GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN (ELCA)

219 N. 6th Ave. E., Duluth, MN 55805

218- 722-3381

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WELCOME TO GLORIA DEI

Welcome to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a city-wide and globally-connected parish committed to ministry in the Hillside neighborhood of Duluth, MN. Gloria Dei is a member of the Northeastern MN Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Gloria Dei is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Duluth and the region, but it sees God’s redeeming love active in the world today and embraces a vision for God’s mission that gathers together people wonderfully diverse in age, race, ability, background, and experience. Gloria Dei is also a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Church, meaning that we welcome and strive to incorporate all persons, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, into full participation in the church. We welcome you to join us for worship or one of our many special community or ministry events.

CURRENT EVENTS

Healing Service - Oct 19

A fundraising dinner for Gloria Dei’s Free Neighborhood Breakfast
Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W College St. 
     * Dinner menu includes Indian cuisine buffet (gluten-free, with both meat and vegetarian options) and dessert.  
     Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's free monthly neighborhood breakfast started in January 2006 and every 4th Saturday now serves near 200.  This ministry of hospitality to the hungry is funded by Gloria Dei's budget and friends in the community.  Select a table captain and join us at this delicious dinner to support the breakfast.
     Join a table of 10 in your congregation!  Free will donation. Reservations and questions - Contact Carol Kelley of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,

8:45 a.m. Intergenerational Sunday School – “Holy Parables!”
Installation of Sunday School Teachers and Sunday School meeting after worship (Lakeside Rm)

During worship we will incorporate the Order of Healing (ELW pp. 276-78) into the service, which includes the Prayers of Intercession, the Laying On of Hands, and a Blessing.  A traditional time of the church year to incorporate these prayers of healing is on the Sunday closest to the day commemorating St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician, recognized Oct. 18. Gathered by the Holy Spirit around Jesus Christ, the Word of salvation, we pray for all medical workers and caregivers and for God’s healing in all its dimensions. 


SANTLUCIA—DEC 8 After worship join us downstairs during coffee hour for the telling of Santa Lucia by Ebba Brooks.  All children are invited to participate too, with costumes, singing, and distributing treats.  Though little is known about her, she is remembered as someone who devoted her life to God and her possessions to the poor.  Her celebration became particularly important in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (the name means “light”) originally fell on the shortest day of the year.  A tradition arose of a girl in the household, wearing a crown of candles, bringing saffron rolls to her family early in the morning on the day of Lucia.  
 
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DEC 15 – The Sunday School again recreates the nativity story during the worship hour on December 15.  Please note: there will also be a rehearsal for the Christmas Program on Saturday morning, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Many thanks to Steve & Sherry Dalager for coordinating this special service again this year—all children are invited to participate!

Reformation Sunday - Oct 26 

A fundraising dinner for Gloria Dei’s Free Neighborhood Breakfast
Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W College St. 
     * Dinner menu includes Indian cuisine buffet (gluten-free, with both meat and vegetarian options) and dessert.  
     Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's free monthly neighborhood breakfast started in January 2006 and every 4th Saturday now serves near 200.  This ministry of hospitality to the hungry is funded by Gloria Dei's budget and friends in the community.  Select a table captain and join us at this delicious dinner to support the breakfast.
     Join a table of 10 in your congregation!  Free will donation. Reservations and questions - Contact Carol Kelley of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,

8:45 a.m. Intergenerational Sunday School – “Holy Parables!”
Installation of Sunday School Teachers and Sunday School meeting after worship (Lakeside Rm)

History books claim that the Reformation began with the sound of “bam-bam-bam” as Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. But there’s another Reformation sound—one that has lasted for generations—the sound of congregational singing!

    Luther loved music. He called it the greatest treasure in all the world, second only to the Word of God. He once said, “I have no use for cranks who despise music…. Music drives away the devil and makes people cheerful.” In fact, he went so far as to say that “any person who does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being….”

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    One of Luther’s great gifts to the whole church was the introduction of congregational hymn singing in worship. Luther himself was a singer, a lute player, a composer, and a hymn writer. Sixteen of his hymns are in our ELW hymnal. But it didn’t stop there—his own use of hymns paved the way for generations of hymn writing—from J.S. Bach, Isaac Watts, and John Wesley to John Ylvisaker, Marty Haugen, and Dakota Road to our own Doug Maguire and Steve Dalager to global music from Asia and Africa, Eastern Europe and South America—the far  corners of the earth.

    What better way to celebrate Reformation Sunday than with a hymn sing?! Join the choir, brass and tympani, children and adults as we sing and sing and sing in worship on October 26. We’re Lutherans—we can do it! Sometimes words set to music are the most powerful words of all.

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