Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm

We are all carrying something that feels heavy.  Even in a festive season like the time leading up to Christmas, we carry the weight of grief or worry or fear.  Join us for a special worship service the week before Christmas that will provide a space of hope and healing for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one, trying to make sense of a difficult relationship, or struggling to stay spiritually grounded in our crazy world.  The service will include prayers, time for reflection, and music, including portions of the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer setting.  There will be an optional opportunity for individual prayer and anointing with Pastor Christa at the end of the service.

5:00 pm – Worship with Youth Ensemble and Kids’ Choir

10:00 pm – Candlelight Service with Adult Choir and Violin

Our Mission

We are a place of meaningful relationships
with God, our neighbor, and one another.

Just as Christ extended his hands to us, we:

OPEN our hands to receive God’s blessings

UPLIFT our hands to praise our God

OUTSTRETCH our hands
in care for our neighbors and all of creation.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is located at 300 Shunpike Road in Chatham, NJ. Each and every week, we gather to worship our Lord, celebrating God’s good gifts.

Sunday worship services begin at 10:00 AM, with children attending Sunday School following the children’s message. All Christians are welcome to receive communion, which is part of every Sunday worship service.

We worship our God liturgically — that is, we use a combination of hymns, prayers, and Scripture readings that reflect the season of the Church year (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, etc.).  The liturgy is the “work of the people.” Pastors, choirs, and others may lead the worship, but God’s praise is sung by the whole congregation, and we pray as one body in Christ.

Worship is focused on:

  • Gathering — The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
  • Word — We proclaim the Word in scripture, sermon, and song.
  • Meal — In Christ’s body and blood given to us, God forgives us and nourishes us for mission.
  • Sending — God blesses us and sends us into the world for mission and ministry.


Pastor: Rev. Dr. Christa Compton


Children are Welcome

Children are always welcome in the life of this community.  We celebrate the ways that caring for children is a witness to God’s love.

  • Sunday school is available for children age 4 – 6th grade.
  • Nursery care is provided during worship.

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300 Shunpike Road
Chatham, NJ 07928-1659
(973) 635-5889

Worship & Learning
Meetings & Events
  • December 17 – Morris Music Men, 7:00 pm
  • December 24 – Morris Music Men, 7:00 pm
  • December 31 – Morris Music Men, 7:00 pm
  • January 6 – Church Council, 7:30 pm
  • January 7 – Morris Music Men, 7:00 pm