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.

GLORIA DEI IS 150 YEARS OLD on SEPTEMBER 26, 2020!

Join us in celebrating our Anniversary each month as we share stories and experiences.  September 27- October 26th we celebrate our Swedish Roots.  COME SEE!

Pastor Krantz in 1st building church building

October 27 through November 26th  

The Theme is Parade of Pastors Plus

As we continue to celebrate Gloria Dei's 150th Anniversary we reflect on the ministry of Pastors who have served at Gloria Dei.  We also celebrate those congregational members of Gloria Dei who have been Called to God's ministry.  TO VIEW this theme.... Click on the photo of Pastor Krantz, preaching on Christmas Eve at our first church building before we moved to our 1906 building.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

COVID-19 Discipleship

Following CDC recommendations of eliminating gatherings of over 50 people and restricting even smaller groups for health safety now and in the coming weeks to prevent the spread of illness, church leaders have decided the following for the well being of our community:


+ WORSHIP - PLEASE STAY HOME and participate in worship through streaming online or listening on the radio. This means we are NOT gathering in person on Good Friday or Sundays.
+ ONLY those involved in leading Sunday worship, music, or streaming should be physically present.
+ MINISTRY CONTINUES – Although church group meetings in person are cancelled, groups might consider other ways to stay connected.
+ CONNECTION – our Health Cabinet is coordinating phone calls with home bound and isolated members.
+ CHURCH OFFICE will be staffed Mon-Thu 9-2 to continue coordinating our shared ministry.
+ ABUNDANCE – offerings through automatic withdrawal, giving online, and commitments in the mail are part of worship, express God’s amazing grace, and enable us to fully fund our ministries.

+ IN-PERSON MEETINGS SUSPENDED – The following in-person church group gatherings have been suspended: Coffee Hour Sundays, First Word Bible Study, Lent Wednesdays, Book Club, Men in Mission, Confirmation, Sunday School, Adult Forum, WELCA Circle meetings, Religion & Science, Earth Harmony, Health Cabinet. Group members are encouraged to stay connected.

+ THANK YOU for your understanding, prayers and action in being the Body of Christ for the sake of all.
+ PRAYER: Merciful God, you knit your people together in one communion through our baptism into Christ and the presence of your Holy Spirit. Be with us these days when gathering as a whole congregation is not possible. Unite us with all who are participating through radio and video, and worshiping in spirit. When we must be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Come to us behind closed doors with your peace, and calm our fears with your love. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer; in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen.



Listen God is Calling

During Lent on Wednesdays Mar 18, Mar 25 and Apr 1, we are NOT gathering in person for worship or soup suppers.  But we invite you to participate in any or all of these options:


1) PRAY at 7:00 p.m. when we would normally gather for worship.  You might use the prayer above, "Merciful God, you knit your people together...."  Or the prayer at the end of the Bible study reflections, below.


2) CALL STORIES - Throughout history, people of faith have sensed God calling them, nudging them, inviting them into a deeper relationship with God that would shape their lives and the lives of those around them.  

In his understanding of vocation, Martin Luther taught that we are all called by God, though we may serve faithfully in different ways.  A person didn’t need to be a monk or a nun to serve God, but in daily life and in ordinary work God is glorified.  We are thankful for pastors and laypeople from within our church family who are sharing this season about their sense of call and how they feel called by God in their lives and the work they do. (Click on CALL STORIES to view each of the weekly videos.) 


3) BIBLE STUDY - APRIL 1 - "God's Call to Bear Christ in the World"

Please take a few moments to read the passages below, key verses provided, consider the questions as a household, and join in the closing prayer.


+ Dwelling in the Word: – Luke 1:26-38 - the Annunciation 

Key verse 1:38 – “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” 

- Mary's call involved internalizing the promise of Jesus, allowing God's intentions for the world in Jesus to infuse her mind, body, and whole being. How might God's intentions become internalized in us and impact our whole lives? 

- Receptivity to bearing Christ in the world may be perplexing, fearful, and risky. How does God reassure Mary and us?

+ Dwelling in the Word: Luke 1:26-38 - the Annunciation
Key verse 1:38 – “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
- Mary's call involved internalizing the promise of Jesus, allowing God's intentions for the world in Jesus to infuse her mind, body, and whole being. How might God's intentions become internalized in us and impact our whole lives?
- Receptivity to bearing Christ in the world may be perplexing, fearful, and risky. How does God reassure Mary and us?
- Mary's response uses the word "servant," which in Greek is "doula," a word we use for midwife. In her pregnancy she acts as the midwife of God, for the new life God is bringing into the world through Jesus. What new life is God laboring to bring forth in our world today, and how are we called to be supportive?
- Mary's response uses the word "servant," which in Greek is "doula," a word we use for midwife. In her pregnancy she acts as the midwife of God, for the new life God is bringing into the world through Jesus. What new life is God laboring to bring forth in our world today, and how are we called to be supportive?

