Good Shepherd Parish Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, make our parish of Good Shepherd truly a community of prayer and belonging. Raise up in our midst the resources and leadership which will enable us to act upon what you would have us do, in this place and in a ministry of love and concern for others. Open my mind and heart to discern what you would have me do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for the Mission of Good Shepherd
Loving God, you sent your only Son Jesus Christ that we might have hope of eternal life and the Holy Spirit to sustain us in our faith in you: give us grace to be a beacon of faith, hope and love in this community, that we may radiate the transforming power of your love to everyone, everywhere; who live and reign together, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Collect for Good Shepherd's BRIDGE Goals
Almighty God, you have inspired your people the Church to bear witness to your Son our Savior Jesus Christ in a multitude of cultures and circumstances throughout the ages: Give us grace that we, the people of Good Shepherd, may discern your call to us in this time of change and uncertainty; that we may strengthen one another in showing forth Christ’s love, and then radiate that love for everyone, everywhere; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The Rector's Forum:
Spiritual Gifts: Discovering God’s Purpose
Meets in the Parish Hall at 9:00
We all have spiritual gifts. At our baptism, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to exercise our ministry in the church and equipped with spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ. However, many people have not fully discovered the gifts they have received, or they don’t realize how they can use their gifts to serve God. This Rector’s Forum will provide an overview of spiritual gifts, which will include an individual “spiritual gifts assessment” to help us more fully discover God’s purpose in our lives.
Youth (and doughnuts!)
The Name Says It All
Meets in the Newly Renovated Youth Rooms, a.k.a. "The Barn"
Youth grades 6 - 12 are welcome to join together for a time of casual conversation about Bible texts, current events and the life of faith. And yes, there will be doughnuts. You MUST check out this fantastic new space for our youth!
GS Kids Story Time
Pre-k through 5th grade
Meets in the kids ministry room of the Ryon Building
Your kids are invited to gather for an exciting and engaging story at this children's event on GROW Sunday. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The Rector's Forum Online
Join us for an interactive online version of The Rector's Forum (described above). This session will be recorded and available on our You Tube channel later in the day.
The Episcopal Way
September 11, 2021, 9:00 am
For adults interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation. The Episcopal Way Christian formation class will be offered by Fr. Doug and Fr. Derek on Saturday, September 11. We will meet late morning through mid afternoon - lunch will be provided! Please contact the office or register at the link below.
Begins weekly on September 12
Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, September 12 for all high school students wishing to be confirmed in October 2022. We will meet weekly during the school year. Please contact the office or register at the link below.
We're back on our regular schedule! Live broadcast on every weekday morning at 9:00 am.
To join via Zoom, please click on the link below.
Download the service leaflet below to follow along.
For live stream, click on the following link:
A Prayer for Each Day
This is another day, O Lord. We know not what it will bring forth, but make us ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If we are to stand up, help us to stand bravely. If we are to sit still, help us to sit quietly. If we are to lie low, help us to do it patiently. And if we are to do nothing, let us do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give us the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for Times of Pandemic
This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures. We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that seem all too real to us now. Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place! Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors. Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination. Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life. All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, even Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Times of Isolation
Almighty God: Our times are in your hand. We call upon you in this hour of our need, when we are lonely and must stand apart. Be our strength, O Sovereign Lord, our calm in the midst of raging seas, our refuge and our dwelling place. Sanctify to us this time drawn away from others, even as your Son, O Father, drew away to a lonely place for prayer. Deepen our need of you, O Lord, that every breath may be a whisper of the Spirit’s prompting, a renewed searching of the deep things of God. Stir up in us the great act of intercession, that we may spend our time apart in prayer for the world you created and sustain. Bless us in our turning toward you, and make us a blessing to those who stand in need of you, the whole fragile earth. All this we ask in the name of the great Physician, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Children
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good. We pray especially for all teachers, students, and parents. Grant them patience and grace as they discover new ways to teach, learn, and grow together; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for Young Persons
God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
New Easter Bible Study
Begins Wednesday, April 14
11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
One of the most fundamental beliefs we share as Christians is that we have been saved by grace through faith. The theme of salvation is central to the story of Jesus and the early church. But what does it mean to be saved? What difference does this make in our lives?
Throughout the season of Easter, the Wednesday Bible Study will be exploring the various concepts, images, and metaphors that the New Testament uses to describe the experience of salvation. We will meet at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM via Zoom each Wednesday. Note that we now have an opportunity to gather in the evening for those who are not able to join us during the day.
WEEK ONE: Kingdom of God* – Political
WEEK TWO: Justification - Legal
WEEK THREE: Redemption – Economic
WEEK FOUR: Reconciliation – Relational
WEEK FIVE: Healing – Medical
WEEK SIX: Adoption – Familial
WEEK SEVEN: Sanctification - Holiness
*Recorded sessions will be available on our YouTube channel within 48 hours. Click on the links to past sessions (e.g., "WEEK ONE") above to review or catch up.
Forgiveness is at the very heart of the gospel message. From the cross Jesus declared, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” But how do we embody the promise of forgiveness in our lives? How do we live as ambassadors of God’s reconciliation? Throughout the season of Epiphany, we will be exploring the biblical foundations of our call to forgive and be reconciled.
Session 1* - January 13
God's Ministry of Reconciliation
Session 2 - January 20
Old Testament Roots
Session 3 - January 27
Session 4 - February 3
Forgiving our Enemies
Session 5 - February 10
Walking in Forgiveness
* Recorded sessions are available on our YouTube channel. Click on the links to past sessions (e.g., "Session 1") above to review!
Jonah is commissioned by God to bring a prophetic “Word of the Lord” to the people of Nineveh, but Jonah runs away and attempts to flee from God’s call. Jonah is angry that God is compassionate. He doesn’t want God to give the people of Nineveh a chance to repent. However, Jonah ultimately completes his mission, and witnesses firsthand the breadth of God’s mercy and grace.