Pastor Rosemary Backer:
"You have arrived at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach, Florida! It is located on beautiful Anna Maria Island
off the west coast of Florida in the United States.
We invite you to journey with us trusting that God's creative and redeeming presence and word in Jesus Christ is ever molding us into God's own daughters and sons. This ever renewing and molding event is a constant process until God fulfills all things in the future at his own good time. Please take time to get to know us on this website. Please contact us if you have any questions. We would be pleased and honored to have you worship with us. We would be pleased and delighted to have you share in the fellowship of God in Jesus Christ that we have come to know.
Again, welcome to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. All are welcome here!"
The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today's readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord's coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.
Weapons of war transformed into instruments of peace
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." (Ps. 122:1)
Salvation is near; time to wake from sleep
The sudden coming of the Son of Man