Advent is a time of hope and preparation. Traditionally, the season of Advent was the time to prepare spiritually for baptisms that took place on the feast of Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas. We, too, can observe Advent as a time to ready ourselves as we await Jesus. The readings we hear at church remind us of the yearning Israel had for a Messiah. As the ancient prayer states, we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
November 29 - Service of the Word for the First Sunday in Advent
December 2 - Holden Evening Prayer, Week 1: Hope. This contemporary vespers (evening prayer) service written by Marty Haugen includes scripture and devotional reading provided by a pastor.
December 6 - Service of the Word for the Second Sunday in Advent
Third Sunday of Advent Worship/Longest Night Liturgy (available Saturday evening, 12/12). So near to the darkest day of the year, we gather before God with our honest grief and yearnings, seeking the return of light and hope.
^^Not sure if we need to ID that it’s available Saturday evening, so take/leave the highlight.
Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship/Lessons & Carols. Based on the traditional service first embodied at King’s College in 1918, we relive the story of Salvation from Creation unto Christ’s Birth through scripture and song.
Children’s Christmas Eve Worship. A Christmas storytelling experience meant for children of all ages!
Christmas Eve Worship on YouTube Live. We gather in our homes for candlelight worship, staying as faithful to our beloved tradition as we can manage in a time like this. Bring your own candle(s)!
Wondrous Love: Devotions for Lent 2020 by Paul Hoffman
This devotional explores Jesus' journey from baptism to the cross and the empty tomb, as depicted in Matthew. The wondrous love shown by Jesus on this journey guides us on our baptismal journeys and inspires us to sing, serve, and share God's love. Available for $3 in the church office while supplies last.
Ash Wednesday Services & Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, February 26 at 12:15 & 7:00 pm
Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Study with the Pastors: Dear Church: a Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan
Tuesdays, March 3 – 31 at 9:30 am in Underwood West
Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, “Dear Church” offers a bold new vision for the future of the church.Join us for this engaging study.
Lenten Soup Suppers & Vespers Worship
Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1
We share a simple meal together in Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:30 pm before worship at 7:00 pm.
Sundays, March 8 – April 5 at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall
Each week, all adult Sunday School classes will come together to focus on a different topic, walking this Lenten faith journey together. Come for the discussion and to meet those interested in becoming a part of the Good Shepherd community.
Saturday, March 28 at 9:30 – 11:30 am
Kids age 4 to adults are invited to explore and learn about communion, followed by an optional lunch at 11:30 am.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 5 at 9:30 am
All 2-year olds through 5th graders are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt! Join us for storytelling, hunting Easter eggs, preparing for Holy Week and a special snack.
Maundy Thursday Services
Thursday, April 9 at 12:15 & 7:00 pm
Good Friday Services
Friday, April 10 at 12:15 & 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Easter Celebration Worship Services