Advent Tag

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...

“If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy.” – Richard Rohr I seem to be a person who needs routine - I’m old and I have lots of routines. And to me that defines normal. My life has recently been absolutely...

lim·i·nal /ˈlimənl/ adjective relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.   For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my...

A Crowd with a Question John the Baptist must have been a fire-y preacher in his crazy clothing, out in the desert- saying things that were controversial and hard to swallow calling people vipers and talking about unquenchable fire.  And crowds of people gathered around to...

The Light Shines in the Darkness The holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Know…you are not alone. Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are dealing with the death...

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was...

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) The summer right after you graduate and before you go to college...

Joyful Expectation is our theme for Advent at Good Shepherd this coming season. The phrase has an exciting ring to it. Perhaps it even brings back memories of our early childhood days – starting school, new friends, summers, Christmas gifts. Life was good! Time passed and...