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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,...

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;...

Helping Families Facing Eviction In ancient Israel, there was the concept of Jubilee where every 50 years people’s debts were forgiven, and slaves were set free. While there is debate over whether it was ever actually celebrated, the concept is one that we need to apply...

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....

Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a...

Realism & Hope Expectations are powerful emotions that can serve to excite and defeat us.  How many of you have lived with a set of expectations for yourself or others that have led to disappointments or resentments?  But to do away with expectations entirely would lead...

A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign. We wait with patience for the coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice at his...

What to make of a Stump Growing up, my parents spent a lot of time outside doing gardening and landscaping projects all around my childhood home. I dreaded the times when it was my turn to mow the lawn because there were so many trees, bushes...

Looking for a way to deepen your experience of Advent? Join Sarah, Tuesday evenings (2nd, 10th, and 17th)  from 6:30 - 8:00 at the Madison Campus. Using short writings from prophets, pastors, poets, and playwrights we’ll reflect together on this special season. We’ll also provide time for quiet,...

A Word About Isaiah “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord”.  This verse from (Isaiah 2:5) is our theme for Advent.  Each week a phrase from this invitation from the prophet Isaiah will frame our preaching. Let me give you a bit of...

The December 2019 issue of Good Shepherd's monthly newsletter "The Messenger" is now available to read online. Print copies are available at both the Verona and Madison campuses. Have a question or an idea for a future issue? Send an email to the communications team: communications@gslcwi.com Download...

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will...