Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am
Mountain Top Experience
on February 18th, 2022
Being in the Holy Land helped to rearrange the furniture in my brain and better picture the stories in the bible better. It has helped me to understand some of the little details and to read the bible a little more closely.  Read More
Super Bowl and the Bread of Life
on February 11th, 2022
But I will admit that the top ten list doesn’t appear to be terribly healthy. But hey, it’s the Super Bowl, right? Let me tell you what is healthy, ...  Read More
Believing Without Seeing
on February 4th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,For this week in worship, please read John 4:46-54. It is a fascinating account of a man who is desperate for Jesus’ help. The man, a royal government official, has a young son who is sick, even to the point of near death. This man has probably never met Jesus before, but he has undoubtedly heard about him. As I said, he is desperate, so he’ll do anything to try and save his son.T...  Read More
Giving Witness to Jesus
on January 28th, 2022
... the effect that this water (a relationship with Jesus) has on the Woman at the Well. When she encounters Jesus, she is changed. And she ultimately runs back to her town and tells all the people about Jesus and the life he provides. She becomes not just a disciple (learner), but an apostle (one who is sent).  Read More
Holy Encounters with Jesus
on January 21st, 2022
we are let in on a beautiful and intriguing conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee named Nicodemus (See John 3:1-21). Nicodemus had heard about Jesus. He apparently had even heard Jesus teach and preach. And Nicodemus was curious. He was looking for something missing in his life, and he wondered if Jesus could possibly ...   Read More
Meet Hate with Love
on January 14th, 2022
Was he right? I wondered. Could simply acting in love in the face of hostility really make a difference?  Read More
Epiphany - Aha
on January 7th, 2022
In Jesus there is something new. Not the old ways of the Law which dictated rules which became burdens… but new wine, symbolizing a New Covenant. The way to God is not through absolute purity and a perfect adherence to a check list of do’s and don’ts, but now it is through faith in Jesus Christ. And that faith and trust gets put into action to love and serve God and neighbor.  Read More
Christ is Born
on December 23rd, 2021
Yet, on this holiest of days, we celebrate once again the reality of God’s love entering our world and our lives in a person, Jesus, God’s Son. And so, on behalf of the entire Gloria Dei staff, “Merry Christmas!”  Read More
God's Peaceful Kingdom
on December 17th, 2021
... biblical texts of Advent is Isaiah chapter 11, verses 1 through 9. It is a vision of how God desires things to be. It is a vision of the Peaceful Kingdom of God. Wolf and Lamb, Calf and Lion, all living together peacefully; not devouring one another; not seeking harm to the other. Of course, the animal kingdom serves as a metaphor for how God envisions things amongst us humans.  Read More
The Gift of Worship
on December 10th, 2021
God has placed into the very fabric of creation the gift of Sabbath. Genesis tells us that on the seventh day, God rested. The 3rd Commandment says it well. We are to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy”. It is healthy and good for us to take time regularly to rest and to worship God.  Read More
Advent/Christmas Schedule
on December 3rd, 2021
I simply want to remind you of some of what is happening at Gloria Dei this month.   Read More
A Time to Meet Jesus
on November 26th, 2021
During Advent, take some time alone and dwell on the reality that God really does love you. As we come out of our National Day of Thanksgiving, pause and give thanks for the truth of God becoming flesh in the person of Jesus. For you! For you! For you!  Read More
I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You
on November 19th, 2021
As you know, this weekend is Pastor Dwight’s last weekend with us in worship. He will be retiring from professional ministry, but will continue, like all of us, to let his light shine for Christ in many and various ways. “To you, Pastor Dwight, we say Thank You!” We have been blessed by Dwight’s ministry among us. For these past eight years he has served faithfully as our first Executive Pastor / COO. In all, Dwight has been a pastor for 42 years. Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!  Read More
RENEW Isaiah 40:31
on November 12th, 2021
We remain strong in our commitment to be gospel-centered and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all. And we remain strong in our commitment to join with God in taking care of one another, both within and outside of this congregation, spiritually and physically.  Read More
All Saints
on November 5th, 2021
As we approach All Saints weekend, take time to give thanks to God for all the people who have mentored you in the faith. Your faith is a gift from God, and it has been passed on to you by a multitude of saints in your life. This weekend is truly a weekend to give thanks. One of the living saints of God who has made a lasting impact not only on me and our staff, but also on this whole congregation, is Pastor Dwight Stensgaard. As you know, Pastor Dwight has announced his retirement. Sunday, November 21, will be Dwight’s last Sunday at Gloria Dei.  Read More
Reformation and Confirmation
on October 29th, 2021
In conjunction with Reformation, a large group of 9th graders will be making public profession of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. We call this confirmation… a profound confirming, or affirming, of God’s promises made to them at their baptisms.  Read More
The Greatest of These is Love
on October 22nd, 2021
The Christian faith starts and ends with love. “For God so loved…” It is at the heart of the good news. And when that love, freely given as a gift, gets a hold of a people, it leads to lives filled with overflowing love for God and neighbor.  Read More
Soaring Like Eagles
on October 15th, 2021
Every single one of us, at times, needs renewal. These past two years the world has faced a global pandemic. In our own country we’ve seen division and disunity running rampant. Maybe you’ve faced hardships in your life. Maybe you’re just plain tired.  Read More