Who are we?

Founded in 1855, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church welcomes all persons to join us in sharing God's grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Our community of faith is centered in Word and Sacrament in worship. Shaped by the grace of God, Gloria Dei’s mission on Market is to be the community of Christ for all people.

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Church Exterior


Please Join Us for Worship!

Sunday Schedule:

8:00 am - Worship

9:15 am - Education

10:30 am - Worship


123 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
Office: 319-338-2893


 Office Hours:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Monday - Friday


Upcoming events

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Sunday, Dec. 21– The Fourth Sunday of Advent

· Music from our own Wittenberg Steamroller will be featured in worship.



Monday, Dec. 22 @ 5:15 pm- Contemplative Christmas Service

This service of reading and reflection will offer a gentle and reflective time to consider the deeper meaning of this season, honor the complex emotions that may emerge during the holidays, and a space for centering and renewal during these busy times.


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All Christmas Eve services have

candlelight and communion


5:15 pm Family Service

This service features a special children’s time with the unwrapping and placing of Gloria Dei’s soft-sculpture nativity set.  This “kid-friendly” service, planned to last no more than an hour, will also include familiar carols.


7:30 pm Choral Eucharist

A service of prayers, scripture, and sacred music led by our Sanctuary Choir.  


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 Christmas Day Service  @ 10:00 am

After you open your presents, come to worship and give thanks for the best gift of all, Christ our Lord.



How to Join

Please speak with a pastor or indicate on your worship welcome pad if you would like to consider joining the ministry of Gloria Dei. Read more >>

Members Log-in

Gloria Dei members are encouraged to sign up for "Members Only" information--detailed events listings, announcements, Council minutes, etc. This requires you to create an account with approved password. Go to the "Members Login"  box on the far right bottom of this page. Click "Create an account," and follow the instructions.

Hear Last Week's Sermon

Our pastors deliver inspiring sermons based on the Gospel, illuminating God's grace and impact on our lives and relationships. Listen on our Sermon Page >>

Donate Now

Open your heart without opening your checkbook. Our electronic giving option allows you to make one-time special gifts or recurring giving. Read more >>

Blessings of Backpacks
December 22, 2014


Contemplative Christmas

5:15 pm Monday, Dec 22

Family Christmas Service

5:15 pm Wed, Dec 24

Choral Eucharist

7:30 pm Wed, Dec 24

Christmas Day Service

10:00 am Thurs, Dec 25



Wittenberg Steamroller

plays during worship services!

Sunday Dec 21


Celebration and farewell POTLUCK

for Brian Middelswarth

Sunday Dec 21 @ Noon


Volunteer Opportunity!

Assist with Sunday worship services...

Find needs and volunteer


the blue book in the narthex,

or call the church office.

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Sunday Adult Forum

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Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

Drop-off information


Click here for our online sign-ups


Campus Ministry

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This Week

Check the calendar below for a listing of this week's events.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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