December 2020

Acolyte Adventures The first time I was asked to take on the role of acolyte was on Christmas Eve when I was 12.  My family was often assigned as the ushers for that service at my church and it made sense for me to light the...

Today, we will worship with lessons and carols as we continue our Christmas celebration; a tradition that dates back to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918. The voices of Simeon and 84-year-old Anna join the chorus today in our Gospel reading, recognizing what God is doing...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Pastor Chris Enstad: Human beings are not built for waiting. All of the parts that God has knit together into our bodies speak of movement and searching and doing, doing, doing. It is little surprise, then, that God needs to...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Sherri Swartz: I don't feel like writing a devotion. I'm not sure I even want to rejoice. I know I don't want to pretend I'm rejoicing. And I certainly don't want to add another "should" to my life and...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Eva Perez: In this world without live theatre, Verona Area Community Theatre offered an opportunity for a virtual play. So, naturally, I auditioned. I wasn’t expecting to get anything out of it. I expected a dumb little thing to...

This year’s Christmas Concert will feature Good Shepherd bands, choirs and duets from Jared Stellmacher and former Good Shepherd Director of Worship & Music, Ben Johnston-Urey. They're teaming up again! The program will include favorites from past concerts and some new soon-to-be favorites. Don’t miss...

Each Sunday we share, in place of our story, a portion of the 40th chapter of Isaiah. The people of Israel knew something about collective weariness. In this chapter Isaiah speaks to them tenderly, hopefully, and expectantly. There are some prompts to help you read this...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Diane Kohrs: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Brittany Ballweg: Weariness has taken on new meaning during this time as Brittany and Kyle Ballweg, GS members, watch Kyle’s cousin’s family experience something we hope no one ever has to. Kelsey, who is also a co-worker in...

God Speaks I know most of us aren’t taking any or many road trips in these "Covid" times. But one person’s writing recently reminded of some roadside billboards that were placed along freeways 20 years ago. (“‘If I Was to Speak What Might I Say’ –...

Setting the Table for Christmas As we continue to worship from our kitchen tables, couches, basements, and parking lots, we remember that the Spirit can and does show up regardless of our surroundings or circumstances. Here are some ways to give your “Christmas Around the Tree” or...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Robin Kerl: I would like to start out my devotional with this Bible verse from 2nd Corinthians 4:8-12. It reads “we are hard pressed on every side but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, stuck down, but...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Sarah Iverson: At least one week of my life for the past 10 years has consisted of an experience something like this. 12 hours riding on a bus, 5 days of leading 50 kids around a city, subsisting...