Dei was established in 1938 with 42 charter members, and presently
has over 600 baptized members.
name means “Glory to God” in Latin, and was a common name given to
Lutheran congregations with a Swedish heritage.
statement is simple and straightforward, and it gets right at the
heart of who we are as the people of God:
"Gathered to worship. Sent to
foremost, we are Gathered to worship. We don’t
gather ourselves, but we are gathered by the Holy Spirit. Through
the means of grace—the Word and Holy Sacraments—God has called us
out and gathered us as his people. We are not a voluntary
organization; we don’t join of our own gumption or initiative.
Rather, “the Holy Spirit has called [us] through the Gospel,
enlightened us with his gifts and sanctified and kept [us] in the
true faith...” (The Small Catechism, The Apostles’ Creed, Third
Our highest calling as those gathered by the Holy Spirit, is to
worship our Triune God. We are baptized in the name of the Father,
and of + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And it is in that same name
that we are gathered every Lord’s Day—gathered to offer our praise
and thanks to God, to proclaim and hear the Word proclaimed in
scripture, liturgy, hymn and homily, and to joyously celebrate the
Holy Eucharist. Worship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is what
the angels and Church Triumphant ceaselessly do in heaven. In our
Sunday gathering, we experience a foretaste of that heavenly praise.
It is the source and summit of our lives as Christians.
Secondly, we are Sent to serve. Of course we serve
God in worship, but we continue to serve him by serving our neighbor,
after we leave worship. This service takes place as individuals in our
various vocations, and also corporately as members of the Body of
Christ. We serve in our families by caring for those entrusted to us,
and we serve in our homes and places of employment by diligently
assuming the tasks set before us. We also serve more specifically as the
Church by teaching, by serving on committees and boards, by singing or
playing music, by helping with any number of social ministry ventures,
and on and on. Rightly understood, our whole life is one of
service—service to God and service to the neighbor.
We invite you to visit Gloria Dei not only to find a warm welcome but
also the hope, love and forgiveness offered to you in Word and Sacrament
that will truly enrich your life.
Gathered to worship
Sent to serve.
In Christ’s Service,
The Rev. Peter C.
Through the means of grace, we are God's people
being renewed in a liturgical community that
acknowledges its roots and diversity: challenging, teaching,
and caring for the people of God.
We are a family in this place, the offspring of Christ,
brothers and sisters in faith.