Our Core Values
We gather weekly for worship in the name of our Triune God. We are a Liturgical congregation that is grounded in Word and sacrament. Worship shines light on our personal darkness setting us free to serve in our community, our world and in our church.
We pray for the church, the world and all those according to their needs in worship, in our prayer chain and through small group ministries.
We believe that learning leads to mission. Reading and hearing the witness of the scriptures evokes the Holy Spirit to awaken and create faith and bring light and life to the people. We teach Bible stories in our Sunday School classes with an emphasis on God's grace. Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
We are called into ministry and service using our unique spiritual gifts. God's passion for the least of these... the poor, the hungry, the lonely, the grieving and the sick, becomes our passion.
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone. We are who we are because of God's grace - that is, God's love for us. Our works are a grateful response to God's love for us.
We seek opportunities to gather together in large and small groups for work, play, study and eating.
We welcome the stranger and strive to practice Jesus' acts of radical hospitality and open table fellowship. We share our building with the community. We welcome diversity.
Since 2009, Gloria Dei has been an internship site for ELCA seminarians from Wartburg Theological Seminary. Each intern spends one year practicing the arts of ministry -- preaching, teaching, counseling, etc. -- in our church and community. While exploring and learning in this parish, every intern enriches our community immensely.
We are a liturgical congregation that loves to sing. We have a strong choral music program.
We strive for ecumenical relationships and opportunities to gather together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from other traditions.