Dec 19 2014 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 24 2014 - 5:00am - Dec 28 2014 - 10:30am

When to arrive

Most people arrive only a few minutes before worship. Pastor Kathy is found in the lobby 15 minutes before worship with a warm smile to great you. Greeters and Ushers can help answer your questions.

We have two worship services, at 8:00am and 10:30am from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Summer worship is at 9:30am only. A time for coffee and conversation is found after the second worship service when there are two.

Jazz Prayer: Songs for Saints & Sinners

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a Holy Night, Holy Light, a joyous celebration of the Divine Light that comes to us in candle light, star light and soul light. You'll meet fellow lovers of jazz and prayer for an hour of great music, meaningful meditation and fun community, like this - an opportunity to exhale the week and inhale the weekendThird Friday of every month at 7:30 pm. There will be light snacks preceding the service for those who are rushing from work. Take a break, take a breath, slow down and prepare to inhale the weekend.

Worship Schedule

Regular Worship
8:00 a.m. Worship/
9:10 a.m. Sunday School
for age 3 through adult
10:30 a.m. Worship (attended nursery available)
11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour

Summer hours Memorial Day - Labor Day
Summer Worship: 9:30am

More worship details

Christmas Worship

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 5:00am - Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:30am

Wednesday, Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve Worship at 5pm and 11pm:

  • Family Worship 5:00pm: Communion Worship with Children Telling the Story of Christ's Birth
  • Candlelight Worship 11:00pm: Joyous Festival Music, candlelight and Holy Communion Come at 10:40pm for a traditional carol sing.- Stay afterwards for Gluhwien and cookies

Thursday, Dec. 25th, Christmas Day: Worship 10:30am

Sunday, Dec. 28th: Worship 10:30am ONLY (No Christian Education this Sunday)

Regular Schedule Resumes January 4th, 2014 (No Christian Education January 4th) 

We're Expecting ...

... is the theme for Advent this year.  Each week as we grow closer to Christmas, we are reminded that a baby is being born.  This theme of expecting a baby is found in worship and in Social Ministry as we support Bundle of Joy - a project that supplies diapers to mothers-in-need. A crib in the sanctuary collects your diaper donations.

The worship service follows Marty Haugen's "Unfailing Light," a contemplative service giving time to consider how God might be born in our world, community and heart.  On December 14th, we enjoy our traditional Advent Jazz worship service led by our gifted jazz musician, Jonathan Oblander. Read more »

Attitudes Towards Differences: The Riddle Scale

Good Shepherd rests securely in the "Nurturance" section of the Riddle Scale when it comes its welcoming stance towards GLBT people. We assume that diversity in sexual orientation within our community is indispensible. We view differences with genuine affection and delight and are advocates of those differences. See where you are on the attached Riddle Scale.

Worship Content

The two worship services are very similar. At either one you'll experience most of the same music and hear the same sermon. Both share a tone of reverent informality. The 8:00 service tends to be a bit quieter and more meditative, the 10:30 service livelier (9:30 in summer). Children are welcome at both services, but you'll find more children at the later service.

Communion is offered every Sunday at both worship services. Every baptized Christian, from young children to adults, is welcome to receive communion.

In our worship, we seek to glorify God and inspire people. As we worship, we speak to God and about God using a variety of Biblical metaphors: father, mother, shepherd, rock, light, guide, and many more. Such language expands and deepens our relationship with God. And we speak of people using language that we hope includes and honors all human beings as equally beloved children of God.

Music in worship

Good Shepherd enjoys music! For leading congregational singing and providing special music we have two choirs - a senior choir and a gospel choir. There's also a contemporary worship band, Circle of Friends, that includes vocalists, keyboard, guitar, drums, tambourine, flute, harp, and even washboard to play jazz, rock, pop, rhythm and blues, country, swing, and more. In addition, members and friends of the congregation often volunteer as soloists and instrumentalists.

Celebrations in worship

From time to time, worship experiences might include a drama, dance, an opportunity for individual healing prayers, the celebration of a ministry, a baptism, reception of new members, farewell for someone leaving, or a special blessing extended to a person or group.

For some practical details about what to expect at worship, read our Visitor Information.

Sunday Announcement and Epistle Submission

To have the Assisting Minister make your announcement, click here: Announcement and Epistle Submission Form and complete the form by Wednesday midnight.  This link is also available in the Forms tab on our homepage! Approximately 3 announcements will be chosen each Sunday. The same form gathers items for the Epistle and Wednesday ENews. If you do not use computers, you may submit your handwritten requests for announcements or Epistle items to the church office by Wednesday.

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