Worship

Apr 17 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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.

Holy Week Unfolds

From the blues of Palm Sunday through the trumpets of Easter!

Palm Sunday, March 29: 8:00am & 10:30am

The holy week drama is previewed through a joyful procession, readers' theatre and blues music.

Maundy Thursday Meal & Worship: April 2, 6:30pm

We gather for foot washing and Agape meal at 6:30 including giving each other communion as part of the meal.

Good Friday Family Service: April 3, 10:00am

Open to all families and children -- great for ages 2 through 4th grade. But older students and adults will find the experience enriching as well.

Good Friday Evening Service: April 3, 7:30pm 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 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

Jazz Prayer: Songs for Saints & Sinners

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Winds of Spring — The air smells fresh, damp, invigorating. The grass is beginning to green. Birds are crooning their sweet mating calls. Its' time for those rites of spring: family walks in the park, opening day at the ballpark and inviting friends for a meal from the BBQ. The Winds of Spirng stir the soul and enliven the heart. This gathering is designed to be meaningful and comfortable for people who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious” and for people who love jazz music performed well.  You'll encounter an hour of music like this. All are welcome. Come early to enjoy community over light refreshments. Read more »

Into the Woods: our Lenten Journey

We are all on a journey "Into the Woods" where we encounter our own fairy tales: challenging obstacles and scary creatures. Yet, God promises to be with us and guide us through safely. Through worship, prayer partners, Bible study and individual journalling, there will be time during Lent to reflect on our own personal, scary woods in which we each find ourselves or we've been avoiding for too long. The 40 day journey gives us time to make more room for God, to let go of the baggage that is slowing us down, and turn around to the path God opens for us. Sign up for a prayer partner here.

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.

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.

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