Welcome! Worship is the center of our lives together at Gloria Dei where Holy Communion is celebrated weekly at both services and everyone, without exception, is invited to receive the bread and wine. Because it is Christ's table, it is open to all. Our worship schedule is every Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 am. Join us for Adult Forum, coffee and fellowship between services.
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As Lutherans, our year is shaped by the life of Christ around the three great festivals of Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost. Each season brings its own themes and highlights different dimensions of our faith. The church’s seasons are deeply connected to the earth’s cycle of growing, living, and dying; welcoming light and experiencing growing darkness. Our worship connects us to all living things and with the One who is our creator.
At Gloria Dei, our two Sunday morning services are grounded in an ancient pattern (Gathering, Word, Meal, Sending) that we believe both supports and challenges us to live in a complex and beautiful world.
We gather as a community, often beginning each service with an announcement of forgiveness or a remembrance of our baptism. We hear the Word of God read in the Old and New Testaments, proclaimed in sermons, and sung in traditional hymns, global music, or songs with profound new poetry. We pray for the needs of the world, our neighbors, and ourselves, trusting that God always hears our prayers. We practice generosity by offering our resources for the work of God’s church. After we’ve shared the peace of Christ, we gather at the table to receive bread and wine, Christ’s own body and blood offered to all of us, without condition, for those who have great faith and those who wish they had more. Finally, we are sent into the world to be agents of resurrection, empowered to serve our neighbor with compassion, humility, and justice.
Let the Children Come
Gloria Dei loves to have families with little ones in worship! It is in worship we learn that we are all part of the family of faith and we learn how to participate in worship.
There are colorful cards in the Sanctuary pews that give suggestions for families with and without children. Worship bags for little hands are found at each entrance to the Sanctuary. Ask an usher for the children's bulletin, an activity page for either readers or non-readers. Young children can even request a cup of animal crackers from an usher (with parents' approval).
All children are invited to come forward during the Children's Message and also for Communion, so even the youngest receive a blessing. And when children need to move around or become too vocal, the Nursery offers a place for more activity.
As children grow, they develop skills that enable them to more fully participate in worship. Parents can encourage participation by helping children follow along in the program, by helping them find hymns and follow the text, by encouraging them to learn and recite the Lord's Prayer and the Apostle's Creed with the rest of the congregation. Talk with your child about Holy Communion and when interest and questions about receiving Communion arise, consider registering your child in Communion Instruction Class.
Encourage children to draw during worship, since children can easily listen and be active at the same time. You might be surprised by how much your child has absorbed, even while seemingly being completely involved in this activity! Ask your child to draw what she/he sees around her in worship. You can discuss later what all the symbols in the Sanctuary mean. But for now, the children can become fully aware of beautiful windows, symbols, and colors. Perhaps the child will notice new banners and new colors. Help your child understand the significance of changes in our worship space. And if you aren't sure yourself, you can learn together! All first graders and their parents are invited to participate in a Worship class, which introduces a child to the richness of Gloria Dei's Sanctuary.
Car time is precious time! While you drive home on Sundays, talk about what you experienced in worship. Perhaps music was touching, a message was inspirational, a baptized child was adorable, the children's message was poignant, or Communion touched your spirit. Talk with your child about these things; what matters to you will also matter to your child! Remember that faith is "caught more than taught!"
All of Us Together
Everyone is invited to participate in worship. There are opportunities for all ages to share their time and talent.
For more information, please call the office at 651-699-1378.
Altar Service: Prepares the chancel for communion and cleans up after worship.
Assisting Minister: Leads the prayers of intercession and serves at the table with the presiding minister.
Audio Team: Runs the sound board during services and concerts.
Communion Assistant: Assists with the distribution of bread and wine.
Greeter: Welcomes people at the doors of the church and at the coffee hour.
Gift Presenter: Brings up the bread and wine during the offertory procession. (May be as individuals or families.)
Lector: Proclaims the Word by reading lessons.
