Mission Moments

This Mission Moment is shared by Good Shepherd member Sara Ritter:  I had an interesting encounter yesterday while grocery shopping, and it’s been in my head ever since and so I need to share it. I tried twice to tell this story verbally and both times...

What I Do Somewhere around the 7th chapter of Romans Paul writes a paragraph about sin and the law with so many linguistic twists that it can be dizzying to read. One sentence of that paragraph has always hit home for me, both within the context...

Prayer and Discernment in the Midst of Crisis These past weeks have had much to teach us and I, like you, have struggled to find meaning or purpose in what this time of quarantine, displacement, economic and public health crises will mean for us as human...

Innovation and Gratitude We continue to navigate our way through these trying and anxious times. I am amazed at the many innovative ways the Kingdom work of God can be accomplished while coping with social distancing, stress and the fear of the unknown! Thank you for continuing to pray for and support your church!  I ask you make use of the myriad of tools...

How are we going to carry all this? Many summers of my college years were spent working as a counselor at Sugar Creek Bible Camp. One of the programs offered involved spending the week biking 100 miles on the Elroy Sparta bike trail and then canoeing...

We all want to serve, to help, to be of use to others in this time.  The “rules of engagement” have changed but our desire to live out the teachings of Jesus are still alive.  As other institutions, clubs, and initiatives take root and find their way...

 “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!”  (Psalms 130:1)  Many of us grew up where Minnesota or Wisconsin “nice” was expected, particularly in the church and with God. The psalmists weren’t from Midwest USA. They cried out to God in their...

We are the church together Do you remember that children’s rhyme- here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people? While cute and catchy, it is not really accurate because we know the church is not a building. The...

Free to Respond to the Moment Whenever we take our youth and adults away on trips and retreats, we always talk upfront about the anxiousness that will come when we step out of our routine - about the discomfort we will feel when our preferences no...

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Throughout history different cultures, denominations, and worshipping communities have given gifts to the entire body of Christ through their particular language, music, and tradition. The Celtic tradition has a deep relationship with the ritual and language of blessing which has become a gift...

"My mission is to plant a seed of God's love in each of their hearts - so that they will remember for the rest of their lives that Jesus loves them." - Marge cares deeply about sharing God's story with children - and helping them feel welcome...

In response to Mark Renner’s sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, here are some things I have learned over the past few years of using the Lord’s Prayer to guide my personal prayer. Our...

Finding ways to support community organizations In the Book of Acts, the apostles moved from house to house to proclaim the Good News. Eli Martinez described the founding of the Iglesia Pentecostal La Gran Comision Madison campus similarly. The church is based in Milwaukee, but a few...