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 come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.Read More
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 as the day comes to a close.
We encourage you to have a candle with you to light during the service.
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”.
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 continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.Read More
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 in Jesus.Read More
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 out on this wonderful way to highlight the season through music! You can also watch the concert Christmas Eve morning and Christmas morning at 7 a.m. on Fox 47.Read More
The candles of hope are lit once again this evening…illuminating hope for those in who are waiting, for those who waiting has become weary, and for those tonight whose eyes are strained as they watch in hope for the kingdom to come. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.Read More
John calls people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing gets in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.Read More
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.Read More