December 2019

As we celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, our gospel today confronts us with the death of innocent children at the hands of Herod. The birth of Christ does not remove the power of evil from our world, but its light gives us hope as...

A Note from Pastor Chris I am thankful, grateful and amazed for each of you that is a part of this church.  We have had an amazing year of wonderful accomplishments to the Glory of God.  In the next year we will continue the work of...

Updated Hours for Christmas and New Year's The office hours at both the Madison and Verona campus will be changing due to the holidays. In Madison, the office will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve and all-day Christmas Day and the day after Christmas. However,...

Consider a Columbarium Paver Honor a friend or family member or remember a loved one with an engraved paver at the Good Shepherd Columbarium at the Verona Campus. We are taking orders now for pavers to be installed in the summer. Order forms are available by...

Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a...

Realism & Hope Expectations are powerful emotions that can serve to excite and defeat us.  How many of you have lived with a set of expectations for yourself or others that have led to disappointments or resentments?  But to do away with expectations entirely would lead...

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...