Who We Are

We, the congregation of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’), an Episcopal Church, honor God by following the teachings of Jesus to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. With God’s help...

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We are an inviting, welcoming, sustaining, and loving community.

 

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We honor and celebrate our differences and uniquenesses.
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We respond to the needs of others in the parish and in the community.
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We preserve and build upon the beauty, tradition, and heritage of this sacred place.
Our Worship Reflects our Openness as a Community
Our service is comprised of uplifting music, Episcopal worship and spiritual/biblical teachings by our Rector.

All parts of the service are considered important aspects of the whole experience. The combination of worshiping together, mixed with the opportunity to socialize with one another, remains vitally important to everyone. At Gloria Dei, you quickly become a member of this extended family.

The Liturgy at Gloria Dei is truly the work of the family of Gloria Dei. Without question, it reflects the openness and flexibility which characterize our parish community as a whole.

Gloria Dei incorporates elements from Holy Catholic traditions such as celebrating the Eucharist at both regularly scheduled services, but with a distinctive character to each celebration occasionally including a bell choir piece, and other, less traditional elements from time to time. These have included dance and tableaux performed by the children, prayers drawn from other Christian and non-Christian traditions and forms created for specific occasions.

While we are always a work in progress, Gloria Dei strives to be a place where all will feel welcome in faith and spirit.