Welcome to Gloria Dei!
Lutheran Church in Arnold Maryland
Gloria Dei! is a spiritual refuge in a broken world. As Jesus cherished those he met and gave himself for us, so we as a congregation seek to help others know that they are cherished brothers and sisters of Jesus and beloved children of God the Father. Our many ministry activities focus on developing, nurturing, and encouraging others toward an intimate relationship with a loving God. We, the staff and congregation, welcome and invite you into our community through worship, music, youth activities and more.
|8:45 AM||Worship Service|
|9:45 AM||Sunday School|
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Special Mission Initiatives
Gloria Dei! has several mission projects. Some include working with sister churches in El Salvador, Madagascar and Slovakia, supporting Lutheran World Relief, providing food and service to My Brother's Pantry and the Lighthouse Shelter and the LWR Equal Exchange Coffee Project. Mission Initiatives
Calendar, News, and Special Events
Pastor’s NoteDear friends in Christ, The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
One thing I have come to understand about Gloria Dei! is that it has a wonderfully rich and varied history of worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Some are unique to this congregation even as there is much that is held in common with the church that spans time and geography.
One of the somewhat unique aspects of worship at Gloria Dei! is the welcome to Holy Communion that is extended to all. In many congregations, to participate in Holy Communion requires that one be of a certain age, or has had a certain amount of education, or is a confirmed member of the congregation, etc.! Differences in these “requirements” in congregations throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (of which Gloria Dei! is a part) have led to an invitation by our church’s Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to study the church’s understanding of worship as detailed in the 1997 document “The Use of the Means of Grace; A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament”. So that is what we at Gloria Dei! are going to do this Fall!
During the Adult Education time this September and October, we will spend some time studying and discussing the principles set forth in “The Use of the Means of Grace”(intended for guidance and practice) and we will consider how these principles shape or do not shape worship at Gloria Dei!. Over the course of five sessions we will explore:
The Triune God and the Means of Grace
Proclamation of the Word and the Christian Assembly
Holy Baptism and the Christian Assembly
Holy Communion and the Christian Assembly
The Means of Grace and Christian Mission
There are a couple of copies of “The Use of the Means of Grace” located on the table in the narthex. It also can be accessed on-line by doing a search for it at www.elca.org. Copies of the pertinent portions for each of the five sessions will be made available before and on each Sunday morning of the study. If you would like your own copy of the whole statement, let me know and we can order it for you! Watch the announcements for details about which topic will be addressed on which Sunday.
I am looking very much forward to sharing in this important time of study and conversation about worship and, in particular, about worship at Gloria Dei! where we do indeed worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth!
In God’s grace and peace,
We invite you to volunteer at Gloria Dei! Opportunities to Serve
Donations to Gloria Dei! may be given in various ways including using PayPal. Giving
Our Mission Statement
We, Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church, have been called together by GOD through the HOLY SPIRIT. We confess JESUS CHRIST as LORD. In the name of HIM who came as servant of all…