My Faith Life

by Roma Panther

   My Faith Life has, now that I think about it,  evolved over the past 60 years.  When I was young and lived at home we were expected to attend church  -- unless we were sick (dying sick) and then we knew we were to watch on TV a show called “The Lutheran Hour” and be able to report to mom and dad about the storyline.  Then I became a teenager and fully dove into confirmation and communion – I think that is when I “got” it.  Being forgiven for everything and going through the sacraments of eating the bread and drinking the wine.  I really felt adult and part of the church.

Then I moved from home and had to rebel for a couple of years – no one here was going to “make” me attend church and have to get up that early!   I found that I missed the singing and mostly the liturgy.  I sought out a smaller Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and later on got married there.  I married a “retired” Catholic (he meant he was no longer attending) and he said he recognized how important my faith was to me and he would support me and would accompany me once a month.

We moved to Iowa City, joined Gloria Dei and both of us embraced  the people, the worship, the music, serving on committees (yes even the “retired Catholic” that is now Lutheran :)).  It is like family to us and has been the encouragement to, “first thing each morning”, do daily devotions to begin our day.

How to Find Us

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City

Gathered by grace. Scattered for service.

123 E Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245