Sacristan: Provides logistical support for the liturgy and assists acolytes in their service.
Sponsor Altar Flowers: Remember a loved one or an important date, providing beauty for the chancel. $55 per week.
Usher: Greets people as they come to worship, passes out bulletins, collects the offering.
Worship Committee: Meets on the third Thursday every other month at 6:00 p.m.
Write Prayers: Write the prayers of intercession for Sunday morning that the assisting minister will lead.
Visual Design Team: Plans, creates, and installs visual design for the sanctuary.
For more information, please contact Director of Youth and Family Faith Formation Katie LeClair at 651-699-1378 x3008.
Acolytes: Gloria Dei's youth, in grades 7-12, are active leaders in worship through our acolyte ministry. They light candles, lead processions and assist with communion. After they receive training during confirmation, they are scheduled to help at services throughout the year. A link to the schedule appears on this page.
For more information, please contact Children's Ministry Director Pat Derry at 651-699-1378 ext. 3021
Communion Assistant: Preteens in fifth grade who would like to participate in Children's Christmas Worship by serving Communion, receive a special training from one of our pastors. This happens in GAPP class, during Christmas preparations. When 5th graders have been trained, they may continue to serve Communion at other opportunities.
Gift Presenter: Either with their families or on their own, children can carry forward Communion bread and wine after the Offering is taken.
Lectors: As children get older and learn to read, they are invited to lead worship by reading Scripture. Every second Sunday of the month, child lectors read Scripture in worship - a different reader at each worship time. Children receive the texts in order to practice at home. Parents are requested to help their children understand the text, pronounce difficult words, and practice reading slowly and loudly. Children arrive 15 minutes early to worship in order to adjust the microphone and test reading from the pulpit. Child lectors are very much appreciated by the congregation, since hearing the text from a child makes a difference for everyone!
Share with One Another
The third Sunday of each month we pass a second offering basket. All collections from this offering are donated to one of our Outreach ministries chosen each year by our Outreach Committee. For 2017, they are:
A food truck ministry serving those on the margins in St. Paul.
Loaves and Fishes
Volunteers from Gloria Dei prepare and serve food to those who are hungry at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.
A food shelf the food shelf ministry of Neighborhood House located in Sibley Manor, in our Highland Park neighborhood.
Lutheran Social Services Metro Homeless Youth Programs
Provides emergency and transitional
Gloria Dei is part of this coalition which builds Habitat for Humanity homes. shelter for youth.
Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala
Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala is a group of 20 urban and rural congregations throughout Guatemala that has worked in partnership with the St Paul Area Synod of the ELCA since 2005.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal
Supports sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Highland Park Elementary
Just blocks from our church, this public school educates 400 students in grades K-5 more than half of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Interfaith Action - Department for Indian Work
The Department of Indian Work Food Shelf at the St. Paul Area Council of Churches addresses needs and issues in the American Indian community of St. Paul, respecting the cultural and spiritual diversity of the 500 people it serves each month.
Keystone Food Shelf
The Keystone Basic Needs Program helps feed the hungry and assists people in crisis in a large service area in Ramsey County — from downtown St. Paul to Roseville, from Little Canada to the Midway and the North End neighborhoods of St. Paul.
During Advent, Gloria Dei offers overnight shelter to homeless families through this St. Paul Area Council of Churches’ program.
Worship Times Change with the Seasons
Worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Sunday School, Adult Forum at 9:30 am
Worship services at 8:15 and 10:00 am
From the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, our second worship service on Sunday morning begins at 10:00 and there is no Sunday School or Adult Forum.
Christmas Eve Family Christmas Worship at 2:00 and 4:00 pm., and Festival Christmas Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 pm
Christmas Day, December 25, 2016, One Service at 10:00 am
New Year's Day
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017, One Service at 10:00 am
Each Wednesday during Lent there is a service at 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm
Good Friday Crosswalk pageant at 4:30 pm, service at 7:00 pm
Saturday Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday Services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am