Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

How to Find UsGloria Dei Lutheran Church

1701 Ring Road
Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Phone (Church and School): 270-769-5910

Pastor: The Rev. Monty Gleitz
gleitzmd@juno.com

Our Mission Statement:

In faith and thankfulness to God, through Word and Sacrament, we proclaim, witness, nurture, and teach God's eternal truth to all people.

Our Vision:

We are a welcoming and caring community, dedicated to helping our members grow in faith and understanding and reach out to others.

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Worship and Meeting Times, including Midweek Services

 

Our Worship, October 5, 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Isaiah 5:1–7; Philippians 3:4b–14; Matthew 21:33–46

The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the Lord of Hosts.  “The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel” (Isaiah 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Isaiah 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also building the “watchtower” of His prophets and hewing out the “wine vat” of His priesthood in its midst (Isaiah 5:2). But when “he looked for it to yield grapes,” there were only “wild grapes” of bloodshed and unrighteousness (Isaiah 5:2, 7). The Lord Jesus likewise described the unfaithfulness of those who were called to care for His vineyard (Matthew 21:33–35). But in this He also describes His cross and Passion (Matthew 21:38–39), by which He has redeemed the vineyard for Himself. He is the true Vine, planted by death into the ground, and in His resurrection He brings forth “the fruits in their seasons” (Matthew 21:41). Among those good grapes of the true Vine is the apostle Paul. Once a zealous persecutor of the Church, he “suffered the loss of all things” in order to “gain Christ and be found in him,” to “know him and the power of his resurrection” (Phillippians 3:8–10)

LWML Sunday: And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

Every act of obedience, every work of the saints of God, every act of faith, every word spoken in faith rises up to the Father as a sweet-smelling savor and sacrificial offering. We have the awesome privilege of bringing joy to the heart of our Father by not simply performing deeds of which He would approve but also in the words of Saint Paul to the Romans in the twelfth chapter, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

 

Last Update: 6 October 2014