Beginning March 28, 2020 - May 4, 2020 The Church services and activities are cancelled at both the Gloria Dei Church and Redeemer. We are hoping to be open again very soon. Please read the sermon from each Sunday under Sermons in the menu. Also you find many resources at the bottom of this page where you can find devotions, worship services and information that will help you to continue to let Christ nurture your faith and keep you close to Him in this difficult time.
Welcome to Gloria Dei and Redeemer Lutheran Churches. We are parishes of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In 2006 we became a dual parish having one Pastor that Shepherds both Congregations. We welcome you to our Divine Services and pray you will find the true love of our Lord and Savior here. Click here to find the service times and locations (including special services such as Lent). Please feel free to contact the church by phone or email with any questions.
As a special feature during this time of limited access and social distancing, the weekly Sunday sermons will be published here and can be found by clicking Sermons in the menu bar or clicking here. May God be with you during this difficult time and may you always remember "He is with you always!"
Dear children of God.
One day Jesus got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?’ Luke 8.22ff
Who then is this? While the question is easily answered from the comforts of an armchair, the issue becomes a different matter when facing adversity. The above account has less to do with Jesus calming the wind and waves as it does with the question, “Who then is this?” As Luke left it unanswered, it is left to us to respond. Jesus is unconcerned by the events surrounding him [he fell asleep, after all!] The disciples are fraught with fear. Jesus reminds then, as he does us, to remember to put our trust in Him- this is faith. A good reminder in these days.
Attached to this letter is an order of service for Good Friday for your use at home. Use it as you wish, but nothing prevents you from conducting it with the same degree of solemnity that is used with we are together. We remember from our Small Catechism that the church is not the building but the assembly of believers, wherever they may be. And while we may not be together here, we can be together around God’s Word and the sacrifice of His Son for our sin. This is Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who endured the cross…for you and for me. Situation and circumstance cannot and will not change this.
Many of you have expressed your study of the Scriptures, the Book of Concord, and your Small Catechism, even while spending more time with your daily devotions. This is encouraging.
The following is part of a letter from the Indiana District sent to its pastors. It is good for all of us to consider.
“Brothers, we know that many of you are hurting in various ways, both temporal and spiritual, and that these are confusing and distressing times for you and your families and your congregations. Whereas the Lord is accomplishing His purposes unfailingly, the devil is feverishly and furiously at work to attack and undermine the Lord’s dear Church and His called and ordained servants of the Word. The old evil foe tempts you to reckless pride and self-righteous zeal, on the one hand, and then stands first in line to accuse you of unfaithfulness and sin on the other hand. For those who are presently constrained and prevented from many (perhaps all) of your regular duties, the temptation to despair is poignant. But do not be afraid! The Lord is with you and for you, He loves you, and His plans and purposes for you have neither gone awry nor been abandoned. It is for Him to know what He is even now preparing for you. And to you it is given to watch and pray, to wait upon His mercy, and to live by His grace through faith in His Word and promise. Your sins are all freely and fully forgiven, and you remain forever and always God’s own child, baptized into Christ. Therefore, with joyful confidence and steadfast hope, do and give as you are able, as the Lord in His mercy permits; and where you cannot work and serve, rest yourself in the peace of Christ, rejoice in His good gifts of your home and family, and be renewed in body and soul for the labors that He has yet in store for you in the months and years ahead. It is certain that, whatever the future holds for you and yours, the Lord even now has it all in His keeping.”
In His service and yours,
Pastor Don Stauty
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