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

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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.


Lent 2015

Sundays During Lent

Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22

10:00 a.m. worship with Holy Communion

11:30 a.m. class for new members and seekers with lunch

Wednesdays in Lent

Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, & 25

5:15 Soup Supper (Hillside Room)

5:45 Dwelling in the Word: “The Sermon on the Mount”

   led by Jim Bailey and Pastor David - see study book, below

7:00 Evening Worship and prayer at the cross

Thanks to artist Joel Cooper for permission to display this print. >>

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Lent Wednesday Study Book

Contrast Community: Practicing the Sermon on the Mount by James Bailey (2013).  This will be our focus for Lent Wednesdays, co-led by the author and Pastor David. 

    No portion of Scripture has been more influential in renewing church and society than Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  This book invites us into a transformative engagement with the text, the cultural context, and its meaning for us today.  Its approach challenges faith communities not only to study the Sermon on the Mount but to begin practicing these radical teachings of Jesus. 

    All sessions on Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 in the Hillside Room:

       Feb 25: Freed from Nursing Anger (Matt 5:21-26)

       Mar 4: Challenged to Value Women (Matt 5:27-32)

       Mar 11: Trusted Truth-Tellers (Matt 5:33-37)

       Mar 18: Risking Non-Violent Power (Matt 5:38-42)

       Mar 25: Open to Enemies (Matt 5:43-48)

    Jim Bailey is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  We look forward to this rich opportunity for learning and growing in faith together!  Books are not required for the sessions but will provide helpful insights for these and future conversations.  Books are available at a discounted rate of $15 – order through the church office (722-3381) by Tuesday, Feb 10. 

St. Matthew Passion & Symposium with Dr. Martin Marty
Mar 27-29 at First Lutheran, Duluth

The Arrowhead Chorale, jointly with the UMD University Singers, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and a local chamber orchestra and chamber choir from local churches will offer to the Twin Ports Community a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion.  The entire work will be sung in German (the audience will see English supertitles).  Dr. Stanley Wold, Director of Music at Gloria Dei, is the conductor.

    Friday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at First Lutheran Church

    Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 PM at First Lutheran Church

Tickets are available at the UMD Box Office.

     There is also a special Symposium to be held on Saturday, March 28 at First Lutheran Church.  Featured at this Symposium will be Dr. Martin Marty, prominent church historian, and Dr. Timothy Stalter, tenor, Evangelist soloist for the performance.  More information about registration for the symposium is listed at 

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!
Gloria Dei Launches Online Giving
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