As Lutherans, we believe that worship is what makes the church the church. In worship, we are gathered by the Holy Spirit, we hear the word of God proclaimed in our midst, we share in the sacraments, and we are sent out into the world. We arrive with our burdens and fears and pains; we depart in peace, having been changed by our encounter with God in prayer, praise, and celebration.
As Lutherans, we believe that we are free to shape our worship in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes worship may be solemn, and other times playful. Sometimes it may be formal, and other times more casual. We may sing accompanied by piano, organ, brass, wind instruments, guitar, or even sing a cappella. Our songs may be ancient hymns of the church, or much more newly-composed songs.
At Gloria Dei, we rejoice in this diversity of worship forms. Each week, we have three regular services of Holy Communion, each with its own tone. Some people prefer to come to the same service each week, while others vary their choice of services for one reason or another. Throughout the year, we have various special emphases and seasonal worship events. We are delighted to have several different musical groups that bless our worship, including vocal choirs, handbells, and instrumentalists of different kinds.
Whichever service you choose to attend, we are delighted to have you with us!