Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am, & Wednesdays 6:00pm

“Who Do You Say that I Am?”

Hello Gloria Dei,

Please know that we are watching very closely the CDC guidelines as well as the recommendations from our Governor and Mayor regarding how and when to reopen and to begin to gather again. We are planning on this process being done in gradual steps. However, at this time it is still difficult to put any date or firm timeline in place. Each region of the country is different, and Sioux Falls differs from even some close-by more rural communities. Please know our staff, together with the church council, is monitoring the situation. We will provide you updates as we move forward.

In the meantime, we still remain together in Christ. And we will, of course, continue to offer worship, Bible Study, and other opportunities to be together online.

For this weekend I encourage you to read our Gospel text for Sunday’s worship. It is found in Matthew 16:13-19. Jesus asks an important question directed at each one of us.

Questions and answers have been asked and given forever. I recently read about a Mom who was teaching her two teenagers at home during this time when schools are closed. She was getting a bit frustrated, so she decided to give them a test.

Her first question was this:  What ended in 1945? One of her kids said, “Uh… 1944”.

She then asked her other child: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? He answered, “At the bottom of the page.”

Getting more frustrated she asked both of them to give and explanation of hard water. To her chagrin, they both shouted, “Ice”.

It’s not easy being a teacher. You never know what answer you might get to your questions. But think of Jesus’ question to you. He asks “Who do you say that I am?” Give some thought to that question. I daresay it is the most important question of your life.

I’ll be preaching on that theme and Jesus’ question to us in this weekend’s worship. Who is Jesus for you? Who is Jesus for our world? He is a good teacher, but is he more than that? He is a caring man, but is he more than that? Again, give some thought to that question. What do you believe? Where do you stand? Jesus asks you today, “Who do you say that I am?” How do you answer?

See you in worship online,

Pastor Tim

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