Author: Sheryl Erickson

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! . . . Do you think that I have come to bring peace...

An Invitation Consider. That’s the word that stuck with me as I read and re-read Jesus’ words in our Creation Sunday gospel (Luke 12: 22-31). CONSIDER, Jesus says. Consider. Consider is a word that invites us to pause, to think about, to notice something. What a...

We are ambassadors for Christ. In our Gospel, Jesus sent 70 ambassadors ahead of him, in pairs, to every town and place where he himself intended to go. Among the many instructions Jesus told them, “Whoever listens you, listens to me.” July moves us into the...

The Voice of the Shepherd The fourth Sunday in Easter is considered “Shepherd Sunday” in the Christian Church.  But when Shepherd Sunday gives us a rare story in the Book of Acts (Acts 9:36-43) about a woman who is named in the Bible, this female preacher...

Have you ever been so happy, it was like a dream come true? I’m meeting with lots of couples right now who are putting the finishing touches on their wedding plans.  When we meet, I also ask them to tell me their stories.  I get to...

In today’s gospel (Luke 9:28-36), the cloud is what first grabs my attention. While Peter was speaking, “a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son,...

Welcoming, Connecting & Supporting The mission statement developed in 2018 by the Inreach Committee is, “To welcome, connect and support the people of Good Shepherd by serving the emotional and spiritual needs of the Good Shepherd community in personal times of challenge and joy.” Highlights from this...

Welcoming our Newest Stephen Ministers Stephen Ministers listen to, pray with and walk beside individuals, providing supportive, Christian caring during any challenging, difficult or vulnerable time. The following individuals have completed 50 hours of formal training and will be commissioned as active Stephen Ministers at both our...

Fishing not Catching When you are a fisherman, it goes with the territory that there will be times when you come up empty. I got a report from my Mom last week that my brother had been up ice fishing on the lake where my parents...

Jesus has no sense of proportion when it comes to giving himself to us It was only a sign, but those 6 jars of water turned into 150 or more gallons of wine at Jesus’ command (John 2:6). That's an enormous amount!  This first of Jesus’...

So, who cares?  Who cares about Tyberius, Pilate, Herod, Phillip and Lysanius, Annas and Caiaphis? Ok, granted…we Christians, who know Jesus’ story, will care about Pilate and Herod a bit later.  But right now, right in this gospel today, what’s the big deal with these guys? The...

Dear Thanksgiving Meal Volunteers: Just days ago, you and I touched the lives of many through Good Shepherd’s Community Thanksgiving Meal.  Thank you!  Counting the servings of leftovers offered at meal’s end, we dished up a record shattering 478 plates of food for people!  The food...

On Sunday, November 25 and Sunday, December 2, you are invited to choose gift tag from the Giving Tree Table at either the Verona or Madison Campus to buy a Christmas gift for a child in Dane County through Early Childhood Development.  Gifts are to...

Mark 9:38-50 is all about how we treat those who belong to Jesus. Jesus’ teaching begins when his disciples observe a person - outside their own group – doing something powerful in Jesus’ name. This person is successful – causing healing for some people previously...