Advent and Christmas Schedule for 2021

In the midst of our Sanctuary renewal and a pandemic, our Advent and Christmas worship experiences will again be somewhat different than they were pre-pandemic. One difference is that on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, we will hold our worship services at Luther Seminary, in the Chapel of the Incarnation in the Olson Campus Center, 1490 Fulham St., Saint Paul. It is a beautiful chapel that allows us more space than the Gathering Place (our temporary worship space during Renovation Time). We look forward to seeing many of you along with your friends and families.

All other worship services, including Christmas Day, will be at Gloria Dei. We listed the dates and times below. All services are in person, and we noted below which services we will also broadcast live on YouTube. Please watch our emails and website for more details as we get closer to each. For our online worshipers, you can join our live broadcast services on YouTube (the same link we use for Sunday worship).

Masks required in the Gloria Dei building and for Christmas Eve worship at Luther Seminary.

Driving Directions (also available on the Luther Seminary website with a map).

To order poinsettias for Christmas, please complete a pink paper form available at the church, or email the church office to place your order. Payment ($17) must accompany your order and Dec. 20 is the deadline to order. You may choose to honor a loved one(s). Your donation provides at 6.5-inch poinsettia for display at both Gloria Dei and Luther Seminary for our Christmas worship services.

Advent Worship

Sundays of Advent Worship

Dec. 12 and 19

– 8:15 a.m., Holy Communion

– 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (Dec. 12 only)

– 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion (live broadcast of service)

Candlelight Prayers Around the Cross

Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22

– 5:45 p.m.

– 6:30 p.m. (live broadcast of service)

Christmas Caroling

Sunday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m.

– All are invited to meet at church to go caroling in small groups, and then return to church for treats

– No registration necessary; everyone welcome

Sunday School Christmas Program

Dec. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

– Walk the Nativity that our Sunday School children lovingly share and demonstrate outside the church building

– This will be the 9:30 worship service and the Sunday Education Hour (adults and children)

– Open House; best to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.


Christmas Worship

Christmas Eve Worship, Dec. 24

At Luther Seminary Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation, 1490 Fulham St., Saint Paul

– 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Service of the Word, with carols and time with children (live broadcast of 2:30 p.m. service)

– 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Festival Holy Communion with candlelight (live broadcast of 6 p.m. service)

– Live broadcast of 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. services

– Masks required at Luther Seminary

Christmas Day Worship, Dec. 25

– 10 a.m., Holy Communion (live broadcast of service)

Sunday, Dec. 26

– 8:15 a.m., Holy Communion

– 9:30 a.m., Carols with Tim and Paul. All ages join to sing our favorite carols of the season; will be the 9:30 worship service and the Sunday Education Hour (adults and children)

– 10:45 a.m., Holy Communion (live broadcast of service)