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  • Worship
    Services

  • Holidays
  • Holy
    Baptism
  • Holy
    Communion

  • Confirmation
  • Weddings
    Funerals
  • Individual
    Confession
    & Forgiveness
  • Pastoral
    Care
  • Our
    Columbarium

Worship Services


Our congregation is gathered around Word and sacraments each Sunday at three different services:


8:15 a.m.


This early hour of worship is traditional in design, and Holy Communion is received on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.


9:30 a.m.


This informal service, one-half hour in length, is designed for families, and Holy Communion is received each Sunday. The music is contemporary with piano and bass guitar, and sometimes drums played by our youth. Children are included in various ways, including the use of rhythm instruments to accompany the congregation at different times during the year. Our goal is to help children take their "first steps" and beyond in worship as they participate in the service.


This service allows families to worship together, before children attend Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. While the children are in Sunday School, refreshments are served in the parlor, and parents are invited to remain for conversation during the church school hour.


10:30 a.m.


The 10:30 a.m. service is traditional in nature, and the full rite of the Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship is used. Contemporary music is also blended into the service from time to time. Holy Communion is received on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month. The Senior Choir sings at this service, and the Cherub Choir (young children) also sings occasionally during the school year.


Our worship is enhanced by an 18-rank Schantz, slider chest organ. The sanctuary was renovated at the time of installation to enhance acoustics, making our space for worship beautiful to eye and ear. In the spring and fall, special musical events are held. The home page will provide information for these events as they are scheduled.


Styles:


Seeking to offer a variety of worship experiences, the first service is traditionally Lutheran in nature. The second service is contemporary with piano and guitar. The third service is a blend of traditional and contemporary music.


Holidays
Advent, Lent and Christmas Eve

In the seasons of Advent and Lent, evening prayers are held on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Special Lenten services are also held on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.


Holy Baptism


Through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, we are incorporated into Christ's body, the church in heaven and on earth, receive the promise of forgiveness and the hope of everlasting life.


We look forward to this happy time in your life and we are thankful to be a part of it.


To schedule a baptism at Good Shepherd:

  • Join us for worship for several weeks, if you are not already attending. Our schedule can be found Here. All baptized Christians who have received Holy Communion in their church are welcome to receive at Good Shepherd church. In Holy Communion, we receive Christ's true body and true blood, in the bread and the wine of the Lord's Supper for strengthening of faith through the forgiveness of sins. We hope that you will feel as sense of God's welcome through us as you join us in worship. Worship is an important part in preparing for a baptism.

  • Be sure to introduce yourself to the Pastor after the service. Nursery is provided on Sundays during the last service and the middle service is particularly suitable for infants and children.

  • After you have joined us in worship, contact the office or the pastor with an indication of several dates in order of your preference. You can call or email. Click here for our email addresses otherwise the email addresses can be found in the worship bulletin. Either the pastor or a staff member will contact you to schedule a proposed date for the service and for a meeting with the pastor. These meetings are generally held once or twice a month, on a Thursday evening and are scheduled as requests are made. Depending on the number of requests, it may take a while for your first session to be scheduled. Appointments for baptisms are best made before the baby is born so that our faith community can minister to those expecting a child.

  • Dates are only scheduled on the church calendar after a meeting in person with the pastor.

  • After the pre-baptism sessions are completed, the service will be held. The deacon may also share in the pre-baptism sessions.

  • Finally, baptisms are part of the church's public life in worship. We share these wonderful times in life and in faith with the wider community. As the time approaches, our community prays for those preparing for these happy times.

Holy Communion

The Service of Holy Communion is central to our worship. In Holy Communion we believe that the risen Christ is present with us in his true body and blood in, with and under the forms of bread and wine for the assurance of forgiveness and for the strengthening of faith. Christians sharing in this faith and desiring communion with the Lord and his church are invited to the Lord's Table. Those who have questions about receiving are welcomed to speak with the pastor.


First Holy Communion is usually held for fifth grade students. Reception age is determined in consultation with the pastor and family members. Children coming to us from other congregations and parishes who have received the sacrament in those places are invited to receive at Good Shepherd Church. Please see the Christian Education tab for further details.


Confirmation


Confirmation is held in the spring semester for eighth graders after they have completed Confirmation preparation in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade programs. Please see the Christian Education tab for further details.


Weddings/Funerals

Weddings


We look forward to this happy time in your life and we are thankful to be a part of it.


To schedule a wedding at Good Shepherd:

  • Join us for worship for several weeks, if you are not already attending. Our schedule can be found Here. All baptized Christians who have received Holy Communion in their church are welcome to receive at Good Shepherd church. In Holy Communion, we receive Christ's true body and true blood, in the bread and the wine of the Lord's Supper for strengthening of faith through the forgiveness of sins. We hope that you will feel as sense of God's welcome through us as you join us in worship. Worship is an important part in preparing for a wedding.

  • Be sure to introduce yourself to the Pastor after the service. Nursery is provided on Sundays during the last service and the middle service is particularly suitable for infants and children.

  • After you have joined us in worship, contact the office or the pastor with an indication of several dates in order of your preference. You can call or email. Click here for our email addresses and are also written in the worship bulletin. Either the pastor or a staff member will contact you to schedule a proposed date for the service and for a meeting with the pastor. These meetings are generally held once or twice a month, on a Thursday evening and are scheduled as requests are made. Depending on the number of requests, it may take a while for your first session to be scheduled. Wedding requests need to be made at least six months in advance in order that the pre-marital sessions can be completed and schedules accommodated.

  • Dates are only scheduled on the church calendar after a meeting in person with the pastor.

  • After wedding planning counseling sessions are completed, the service will be held. The pastor may defer some of the pre-marital counseling sessions to a counselor, depending on need and/or schedule.

  • Finally, weddings are part of the church's public life in worship. We share these wonderful times in life and in faith with the wider community. As the time approaches, our community prays for those preparing for these happy times.


Funerals


Funerals are rites of the church. Services are held in funeral homes or in the sanctuary, and pastoral care and support are offered to the bereaved.


Individual Confession & Forgiveness


A time for reflection and intentional conversation in search of healing and forgiveness is available with the pastor. Appointments can be made through the church office.


Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is offered by the pastor and pastoral staff, and our prayer and healing ministries are offered to person(s) in need. Pastoral visits are made regularly to those homebound or hospitalized. Please advise the parish office of persons in need of visitation.


Our Columbarium

Our Columbarium, a place for cremated remains, is available for members and their families. The Columbarium is situated in the inner garden of the church facilities and is open for prayer and memorial devotions daily or by appointment.


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Sunday Services

  • 8:00 am - Traditional Worship

  • 9:00 am - Contemporary Worship

  • 10:30 am - Traditional Worship with Choirs

  • Wednesdays 7:15 pm - Fellowship hall


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