+ Dwelling in the Word: Luke 1:46-55 – the Magnificat 
Key verse 1:46 – “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” 
- In Mary's song, she "magnifies" the Lord. It is similar to John the Baptist who says of Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). How might we live in such a way as to magnify or increase God's presence of justice and love in the world? 
- Mary sings of the Lord raising up the lowly, filling the hungry with good things, bringing down the powerful and opening up the hands of the wealthy. All the verbs are past tense, that with this promised birth God has done these things. How might we live in such a way as to make God's future of justice and equity a visible reality now?

+ Dwelling in the Word: Mark 13:9-13 – persecution foretold 
Key verse 13:13 – “You will be hated by all because of my name.” 
- Bearing Christ in the world, the early church endured opposition, persecution, hatred, and even death. What oppositions does the church face today, and what encouragement does Jesus give? 
- Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship, "When Christ calls someone, he bids that person come and die." That is, die to sin, die to our own egos, die to being in control. In what areas of life do you resonate most with Jesus' prayer to the Father, "Not my will but yours be done" (Luke 22:42)?

+ Prayer: Almighty God, by the power of the Spirit you have knit your servants into the one body of your Son, Jesus Christ. Look with favor upon them in their commitment to pattern their lives on the Lord Jesus and to serve in his name. Give them courage, patience, and vision; and strengthen us all in our Christian vocation of witness to the world and service to others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (ELW p. 84 adapted)



~ GLORIA DEI WARMING CENTER ~

   CHUM (Central Hillside United Ministry) offered Gloria Dei the opportunity to partner with their homeless shelter staff.  Gloria Dei has opened its doors to provide a warm, safe space for its neighbors in the renovated Hillside Room on overly cold


   Visit our Warming Center page for more information about the Warming Center.  There is also information on that page about how you can volunteer at the GD Warming Center or how you can help warming center guests in other ways.


Live Audio and Video Streaming of Worship

Live audio streaming is available each Sunday at 10:00 a.m CST.  

   Visit our Live Audio page for instructions on how to listen. 


Live video streaming is available each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  (SORRY we didn't have audio for 3-15-20 service.  I am working on this issue.  I will be merging the video from the 3-15-20 service with the audio from the radio broadcast and will post this on our Video Streaming page by 3-17-20).

 Please Visit our Live (and recorded) Video Streaming page

* to view

*to get directions on how to view via your smart TV

* to get directions for mobile device access

* and to view pre-recorded services.

Other quick ways to view.... Follow us on Facebook (to view Live broadcast) .... or click on the quick link below our calendar and Facebook Logo in the right margin.

Worship 2020

Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at Gloria Dei

All Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. and include Holy Communion


 

The Council has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, July 16 following worship. The purpose of this meeting is for the congregation to vote on the current schematic building rendering and to approve the current cost projection. This meeting will be preceded by an informational Adult Forum on July 9 and a congregational mailing set for July 5, both of which will contain the drawings, budgetary numbers and current funds held by the congregation for this project. Potluck will follow in the fellowship hall.
It coincides with a quarterly parish conversation & Lake Superior Sunday.

The Council has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, July 16 following worship. The purpose of this meeting is for the congregation to vote on the current schematic building rendering and to approve the current cost projection. This meeting will be preceded by an informational Adult Forum on July 9 and a congregational mailing set for July 5, both of which will contain the drawings, budgetary numbers and current funds held by the congregation for this project. Potluck will follow in the fellowship hall.
It coincides with a quarterly parish conversation & Lake Superior Sunday.

78 Years of Radio Ministry, since March 22, 1942

On March 22 2020, we celebrate the anniversary of this significant ministry, which has broadcast Gloria Dei’s worship since March 22, 1942.  We thank God for this ongoing opportunity of sharing the gospel through the Radio and through the Internet.  You’re invited to reflect on this valuable outreach: share a story, support a broadcast or a portion of the broadcast, gift a special gift of $78 for the anniversary, consider learning what happens behind the scenes to be more hands on if you wish.  Thank you for your prayerful support!

Easter Sunday  April 5, 10:00 a.m. Festival Worship with Holy Communion, choir, brass musician

GLORIA DEI SERVES DINNER AT CHUM, Apr 19 - Join us to serve dinner at the Chum Drop-In Center on Tuesday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. (set up 4:15). Meatballs, potatoes, salads, desserts and rolls – if you can provide any of these and/or spare some time to serve, please contact the church office.


SALAD LUNCHEON, Apr 24 - Gloria Dei’s Welcoming Ministries will be hosting a Salad Luncheon during coffee hour on April 24. A freewill offering will be taken. Faith members are cordially invited to join in. Proceeds will go toward funding Welcoming Ministries activities, which includes supporting the LSS Together for Youth program. 

Neighborhood Breakfast at Gloria Dei - 4th Saturday of the month

All are welcome to join us for our free Neighborhood Breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. The meal will be held at the newly rebuilt Gloria Dei. Enter on 6th Avenue E.

Gloria Dei Launches Online Giving
A new option to make financial gifts to Gloria Dei is here.   Click on the "Donate Now" button for a convenient way, through automatic withdrawal or secure credit/debit card transactions, to support God's mission through Gloria Dei with a donation or monthly commitment.

Sunday Schedule:

8:45 a.m. Sunday School/ Adult Forum

10:00 a.m. Worship & Holy Communion


     219 N. 6th Ave. E. Duluth

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