A Pharisee goes to visit Jesus under the cover of darkness, knowing what he knows, only to learn there is more.A Samaritan woman goes to the well knowing who she is, only to be invited into more. Lazarus is placed in the grave, knowing the finality of death, only to experience more.

This Lent we’ll move through the Gospel of John, listening in on encounters where God meets people where they are, and invites them into more. A deeper knowledge, a clearer way of seeing, a truer belonging.

Sometimes in our own journey of faith we settle firmly into our own ways of being and knowing - and remain there. Sometimes we set out looking only for affirmations of what we already believe to be true. Sometimes we seek out whatever new bit of knowledge or experience we believe make us complete. And in some seasons, we feel the compulsion to seek but do not know where to begin.

In the midst of all of our settling and seeking, the God who is always greater comes to us. He comes to break us open, to pull us beyond, to bring us to life. In these grace filled moments we – like Nicodemus or the Samaritan Woman or Lazarus – can feel the Holy surprise of finding what we weren’t looking for.

We hope you will join us this Lent as we worship each Wednesday and Sunday, enjoy meals and conversation around The Chosen, and reflect on God’s presence using our member written devotional. Most of all, we hope you will find time in your schedule and space in your heart not necessarily to seek, but to be found.

Worship Opportunities


Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Holden Prayer

During Lent, we will once again offer a midweek worship service. This contemplative worship service will feature Marty Haugen’s “Holden Evening Prayer” while we continue to explore our theme: “Things are not as they are supposed to be” through music, scripture, reflections and prayer. Join us Wednesdays at noon at the Madison Campus for in-person worship or join us online at 6:00 p.m.

Lenten Devotionals

Stories from Good Shepherd

Members of our church community have shared personal stories of finding what they were not loooking for. There are entries for each week day with bible passages for Saturday and Sunday.

Finding God in the Dust

By Communications Team | March 1, 2023

Bad news never has good timing. Monday, June 8, 2020. We were in the midst of a global pandemic. I was 7 months pregnant and had just returned home after…

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