January 2021

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Delay of Game! First, it was the pandemic. Now, today’s snowstorm is limiting who can safely bring their soup for the Souper Bowl. So, we will have the “Soup Cart” out again next Thursday, February 11 for Souper Bowl Thursday II. Bring your soup during the regular Food Pantry...

Mark's Gospel Last week we deviated from reading through the gospel of Mark, when we heard the story of Jesus calling two disciples as recorded in the gospel of John. Today we’re back in Mark’s gospel, which we will read at worship throughout this year of...

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The 2020 Annual Report of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is now available to read online. Print copies will also be available on a limited basis if needed. ...

As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is...

A long time ago, as a student in seminary, I was pulled into an extremely heated debate regarding full communion with the Episcopal Church.  I was a very polemic voice against that agreement was sure that I had the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions on...

Gather with us Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a time of reflective worship. Come as you are - bring your worries, joys, hopes, fears, exhaustion- all of it is welcome. In song, prayer, silence, and scripture we’ll join together with one another and with creation...

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The Polar Plunge I’ve never done this myself, but I was there in person a few years ago, when several of our church pastors and staff took the plunge. The Polar Plunge. Into a giant hole cut in the ice of Lake Mendota, our church team...

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Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has...

Star of Wonder On December 21, the winter solstice, my book group took a sunset walk in the Dane County section of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  We had a good hike in the warm winter evening.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy with drizzle, so like the rest of...

Gather with us Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a time of reflective worship. Come as you are - bring your worries, joys, hopes, fears, exhaustion- all of it is welcome. In song, prayer, silence, and scripture we’ll join together with one another and with creation...

Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word...