Pastor’s Note

The Letter of 1st John is written to very early Christian believers who lived a short time after Jesus was raised from the dead -around 100 A.D. The opening lines of this 1st letter indicate that we are receiving witness from someone who was close...

Maundy Thursday Tonight, we remember that Jesus gathers to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover with his disciples in an upper room. At tonight’s meal, Jesus spends time lecturing his friends over dinner. At various points of his lecture, Jesus tells his disciples that he’s about...

As we enter Holy Week, we begin to hear the stories we repeat, year after year. I don’t know how it is for you, but for me, these stories never get old. They are the stories of Jesus’ death and resurrection that are at the...

Dear siblings in Christ, I am thrilled to announce the Good Shepherd Executive Committee, acting on recommendations from the COVID-19 Task Force, has authorized a return to in-person worship starting outside Easter Sunday, and inside a week later! One year ago, we made the decision to move...

To watch and listen to Pr. Sheryl's sermon, please click here. In the Room If you were to listen to the first chapter of Mark’s gospel read aloud, what might strike you is the description of the ever-growing crowds that surround Jesus as his ministry really begins...

Throughout Lent at Good Shepherd, we remember that we are created for community. In times of face-to-face and virtual togetherness, we are created for connection with one another. But what type of community are we created for? I had just started contributing to a new project...

The Church Community This past Tuesday a group of about 25 church members met up at the UW Arboretum and went for a walk together to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. The hour-long walk was a joyful one as people chatted, caught up and met one another....

Mark 4:35-41 Wednesday nights during lent, we’ll be taking an additional look at the same gospel we shared on the previous Sunday.  Gospel stories are rich with meaning, so we hope you’ll dig deep with we preachers as we come at the text from another angle...

Dear friends and family at Good Shepherd, Our Lenten theme this year is Created for Community. While Lent is most often celebrated by individual acts of penitence, we forget these individual acts are to be undertaken in community with the whole church. Despite our physical separation...

On the Move My family took a very long road trip this past week. Out of necessity. Some of you have travelled or will travel soon. I’m hearing of a few spring-break trips. I’m hearing of some of you taking trips cross country to visit elderly parents...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...