you and the countless numbers of volunteer hours you provide for this ministry.
Livestream Stewardship Event and Link Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
by Gloria Dei on November 6th, 2020
... how the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ not only saves us but launches us ...
A Few Reminders
by Gloria Dei on October 30th, 2020
All Saints weekend ... Confirmation / Affirmation of Baptism celebration ... Livestream Stewardship ... Consecration Weekend ... Set your Clocks Back ...
by Gloria Dei on October 23rd, 2020
Over these next two weekends we are so blessed to have a large group of 9th graders making public profession of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. We call this confirmation… a profound confirming of God’s promises made to them at their baptisms.
by Gloria Dei on October 16th, 2020
Back to my question in the title. Why Vision? Why are we doing all of this? Why are we working so hard at looking forward into 2021 and well beyond? Why not sit back and rest on our laurels? Why move forward when it takes so much effort?
The Reliability and Faithfulness of God
by Gloria Dei on October 9th, 2020
Our backyard faces east. I often will go onto our back porch with a cup of coffee in the morning and watch the sun come up. As I did that this week, I was reminded ...
IMAGINING THE VISION
by Gloria Dei on October 2nd, 2020
This weekend I will begin a seven-week preaching series entitled IMAGINE. Together we will be imagining both God’s call on our individual lives, but also God’s call to ...
The Joy of Being Together
by Gloria Dei on September 25th, 2020
What struck me was that there was no inhibition about playing catch with someone you didn’t know. Just the joy of playing catch together.
A Letter from the Gloria Dei Church Council
by Gloria Dei on September 18th, 2020
A church of course isn’t a business. A church does, however, have business. We also are living in some strange times with Covid-19. Accordingly, we want to take a moment and update you on how we have been handling some of Gloria Dei’s business during this pandemic.
Do Not Be Afraid
by Gloria Dei on September 11th, 2020
Watch for God. He is with you always and he speaks in various ways. And as he does, he brings you the assurance that faith in Christ casts out fear. Be Not Afraid. Live courageously in Christ.
God's Calling On Our Lives
by Gloria Dei on September 4th, 2020
... Jonah and then moved on to Ruth, then David, then Paul, and this week Barnabas. You and I have lots in common with these biblical characters. We are people who journey through life looking ...
The Farmer, Blinking Back His Tears
by Gloria Dei on August 28th, 2020
I’ve been saving it for a special occasion, and that occasion is today! It is based on the Gospel of…. Pardon this Interruption, this is Jon Sogn ...
How Long, O Lord?
by Gloria Dei on August 21st, 2020
Perhaps the psalmist sighs these lyrics, their pain and longing so deep there are no other words. Perhaps they shout the words out of frustration or anger. Or maybe they cry them, cheeks stained with unending tears. “How long, O Lord?”
Keep Church Weird
by Gloria Dei on August 14th, 2020
Keeping church weird is a way of acknowledging that God exists outside of the boxes we like to put God in ...
by Gloria Dei on August 7th, 2020
Last weekend, and this coming week during worship, we have been digging into the book of Ruth. The book of Ruth is about how God is always working in and through ...
Imagine Stewardship Campaign
by Gloria Dei on July 31st, 2020
... let us take a moment to think and thank God for life and how he fills our lives full of his grace. We are so blessed each day with the many blessings that God rains down upon us. We have a good and gracious God who opens wide ...