Simply Sacrament

Simply Sacrament

The words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” show us that in the sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

Luther’s Small Catechism

One of the most important parts of worship for Lutherans is Holy Communion. At Gloria Dei, we have communion every Sunday. So being apart from each other and not receiving the Sacrament together is tough.

Pastor Horn has devised a way to receive the Sacrament by appointment. You can come individually or as a family group.

At the narthex, the service folders will be available for you to take individually. Then, you will go into the sanctuary and have the shortened service with Pastor Horn, concluding with an individual cup of wine and bread on your own plate. It takes about 15 minutes in total.

All of this is in accord with rules of social distancing. You will not need to interact with anyone else besides Pastor Horn and will maintain six feet of distance. You only touch your service folder, your individual cup and wafer, and the pews, which are wiped down regularly.

Please make an appointment with Pastor Horn to receive the Sacrament in this way. You can email him at or you can call the office at 760-743-2478. He is available on Wednesdays between 10:30 am to noon and Sundays from 11:00 to noon.

Soon we will be together again. In the meantime, God’s comfort is here for you. God bless you!

Please join us for online worship. All the details are here.

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: “forgiveness of sins.”

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism

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