December 2019

A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign. We wait with patience for the coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice at his...

What to make of a Stump Growing up, my parents spent a lot of time outside doing gardening and landscaping projects all around my childhood home. I dreaded the times when it was my turn to mow the lawn because there were so many trees, bushes...

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who...

Looking for a way to deepen your experience of Advent? Join Sarah, Tuesday evenings (2nd, 10th, and 17th)  from 6:30 - 8:00 at the Madison Campus. Using short writings from prophets, pastors, poets, and playwrights we’ll reflect together on this special season. We’ll also provide time for quiet,...

A Word About Isaiah “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord”.  This verse from (Isaiah 2:5) is our theme for Advent.  Each week a phrase from this invitation from the prophet Isaiah will frame our preaching. Let me give you a bit of...

The December 2019 issue of Good Shepherd's monthly newsletter "The Messenger" is now available to read online. Print copies are available at both the Verona and Madison campuses. Have a question or an idea for a future issue? Send an email to the communications team: communications@gslcwi.com Download...

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will...

Who's Really in Charge? A red cardigan and a simple question, won’t you be my neighbor, make believe stories alongside messages that each person, each child has value and is loved- you know who I’m talking about right?  Fred Rogers’ life story is getting a lot...

Give Thanks Join us in giving thanks and celebrating the abundant blessings of God at our annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship service held on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Madison Campus. Choir, brass, organ, and handbells will combine as we raise our Thanksgiving praise....

Setting the Scene The Sitz im leben is a German term that roughly translates into Setting in Life. It questions why an object or story has been created, and how it functioned or how it was received, it’s purpose...

Jeremiah’s promise of the execution of “justice and righteousness in the land” finds ironic fulfillment in the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. It appears so utterly contradictory that the king should be crucified with the criminal. This victory appears for...

This Sunday we will gather all our gifts together as a faith community to support the Beyond campaign and be attentive to where God is leading Good Shepherd next. Thank you for your prayerful consideration over the past few weeks about your commitment to the future...

I’d like to invite you to simply sit for a moment in the opening words from Jesus in Luke 12:32-34  Jesus’ first words are easy to overlook, but they change everything.  So, listen again and especially note the second part of this first sentence from...

Brothers and sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. November 1st is traditionally known as All-Saint’s Day. And so the Sunday following All Saints Day is All Saints Sunday which has become the day that...